Xiao Wei Yang Hot­pot

→ Open daily 11am-1am. Un­li­censed. Dubai Ma­rina, op­po­site Habtoor Grand Re­sort (04 421 4650).

Time Out Dubai - - FOOD -

SUR­ROUNDED BY THE glitz and glam­our of Dubai Ma­rina, the low-key Xiao Wei Yang Hot­pot might not be the most ob­vi­ous place to head to eat if you’re in the area.

How­ever, if you’re look­ing for a laid-back spot with a bustling at­mos­phere, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

And the food is equally worth go­ing for. Pick a broth to share with the ta­ble, be­fore se­lect­ing in­gre­di­ents to cook be­fore you. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds, and you’ll end up try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate through the de­li­ciouss­melling steam that bil­lows from the pot.

Op­tions range from lamb leg to lo­tus root, and there’s plenty for veg­e­tar­i­ans, too. A huge plat­ter of meat comes in at less than Dhs40, while even the fussi­est of eaters will find some­thing among the dozens of var­ied op­tions. We’d rec­om­mend head­ing there with a group and grab­bing one of the combo plat­ters so you can try lots of dif­fer­ent things in one go.

If you’re still hun­gry af­ter all that cook­ing (which we doubt), then make sure you try the golden fried buns for dessert. They’re served with a sticky vanilla cus­tard. It’s a sugar and carb over­load, in the best of ways.

Don’t ex­pect sil­ver ser­vice (it’s ruth­lessly ef­fi­cient), chic in­te­ri­ors (it’s a lit­tle bit dated and dingey) or haute cui­sine (you’ve got to do the cook­ing your­self, re­mem­ber?). But if you’re look­ing for an ab­so­lute bar­gain of a meal that’s a lot of fun at the same time, then Xiao Wei Yang Hot­pot is a must.

WHAT IS IT... Au­then­tic hot­pot restau­rant WHY GO... To try some­thing new

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