Liuyishou Hotpot is a place that I have seen in Toronto quite a few times, but have never actually tried it out. Time worked out nicely as I was formally invited to Liuyishou Hotpot in Ottawa during my time here!
Located in Nepean, Liuyishou Hotpot is a recent addition to the Ottawa food scene and presents a beautifully orchestrated dining room and hotpot galore. Everyone inside was getting into their meals and preparing their hotpot.
We were given two things – one was the menu and another was the instructions on how to make different sauces for the hotpot meats. I really enjoyed the interactive component at Liu Hotpot and making the different sauces to experiment with with my guest. We were able to make a garlic onion oil sauce and a satay sauce which both tasted exquisite.
The waiter who was helping my guest and I was very attentive to what we desired and offered to give us assistance, however I was fairly confident that I would be able to eat. I think this misconception on my part was a mistake because I ended up ordering more for a party of 8 or more people as oppose to just 2.
On the table we were served a seafood platter, beef, pork, beef and pork balls, udon noodles, house noodles and a selection of some vegetables for cooking in hotpot. Firstly, I believe that I ordered too many different proteins/meat, which meant that when it was all cooking in the same pot, it actually ruined the taste of the broth as oppose to making it better. Secondly, I think there was a huge importance in knowing what to cook first – because I managed to overcook most of the meats and did not have much room for the noodles and vegetables to be cooked, meaning when I ate them they were actually under-cooked.
All in all, I believe it was my mistake for over-ordering which made my experience not the greatest here at Liuyishou Hotpot. However, I do want to take this chance to applaud this franchise restaurant in providing a beautiful display of hotpot options, excellent service and a great atmosphere to try out hotpot.
Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
Ambiance – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
Taste – ♡ ♡ ♡
Service – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡