Monday, January 2, 2012


JPot is a relatively new restaurant, set up in 2009. Its focus is to use Singapore-style hotpot soup bases. These soup base include JPot Superior Broth, Bak Kut Teh, Herbal, Laksa, Silky Porridge, Tom Yum or Vegetarian.

We ordered Set D ($98++) for 4 persons. Note that they only serve the more expensive sets for dinner, public holidays and weekends, during lunch time. So, if you intend to save some money, opt for the lunch set on other occasions other than those mentioned above.

Set D gives you a Seafood Jumbo Pork Ball Platter which includes prawns, scallop, gauropa, cuttlefish, fish noodle, pork ball, freshly sliced & marinated meat (we opted for marinated pork and chicken), deep-fried dim sum, (we chose the deep fried wanton), vegetables (spinach with enoki mushroom) and noodles or rice (we took laksa noodle and vermicelli).

$30 for steamboat is frankly quite expensive. But this is in exchange for quality and novelty. Quality in the sense that the food is very fresh. The scallop, prawns etc were screaming of freshness. Freshness is really not a given at steamboat places. Novelty in the sense that you get this fish noodle thing where you squeeze it out like piping icing on cakes, and also where they give you a giant meatball and you have to slice it using a wooden apparatus.

It's not your typical hotpot where you have fire at the bottom of the pot. This is by induction cooking- how cool's that. The tom yam soup base was exactly how it's supposed to be- spicy and sour. Perfectly appetising.

You also have an a choice of sauces where they give you instructions on how to make your perfect dip for the steamboat. I didn't try it simply because 1) I was too lazy to get to the station and 2) I thought the tom yam soup's flavour was strong enough.
The hotpot was quite filling for me and as I mentioned above, the freshness of the food is something that you are paying for. Plus, if you are a stickler for hygiene, getting your individual hotpots while sharing the raw ingredients, may be a good alternative to the anything-goes shared steamboat.

Tip: 20% off from 930 pm onwards! You might also want to consider getting a Jumbo Rewards card (we did) if you intend to eat at more Jumbo restaurants!

1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: +65 6273 3536


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