Mention steamboat restaurant and the thought of mosquitoes flitting from ingredient to ingredient, and death traps in the form of slimey oysters strewn on a slippery floor conjures to mind. But Hai Di Lao Hot Pot, a restaurant that doles out Sichuan-style hot pots, bucks this trend. Opulence and sublimity are the hallmarks of this stalwart. The bill adds up quickly, but the dining experience is worth every cent.
The visceral pleasure is immediate. The sophisticated grandeur of the interior recalls that splendid feeling of stepping into a luxury hotel. At Hai Di Lao, what eclipses the exceptional food is the first-rate service. The waitresses are only eager to flash not perfunctory but megawatt smiles. After you’re seated, they will hand out hot towels — and will continue to do so throughout the course of the meal. Ziploc bags are also readily furnished to protect your precious phones. How thoughtful is that?
Knowledgeable and quick to dispense advice on the food, the waitresses are always ready to meet your every whimsical request. They will even help immerse the ingredients into the simmering pot, and any unctuous layer of foamy scum does not go unnoticed by them.