A friend who asked for “budget hotpot” that can fit his group prompted me to write this post, after he commented most hotpot restaurants in Singapore are expensive. (Also read: 10 Best Hotpot Restaurants In Singapore )
Thankfully, he didn’t ask for cheap AND good AND can sit many people, because that would be non-existent in this country.
Taiwanese hotpot restaurant Shi Li Fang is one of the wallet-friendly hotpot restaurants you may want to consider, with 9 branches in Singapore and counting.
You can find the restaurants in City Square Mall, Orchard Central, Icon Village, Thomson Plaza, Chinatown Point, J-Cube, West Coast Plaza, Bedok Point, and Hougang 1.
It prides itself in its MSG-free soup bases, non-fried cuisine, with over 20 dipping sauces (sauces offered free of charge).
They have different promotions going on at different times and branches, so it is best to check with the restaurants (if they answer your call).
The current set-meal is priced at $9.90++. Plus there are occasional 50% off seafood and meat items.
With that said, you would usually find yourself needing to top-up if you come in a group.
Recommended items included Japanese Kurobuta Pork ($13.00), Japanese Wagyu Beef ($24.50), Specialty Beef ($6.10), Pork Tenderloin ($5.40) and Crab ($9.80).
First things first, I know some of my friends would give me *that look* if I were to suggest Shilifang.
I think this largely has to do with their tacky décor more than everything. That bright purple walls, Pokemon toys which look fake, and staff having to wear those (fake) Pokemon caps inviting people to come in.
There is a robot that serves and can ‘sing’ birthday songs. But I will suggest the humans to do the singing instead.
Soups include Specialty Mala Soup, Tonic Chicken Soup, Beauty Collagen Chicken, Nourishing Fish, and Tasty Mushroom Soup.
Try their Tomato Base soup for light tanginess and sweetness in the broth, which would become more flavourful after addition of the meats. So actually the soup base was not that bad, though you know the meats are not of the highest quality.
Service can be inconsistent between branches, with some reviews stating service staff “looked bored” and would “stare into blank space”.
As the Chinese saying goes, ”一分钱一分货”. You get what you pay for.
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd #02-53/54 Singapore 208539
Tel: +65 6636 7899
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #07-10/11 Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6238 0800
Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street #01-41 Singapore 078877
Tel: +65 6222 8518
Thomson Plaza, 301 Upper Thomson Road #01-106 Singapore 574408
Tel: +65 6456 0800
Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road #B1-30 Singapore 059413
Tel: +65 6636 3833
J-Cube, 2 Jurong East Central 1,#02- 08A Singapore 609731
Tel: +65 6694 2122
West Coast Plaza, 154 West Coast Road #02-24 Singapore 127371
Tel: +65 6266 2858
Bedok Point, 799 New Upper Changi Road #03-38/39 Singapore 467351
Tel: +65 6581 8885
Hougang 1, 1 Hougang Street 91 #01-23 Singapore 538692
Tel: +65 6282 6678