Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Little Lamb Hot Pot, Melbourne CBD by Big Fil

Little Lamb Hot Pot is a small restaurant on Russell Street offering all you can eat Mongolian style hotpot (steam boat) for $23 per person. Comparatively quiet most lunchtimes, the completely fogged up windows some cold winter nights make it look a bit like the inside of a sauna.

On taking our seats for lunch a large sheet of paper was provided listing the various ingredients which can be ordered. For most of these multiple servings can be ordered for sharing. We ordered what appeared to be an enormous amount of food but what was probably about right for three hungry guys.

The majority of ingredients are for cooking in the pot, which comes divided like a ying yang symbol, with an ordinary stock on one side and spicy on the other. You add the ingredients you have ordered into the pot which cook in the boiling stock, adding more as everyone dives in for choice morsels of meat, vegetable or noodle. Its quite a social way to eat, kind of like yum cha in that a wide variety of dishes are chosen that everyone shares. Once everyone has finished and the stock has been infused with all the flavours from the cooking it can be spooned into bowls and drunk.

Little Lamb is a basic little restaurant offering a different variety from other steam boats I have tried, being lamb based rather than seafood and pork. I probably prefer the more seafood oriented steamboats but it was good to try something different and I'd be happy to return if someone wanted a hot and hearty meal to ward of the winter cold.

Food - 6.5
Service - 6.5
Ambience - 5.5
Price - 7.5

264 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9663 3993

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