Buffet restaurants are a big hit nowadays and they’re almost always a full house in every location. My friends and I are among the many others who especially love celebrating events in such restaurants where we can eat all we can without consciously minding about the supply of food to keep conversations going. 😛 Last Christmas, we were quite late to make reservations for our barkada. We ended up dining in at King One Rotary Hotpot in Tomas Morato.
Review of King One Rotary Hotpot (Tomas Morato, Quezon City)
Design and arrangement-wise, King One Rotary Hotpot is not really a stunner but nothing to sneeze at either. Its charm perhaps mostly roots at the lively family atmosphere and endearingly friendly staff. At the center, the rotary belt is pretty much the main attraction in the restaurant.
Each table features a stove of hot and flavorful broth where vegetable, seafood, and meat options are dropped in and cooked. It only takes a couple of minutes before food is ready to be fished out with tongs or chopsticks.
King One Rotary Hotpot has a hybrid of self-service and table service. From the moment we sat down, the staff handed out a checklist of items we want to get. Apparently, not all items on the list were placed on the rotary belt, so guests still have to request others from the waiter. Somehow, the ordering part was easy and convenient. Appetizers, drinks, and desserts were available on the buffet table, and we could grab them at our own pace, too.
Food tastes were okay in general, and the variety of items for the buffet hotpot was satisfactory. Few short courses could be ordered as part of the buffet set but in no way they could be considered destination-worthy. Quality did not pack a punch and failed to incite quite the mania fans of Chinese food.
Moving on, from the conveyor belt, the top two ones we got were the sliced marbled beef and the beef balls. I could not recall just how many plates of sliced marbled beef we shoveled down our greedy little gullets, but it was surely more than six. 🙂 The beef was sooo good!
Vegetables like enoki mushrooms, tofu, and fresh greens and seafood like crab sticks, scallops, and oysters were also delightful. The real diet-detonator though was the utterly addictive balls oozing with cheese. Texture was soft like your pillow and taste was a cross between yellow sunshine and heaven.
Desserts were meek (sigh), so we crossed the street to the new J.Co for some donuts and coffee.
Price for Value: ★★★★☆
Dining at King One Rotary Hotpot in Tomas Morato was fun, interactive, and enjoyable. At PhP 650/person, the price represents a fair value for money. The vast dining room with burners at the center of each table is great and recommended for family-style dining and for big groups of friends like ours. 🙂