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