Review: Four Seasons Hot Pot

by gigi on January 24, 2008

It was my grandpa’s birthday the other day and we all congregated for dinner at Four Seasons Hot Pot in Aberdeen Centre. My uncle ordered a set menu for us so we had the traditional 10-course Chinese feast. I didn’t think to take out my camera until the end so I was unable to take any pictures. What I did like about this place though was that they had different variations on traditional pictures. For example, the lobster and crab came on a bed of steamed sticky rice. The rice made this dish very filling and tasty.

The thing I wanted to note was their take on the Chinese birthday buns, which are steamed and filled with lotus paste inside. Normally, these pink and white buns are molded into a peach shape. At Four Seasons Hot Pot, they were molded into the shape of a bunny or cat (depending on your perspective :) ).

They came in a steamer basket like so:

four seasons hot pot

Each individual bun was SUPER cute. I actually thought these buns tasted better than the regular ones because they were freshly steamed and the lotus paste was very light.

four seasons hot pot

One thing I found out after this meal was that the restaurant puts massive amounts of MSG in almost all their dishes. I like to think I have a pretty high tolerance for MSG but I felt like I had MSG overload afterwards…with a dry throat, constant thirstiness, and my stomach also felt queasy. The food here was excellent but I’m not sure how well the MSG agrees with my system so I feel obligated to mark the food rating down a bit.

3600-4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

Food: [rating:2.5] (I would have given this a 4-star rating if not for the MSG)
Service: [rating:2.5]
Price: n/a (I’m not sure because I didn’t pay)

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