I’ve had many a hot pot. As most of you know, I’ve lived around Asia for five years and many countries enjoy a nice pot that is hot. However, before my trip to China, I had only tried a Szechuan hot pot once! When I had the opportunity to try an upscale Szechuan hot pot in Beijing at the Red Bowl restaurant, I jumped on it!
The restaurant is located at the Rosewood hotel and you’ll be able to read about my stay their in a different article. Most hot pot restaurants are family oriented and not very upscale. However, Red Bowl is very chic and trendy. The dining room was filled with people from all over the globe. They offer a wide variety of hot pot choices to ensure everyone is satisfied no matter their taste buds. For our evening, we decided to go with two soup stocks. One was of course, the spicy Szechuan and the other I believe was a potato and tomato. It’s good to have both spicy and regular, for balance. Zen life.
The real fun part about the hot pot experience, is choosing all of your own ingredients. For this, we went with the best beef on the menu, which was a fantastic wagyu. You can see the marbling in the meat was just perfect! Bring on the fat! We also ordered some spicy venison which was marinated in chili oil. We also ordered those green things called vegetables too.
From here on out, it was up to us to place the ingredients into the pot and then into the sauces and then into our mouths. The staff would occasionally come around to help us put the tougher items into the pot so as to not splash red soup everywhere! It can get wild folks.
Some of my beverage choices were local draft beer and Japanese sake. To finish off the meal, we went with typical Chinese desserts of pomelo in mango cream and pureed red beans. I must say that I would highly recommend you to order the pomelo in mango cream!
The evening went off without a hitch. Everything we ordered was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The staff was friendly and helpful. The design is very trendy and created a special type of hot pot experience. The next time you’re in Beijing and you want to have a high-end hot pot, try Red Bowl inside of the Rosewood hotel.
Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020, PRC, China
Phone: +86 10 6597 8888