MINI POT Chatswood Soft Opening- Buffet Hot Pot Deal

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There’s not many places in Sydney where restaurants offer hot pot buffet and doesn’t break the wallet. This winter, MINI HOT POT has just opened up in the heart of Chatswood and it is just perfect timing to visit when Mother Nature is being so damn cold. Instead of standing next to a heater all night to keep myself warm my thoughts turned to ALL YOU CAN EAT HOT POT. The hot pot buffet prices for Monday to Thursday dinner, $26.88 per person or Friday to Sunday $28.88 per person. If you’re a keen bean and can’t wait for dinner then during lunch hour from Wednesday to Sunday $20.88 per person. There’s a fair bit of novelty, so keep in mind to only bring an empty stomach. Besides all you can eat, their buffet is 2 hours limit, so you don’t have to rush stuffing your face with a mixture of foods.

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Ready to take on the ALL YOU CAN EAT hot pot?

Just look how practical it is to have your own electronic stove. What’s even more cool and high-tech is there are 3 buttons for you to adjust the boiling levels (small, medium and large). I seriously wouldn’t mind having one of these at home. Teehee.

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 How hot is the electronic stove? They’re installed into the tables.

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Spacious seating at MINI POT Chatswood

The original chicken soup base comes with the buffet package, but if you wish to challenge your tastebuds or try other soup base flavours then it will cost extra, depending on what you order. The key to a successful pot of chicken soup is adding different ingredients and making sure the chicken is properly seasoned. The chicken gives the soup base its distinctive character. Here at MINI POT, the broth is the soul of the hot pot.

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 Original chicken soup base

Spicy beef soup was fragrant with spiciness but the chopped chili was horrifyingly hot and can only be wanted for the chili lovers. To compare its very own sister restaurant, CQL MINI POT spicy beef soup is better as it contains more herbal elements. Overall, this soup is perfect to order when Mother Nature wants to provide a crazy windy weather outside.

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 Spicy beef soup (additional $2)

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 A variety of fresh greens

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 Continue the veggie madness!

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 Not every day you get to see kelp and black fungus on the menu.

So like, how many frozen scrolls of thinly sliced lamb, beef or pork can you handle? I mean these cook ridiculously fast that you’d question if you ate some or not. It’s super easy to cook and goes so well with any sauce. It seems every single time I try to refill my plate, the meat section seems to never end.

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MEATASAURUS Vanny is here!!! (Lamb, Beef, Pork)

Are you ready to make your own sauce? If you don’t know where to begin, I think it’s vital to at least grab a small bowl of soy sauce. There is no secret to creating an awesome sauce as MINI POT provides friendly advice to create your own mixture. There’s so many sauces to choose from such as peanut butter, black bean, soy sauce, sesame, hoisin and many many more.

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 Create your own sauce at the sauce bar.

My plate was full and it’s so great you have the opportunity to try a bit of everything. Starting from left we have sliced lambfishclamsbean curdquail eggspork blood jelly, handmade noodles and mushroom.

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Round 1 tray

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 Quail eggs and clams are great for hot pot.

If you’re feeling thirsty, they have really traditional Asian drinks that I highly recommend giving a go. The Chinese prune drink ($4) is a very mysterious beverage in many restaurants. It’s not your ordinary prune juice as it provides a tangy flavour to it but it does contain a sweet after taste. For the Wang Lao Ji ($4), it’s one of the super popular drinks in mainland China. It’s a drink that you’ll love forever as it has a unique sweetness with just a mildly characteristic herbal taste.

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 Prune drink and Chinese traditional (Wang Lao Ji) drink ($4 each)

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 Got to pace yourself with buffet hot pot. 

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Must try the handmade noodles, so tasty.

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 Noodles are ready to eat.

Almost reaching halfway through to my hot pot, the owner of MINI POT, Simon greets us with dessert. A massive bowl of tofu pudding with red bean ($6.80) arrives at our table and it’s just so satisfying to see dessert was ready and waiting for me.

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A HUGE bowl of tofu pudding with red bean.

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 Rice cake at the hot food section

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 Spring onion pancakes are ready to eat.

Besides hot pot, noodles is on the menu. You’d be head over heels with the Dry Noodle with Minced Pork ($12.80) as the noodles was a perfect cradle for the porky sauce. This dish radiates with the vibrance of spring with the green bok choy and chopped spring onions. Oh boy it is filling when you’re having it with hot pot as well. Please note: the portion we ordered is not the exact one as we requested a smaller version.

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Dry Noodle with Minced Pork ($12.80)

It’s such a brilliant way to spice up boring tofu with noodles. So the Noodle with Tofu Pudding ($10.80) is remarkably delicious and it will leave you satisfied. It’s a triumph of textures and flavours and a touch of sweetness from the tofu. Please note: the portion we ordered is not the exact one as we requested a smaller version.

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 Noodle with Tofu Pudding ($10.80)

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The tofu pudding is  so silky and smooth.

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Feasting for close to 3 hours is FUN.

At first glance, herbal jelly for some people might scrunch up their nose to eat  this, but the taste is pretty unreal. With a mash up with fresh cut watermelon and bite-sized pieces of herbal jelly it is a great way to end a Chinese hot pot meal.

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AGAINSimon surprises us with a large bowl of fresh cut watermelon with herbal jelly.

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Table for one ? Sure, MINI POT can do that.

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 OH MY GOD! It’s…it’s dessert hour. (Excuse the facial expression) 😀

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Don’t feel like hot pot? Then there’s plenty of seats for À la carte diners.

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 Outdoor and function seating is available at MINI POT.

The service at MINI POT in Chatswood is attentive and friendly. It’s so close to the station that if you’re belly is extremely full and you don’t feel like driving, then training it home is the safer option to go. For dinner, I think $26.88 per person on weekdays or $28.88 per person on weekends is pretty reasonable, so it won’t hurt your wallet too much. I’ve come across some hot pot places and they charge by the plate for the same kind of foods for $5 or more. Don’t forget this buffet package also includes hot food and desserts which is WIN.

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 Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended with a guest thanks to MINI POT Chatswood.

Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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16 thoughts on “MINI POT Chatswood Soft Opening- Buffet Hot Pot Deal

    Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said:
    July 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    OH MAN THIS LOOKS GOOD. Considering it’s less than $30 and in a place like Chatswood – all the better! I’ve always gone to Little Lamb in the CBD, but I’ll have to give this place a go now since you get your own pots!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      I know right? It’s never easy finding a hot pot place that’s under $30, especially if it’s BUFFET 😀

        Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said:
        July 18, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Having said that, just went to hot pot tonight as well. BEST WINTER FOOD.

    irene said:
    July 16, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Just another reason for me to visit Chatswood. I wouldn’t even mind trying this in summer, everything looks too good!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      I always seem to have cravings for hot pot during summer…and this is the perfect place to visit, especially when it’s all you can eat 😛

    Cassandra (@__cassiiieee) said:
    July 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    omg say what? ALL YOU CAN EAT HOT POT?!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      YA heard me, ALL YOU CAN EAT 😛

    James said:
    July 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    When I get back in Australia, this is definitely worth trying 😉

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      I’d be definitely be revisiting this place too! 😀

    milkteaxx said:
    July 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    i love this place, the food is actually good stuff. i love that facial expression, i may have to share the pic!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Worth visiting! I sense a hot pot date coming soon 😛 Thanks for the kind words.lol

    Helen | Grab Your Fork said:
    July 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Eat all the meats! Impressed they have tofu pudding too! Mmmm….. dangerously enticing. lol

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      That’s the same reaction that I got as well! I know tofu pudding was heavenly delish 😛

    John said:
    November 27, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    It’s a walkable distance to the station but certainly not “so close”. It’s at the far opposite end of Chatswood shops. Ipot is much closer to the station, less than one block. Having said that, the food and décor look much nicer than Ipots.

    oohsunshine said:
    May 28, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Hi, just wondering do you get the food like a normal buffet (self serve) or do you have to fill out that hotpot form like other hotpot restaurants for them to bring it out to you?

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 9, 2016 at 12:39 PM

      Hey Oohsunshine,
      Unfortunately the mini pot in Chatswood is closed, however it’s still open in Burwood opposite the station. It’s self serve buffet with a lot of variety considering other hot pot places charges per plate. Hope that helps.

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