Interesting, a conveyor belt hotpot restaurant.
UPOT at Singpost Centre is one of those places I went without doing any research, entered due to the ‘cold-weather’ hotpot mood.
Maybe I should had just checked.
I was enticed by the relatively inexpensive price I saw on the poster – at $9.90 for a “Xiao Long Kan Old Hotpot” soup with FREE UPOT Combo which was like a bowl of vegetables.
There are 8 soup bases to choose from, such as Pork Bone Collagen, Tomato Soup, Thai Tom Yum, Taiwanese Herbal Pork Rib, and Wild Mushroom Soup.
The hot pot ingredients rotate on the conveyor belt like a sushi bar, and you pick your favourites.
Prices are demarcated by the colours of the plates, ranging from $1.99 for orange, $2.99 for blue to $3.99 for a red.
If you do step inside, I would recommend you ordering ala carte from the service staff instead. Because many of the ingredients went around far too many times, and…
You can have a look at my very pale-looking luncheon meat.
This must be one of the unusual times that even processed spam actually didn’t work well for the hotpot.
The meatballs that I took off the belt, were also dry and didn’t taste the freshest.
The Taiwanese sausages were my favourite though. That’s not saying much.
Sauces were priced at an additional $2.00. You would probably be placed in a catch-22 situation – some sauces would be needed for the meats; BUT the variety wasn’t that exciting. And the popular ones weren’t refilled fast enough.
The condiments included salt, soya sauce, and MSG by the way.
I was probably doing some comparison to Hai Di Lao. If I paid $4 at HDL for a huge offering of exciting sauces, nuts and fruits, this better be at least half as good. Well, unfortunately no.
Left the restaurant feeling quite thirsty, with the bill coming up close to $30 per pax despite not ordering a lot.
The best thing of the meal, was indeed that FREE UPOT Combo.
10 Eunos Road 8, #01-137/138, Singpost Centre, Singapore 408600 (Paya Lebar MRT)
Tel: +65 6741 6666
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Fri – Sun)