The place was packed, and smelled of meat, vegetables, and hot broth… we were definitely at the right place. Having gone to other hotpot restaurants before, this one was clearly different. It had a refreshing, modern ambiance, and had more to offer. Aside from the hotpot shabu-shabu style dining that they specialize in, they also serve ready to eat dishes, buffet style. Most of them are a mix of Chinese and Japanese cuisines. There was also a carving station where juicy slabs of meat pleased meat-loving diners. The time we were there, they had roast beef, Lechon Macau, turkey, and lamb!
There was also a sauce station especially for the soup! We heard that they have their specialty house mix, so we requested for that instead of having to experiment with different tastes. It was a combination of their spicy sauce, soy sauce, and peanut sauce so it tasted very interesting and added just the right amount of kick to our shabu-shabu lunch!
My sister stayed with her at the table to make sure she won’t leave to get up for more food, which is what someone at a buffet lunch would usually do.Seeing that she already really wanted to get more servings, we just went for it and came from the back with a cake in one hand, and a bunch of flowers on the other… surrounded by a whole camera crew to record her reaction.
After having our fill of the hot pot, we decided to scavenge for what was left at the ready-to-eat sections and dessert stations since the buffet was about to close. Aaah! Good thing the chefs and attendants were very helpful, and assisted us with our requests. We particularly enjoyed the ice cream flavors they had… coffee marble, and black sesame! Let’s just say we had more than one scoop! Also enjoyed their tempura and fresh sashimi! The ready to eat section has about 7 specialty dishes too aside from the tempura, teppanyaki, and carving stations.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the beautiful bay area right outside too for those #ootd and family photos! A mother’s love makes the world go ‘round, so from my family to yours, wishing all the Super Moms out there an advanced Happy Mother’s Day!
The SM by the Bay complex operates from 6am-2am and the restaurants are open from 11am-1am. It’s also open every day for 365 (366 if leap) days a year, especially on Christmas and New Year.