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Top 5 Hotpot Restaurants in Singapore to Warm Your Belly

Top 5 Hotpot Restaurants in Singapore to Warm Your Belly

  • Menu Range – We picked hotpot restaurants that offer both ala carte and set hotpot packages. We also considered the quantity of ingredients that a hotpot set comes with.
  • Dining Experience – We chose hotpot restaurants that can seat groups and have accommodating staff. We gave bonus points to restaurants that are clean and spacious.
  • Cost – We assessed if each restaurant’s pricing is justified considering the taste of the soup bases and the ingredients, the number of side dishes, and our overall dining experience.
  • Food Quality – We picked restaurants that serve fresh and flavourful ingredients and soup bases.

Our tummies sometimes demand something as simple as a piping hot broth filled with our favourite ingredients, but it’s not so often that a set meal can give you what you specifically want. Hotpot restaurants, however, just might do the trick. 

Offering a variety of soup bases and customisable add-ons, hotpot provides you the opportunity to concoct a warm and hearty meal that perfectly suits your taste. With that said, here are our picks for the best hotpot restaurants in town. 

1. Black Knight

Black Knight

Soup Bases: Drunken Pot, Nourishing Beauty Pot, Spicy Pot

Website: https://blackknight.sg/home.php

Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-02/05, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596 

Contact Details: +65 6518 9198 / [email protected] 

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: (Lunch) 11:30 am – 3:00 pm / (Dinner) 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm 

Google Reviews4.5/5
Total Reviews4.4/5
Score Consistency4.2/5 
Menu Range 4.6/5
Dining Experience4.4/5
Ambience4.5/5
Staff Amiability4.3/5
Cost (A higher score means a better value, not higher fees)4.4/5
Food Quality4.6/5
Taste4.6/5
Freshness of Ingredients4.7/5

Pros

  • Wide variety of soup broths
  • Serves fresh meats, both the beef and pork add-ons were tender 

Cons

  • Waiting for your order may take more than 20 minutes
  • Pricey 

If you’re a big hotpot aficionado, Black Knight is definitely the best place to indulge your tummy because of the sheer range of their hotpot bases, such as spicy, chicken peppercorn, and taro spare ribs.

Since our group can handle spice pretty well, we ordered their spicy pot with bean curd, beef, tendon, and beef tripe and were pleasantly surprised by the umami flavour it packed. 

The flavourful broth had an acidic undertone from the bean curd to cut its saltiness. The beef, on the other hand, was pleasantly tender, and the tripe was also an easy chew. 

We also ordered their snowflakes Wagyu beef and Okinawa pork belly to cook in the remaining broth. The Wagyu, in particular, felt like butter in our mouths. 

Alas, our dining experience wasn’t the best. We had to wait for more than 20 minutes for the raw add-ons, which wasn’t something we expected from a restaurant that charged us a premium. 

2. Coca

Coca

Soup Bases: Double Boil Treasure, Tom Yum Soup, Healthy Chicken Collagen Broth, Merciless Mala, Healthy Fresh Tomato 

Website: https://coca.com.sg/

Locations: 

(Suntec City) 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-440 Suntec City, Singapore 038983 

(Takashimaya S.C.) 391 Orchard Road, #04-23 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City

(Leisure Park Kallang) 5 Stadium Walk, #02-01 Leisure Park Kallang, Singapore 397693 

Contact Details:

(Suntec City) +65 6259 7176 

(Takashimaya S.C.) +65 6734 7887 

(Leisure Park Kallang) +65 6241 3833 

Operating Hours:

Suntec City

Monday to Friday: (Lunch) 11:15 am – 3:00 pm / (Dinner) 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm 

Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays: 11:15 am – 10:30 pm 

Takashimaya S.C.

Monday to Thursday: (Lunch) 11:30 am – 3:00 pm / (Dinner) 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays: 11:30 am -10:30 pm 

Leisure Park Kallang

Monday to Friday: (Lunch) 11:15 am – 3:00 pm / (Dinner) 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm 

Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays: 11:15 am – 10:30 pm 

Google Reviews4.7/5
Total Reviews4.4/5
Score Consistency4.2/5
Menu Range 4.6/5 
Dining Experience4.3/5
Ambience4.6/5
Staff Amiability4.1/5
Cost (A higher score means a better value, not higher fees)4.5/5
Food Quality4.4/5
Taste4.6/5
Freshness of Ingredients4.3/5

Pros

  • Serves Thai and Chinese fusion flavours 
  • Hip and modern interior 

Cons

  • Dismissive and unwelcoming staff 
  • The vegetables served weren’t fresh 

Imagine Thai and Chinese flavours fused in hotpot form. That’s what COCA serves in one big bowl!

We tried their tom yum soup base with a bunch of seafood add-ons such as scallops, lobster balls, Pacific clams, and fish beancurd rolls and loved how the seafood easily absorbed the sour, slightly herby, and savoury broth. 

The vegetables that we ate alongside the seafood weren’t as fresh though.

As for the ambience, we were pleasantly surprised by the hip and modern vibe of the restaurant. (Our pics in it were definitely Insta-worthy.) 

It’s just a shame that their staff were a bit dismissive and unwelcoming upon our arrival. In fact, we had to ask a waiter to hand us the printed menu. 

We weren’t expecting royal treatment since COCA isn’t a fine-dining restaurant, but as paying customers, we at least hoped for decent customer service. 

3. Tsukada Nojo

Tsukada Nojo

Soup Bases: Chicken Collagen Stock, Sukiyaki, Tomato, Pumpkin, Spicy 

Website: https://www.tsukadanojosg.com/

Locations:

(Plaza Singapura) 68 Orchard Raod, #03-81 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839 

(Thomson Plaza) 301 Upper Thomson Road, #03-50 Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408 

(SingPost Centre) 10 Eunos Road 8, #01-136 SingPost Centre, Singapore 408600

Contact Details:

(Plaza Singapura) +65 6336 5003

(Thomson Plaza) +65 6261 4952 

(SingPost Centre) +65 6908 4587 

Operating Hours:

Monday: (Lunch) 11:30 am – 3:00 pm / (Dinner) 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Tuesday to Sunday: (Lunch) 11:30 am – 3:30 pm / (Dinner) 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Google Reviews4.8/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4.6/5
Menu Range 4.6/5
Dining Experience4.4/5
Ambience4.4/5
Staff Amiability4.5/5 
Cost (A higher score means a better value, not higher fees)4.5/5
Taste and Food Quality4.4/5
Taste4.5/5
Freshness of Ingredients4.4/5

Pros

  • Serves unique soup broths such as collagen broth 
  • Accommodating staff 

Cons

  • Waiting for your order may take more than 20 minutes
  • Some pre-cooked add-ons may be bland, particularly the chicken 

If you want your hotpot on the healthier side, Tsukada Nojo’s famous collagen hotpot just might be right up your alley. 

The soup of our choice was the white miso soy milk, which we thought was a really good base for the jelly-like collagen to melt into. In fact, it made for a rich and savoury broth and was the perfect accompaniment to the veggie and chicken add-ons.

The chicken on its own was admittedly a bit too bland for our liking, so it’s best that you infuse it in the broth for a couple of minutes so it can soak up some of the umami flavour. 

Apart from their good food, we want to give kudos to their accommodating staff for helping us pick a good soup base. Our only note is that the serving speed took more than 20 minutes, which we think was a bit too long for pre-prepared broths.

4. Empire Hotpot & Cantonese Cuisine

Empire Hotpot & Cantonese Cuisine

Soup Bases: Empire Supreme Lobster Broth, Fish Maw & Cartilage Soup, Sichuan Spicy Hotpot, American Ginseng & Angelica Root Fish Head Soup, Japanese Rice Wine Clam Soup 

Website: https://www.empirehotpot.com/

Address: 391 Orchard Road, #05-13/14 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872 

Contact Details: +65 6908 0606 

Operating Hours: 

Monday to Friday: (Lunch) 11:30 am – 3:00 pm / (Dinner) 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Saturday and Public Holidays: (Lunch) 11:00 am – 3:00 pm / (Dinner) 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Sunday: (Lunch) 10:30 am – 3:00 pm / (Dinner) 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Google Reviews4.3/5 
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.3/5 
Menu Range 4.7/5
Dining Experience4.5/5
Ambience4.5/5
Staff Amiability4.5/5
Cost (A higher score means a better value, not higher fees)4.6/5
Taste and Food Quality4.6/5
Taste4.7/5
Freshness of Ingredients4.6/5

Pros

  • Uses high-quality ingredients such as fresh lobsters 
  • Accommodating staff 

Cons

  • Long queues for walk-in customers waiting for available seating
  • Pricey 

Empire Hotpot & Cantonese Cuisine’s is a great restaurant if you’re looking to treat yourself or your family with a warm and hearty meal. 

Their lobster broth, in particular, packed sweet, savoury, and seafood flavours in one big bowl. 

Getting the meat out of the lobster shell was pretty challenging, but it made the experience fun, albeit a bit messy. The fuss was also made more worthwhile by the fact that the lobster was tender and every bit flavourful. 

Now, as you may already know, high-quality lobsters are pretty expensive, so this meal’s hefty cost shouldn’t be surprising. 

It’s best that you make a reservation beforehand to avoid queuing for 10 minutes like we did. Queuing wasn’t too bad though because the staff served us a glass of water and handed us the menu so we could finalise our order. 

5. Guo Fu Hotpot Steamboat

Guo Fu Hotpot Steamboat

Soup Bases: Vegetarian Soup, Curry Beef Soup, MIld Spicy Soup, Kimchi Soup, Herbal & Spicy Soup 

Website: https://www.guofu.sg/

Address: 20 Cross Street, #01-31 Cross Street Exchange, Singapore 048422 

Contact Details: +65 6557 0906 / [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm 

Google Reviews4.4/5
Total Reviews4.3/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Menu Range 4.4/5
Dining Experience4.4/5
Ambience4.3/5
Staff Amiability4.5/5
Cost (A higher score means a better value, not higher fees)4.6/5
Taste and Food Quality4.4/5
Taste4.5/5
Freshness of Ingredients4.4/5

Pros

  • Attentive and accommodating staff 
  • Affordable 

Cons

  • Always packed with customers, finding an available table could be difficult 
  • Some add-ons may not be available

Guo Fu Hotpot Steamboat may look daunting to some since the restaurant always appears crowded. However, it can only mean one thing: good and affordable food. 

In fact, braving the crowd at this restaurant was one of the best decisions we made because we got to experience their curry beef soup. 

The broth was aromatic, and the taste was enough proof that they didn’t skimp on the herbs and spices. The freshness of the coriander particularly stood out, which we thought was a good balance to the rich broth. 

For our add-ons, we initially wanted to order their vegetarian set, which consisted of three types of mushrooms, some leafy greens, tofu, veggie balls, and dumplings, but some of the add-ons were not available during that time. 

Thankfully, their staff was quick to recommend their mushroom set instead.

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