So the weather’s been giving us a decent respite but you know there’s going to be at least one or two more cold spells before winter relinquishes its grasp. Nothing better to fight that off than with some hot pot, I say, and you can do worse than the immaculate cleanliness and parade of meats available at Mo-Mo Paradise.
The decor feels like a modernized and streamlined version of a Japanese shabu shabu place. The pine frames are there, as are the dark clay tableware, but rice paper screens have been replaced with semi-opaque glass and the traditional hot pot fire is now an electric range. Everything looks wiped down properly.
There are two choices at this all-you-can-eat joint – one type of hotpot or two. If you and your friends decide to just go for one, the price is 77RMB for lunch and 128RMB for dinner. Want a little variety and it goes up to 88RMB for lunch and 150RMB for dinner. Unfortunately, drinks aren’t included.
Yes, it’s not the cheapest way to hot pot (we’ll cover that some other day), but it certainly is comfortable and a good value for the cash you do throw down.
What is included is a specially prepared appetizer, anything off the meat and veg section, and an ice cream to round out your meal. We decided to try out a sukiyaki-flavored pot and a spicy miso pot (there are two others to choose from – shabushabu and pork bone). As soon as we ordered, the meats and vegetables magically appeared and continued to magically appear throughout the night.
Perhaps its the place’s Japanese origins and Taiwanese management – the service was spectacular. As soon as we looked about done with a meat selection, a waiter was on hand to ask if we wanted a refill. A waitress would push a cart of vegetables (one of the widest selections I’ve seen) and give recommendations based on which pot for the greens we should try. When we asked for something not on her trays, she logged it in and it was out to us within a couple minutes.
If you’re in the mood for something prettier and better quality than the average hot pot, then Mo-Mo Paradise is definitely worth consideration. Sure, you’d spend half as much at the local shop down the street, but the meat will be gummier, the decor less appealing and the waitstaff way less friendly.
Mo-Mo Paradise is located on the second floor of 35 Shaanxi Nan Lu near Changle Lu, 陕西路35号. Telephone: 5236 6038