When a restaurant is named "Beauty In A Pot", there is no need for hard-selling or cheap Groupon deals of any kind to get my eyes twinkling in interest. My body and brain goes into auto-mode: I Must GO!
Who wouldn't? When this hotpot concept by the Paradise Group offers delectable nourishing soup bases with a wide selection of quality ingredients. Yes, the broth is chock-full of collagen-richness! Who wants beauty? Drink more, drink more!
Cannot say "good things never share" or "bojio" okay, Beauty In A Pot is situated at the recently-opened OneKM shopping mall which is just a short walking distance away from Paya Lebar mrt station. Now you know :p
The hotpot restaurant's interior is comparatively classier than your regular steamboat joints, with dark louvered panels enhanced by a variety of feature lights, yet it manages to exude a sense of cosy homeliness. Perhaps the warmth and attentiveness of the service staffs had something to do with it. It added soul to the place.
One of the main selling pot of Beauty In A Pot is their soup bases. Not just any soup, but soup that promises to deliver beauty and nourishing benefits!
The Beauty Collagen Broth ($20 per pot) is the ultimate broth everyone should go for. Rich, naturally creamy and bursting with collagen goodness from quality shark's cartilage, it tasted flavorsome to the max and brought smiles and beauty to our faces!
Using pork bones and Chinese herbs including red dates, wolfberries, ginseng, dang gui and dang shen, the Spicy Nourishing Broth ($20) with Szechuan chilli oil provides an extra boost of immunity and energy with three levels of spiciness (mild spicy, spicy and extra spicy).
Our choice? We are greedy, we want the best of both worlds, we ordered the Twin Flavors Broth ($25)!
But of course, we got more than just beauty and nourishment in a pot. The array of fresh ingredients available to satisfy our bodily hunger ranges from meat and seafood to vegetables and noodles, and even a big pot of steamed white rice which is placed next to the condiments counter! Can help yourself to the rice, buffet-style. #notkidding
If only the ingredients are served buffet-style too haha! But no.
My usual style would be to get the set menu to save myself the hassle of thinking what to order and minimize the risk of over-ordering at the same time. No such option at Beauty In A Pot though, as ingredients are only available ala-carte in half or full-sized portion.
Prices falls into the affordable category, with US Angus Prime Short Ribs at $12/$24, Sliced Lamb at $8/$16, Sliced Pork Collar at $5/$10, Live Drunken Prawns at $11/$22, Red Garoupa at $28 onwards, Dumplings from $3/$6 onwards, as well as Vegetables and Mushrooms from $3/$6 onwards, just to name a few items from the extensive menu.
Their signature Koi-shaped Homemade Fish Tofu ($1.80 per piece), made from a secret recipe of yellowtail fish, soya bean and egg white, came highly recommended. There are also a selection of Specialty Homemade Paste including Pork ($12), Dried Scallop Fish ($12) and Ebiko Prawn ($12)
As I'm not really a fan of paste or balls (preferring slices of meat), the highlight for me was the fatty Sliced Pork Belly ($6/$12) which went exceeding well with the spicy broth.
The delicate taste of US Kurobuta Pork ($9/$18) and exquisite marbling of US Wagyu Ribeye ($21/$42) only needed a quick dunk in the collagen broth for an ultimate sensory enjoyment. I whacked it all!
We ended our hotpot lunch with complimentary rounds of Yuzu Drink which was icy and refreshingly effective as an after-meal palate cleanser.
Beauty In A Pot may not be the first restaurant to innovate the concept of having drinkable collagen as part of our meals (think Tsukada Nojo's Bijin Nabe, Shirokiya and Momiji Shabu Shabu), but rather than calling it a copycat, I rather appreciate the additional option that is presented to us diners.
If person A sells chicken rice, person B can also sell chicken rice lah.
I also like it that the hotpot restaurant opens till late at 3am on Fridays, Saturdays and Eves of Public Holidays, and 1am for the rest of the week, which serves as a great option for late dinners or suppers.
Even if I'm not getting my beauty sleep at those hours yet, I take heart that at least I'm getting some Beauty In A Pot :)
Beauty In A Pot
Address: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, #02-21 OneKM, Singapore 437157
Contact: +65 6702 2542
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-1am / Fri, Sat & Eve of PH 11am-3am / Sun & PH 11am-1am