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Liuyishou Hot Pot is one of the latest joints to join the list of delicious must-visit Montreal restaurants. Located in the heart of downtown, this hot pot spot certainly didn’t disappoint – not that I thought it would! Liuyishou officially opened last weekend to celebrate its grand opening, and it was a grand opening.
While I’ve certainly had a great hot pot in Montreal, it looks like I have a new favorite restaurant to frequent.
Once seated, I couldn’t help but notice the modern interior and spacious tables. I mean, this is an all you can eat hot pot restaurant after all – spacious tables are an absolute must.
It didn’t take long to select my broth. I decided to go for a mix of two, the Liu’s House Special Medium Soup Base and the Pork Bone and Ribs option.
Now the fun part: selecting what I wanted to fondue. Liuyishou offers a range of meats, vegetables and noodles to choose from. I decided to try a bit of everything.
What was on my list? OK, let’s go :
- Sliced Beef
- Sliced pork belly
- Hand-cut spicy beef
- Pacific white shrimp
- Popcorn Pork
- Rice cake
- lotus root
- Udon noodles
- instant noodles
- Fried spring rolls
Now when I say the service was fast, I really mean it. By the time both broths were boiling, our table was full and it was time to prepare our fondue.
I tossed in the veggies and shrimp first to cook, putting a few in each broth to get a taste of both.
I then opted for the sliced beef and pork brisket, starting with the spicy soup base.
The verdict? The hot pot was fucking hot! Sliced beef with the aroma and flavors of spicy broth was a combination I didn’t know I needed.
Now, if you’re someone who likes spicy food, then the medium base is for you – even go for the full hot option if you’re feeling adventurous enough.
It provided just the right amount of kick without sending me into a full-blown coughing fit. As for the bone broth and pork ribs? My absolute favorite.
The simplicity of this soup base provided a fabulous blend of flavors that went well with everything, especially noodles and greens.
Liuyishou also offers a toppings and sauces bar, so you can take your hot pot experience to the next level. From sesame seeds, peanuts, green onions to soy sauce, hoisin and an array of other choices, the flavor train just wouldn’t stop.
After diving into everything, and I mean everything, we ended our meal well with fresh fruit offered by the Liuyishou bar.
There’s just something about finishing a spicy and salty meal with the sweetness of oranges, watermelon and cantaloupe that I can’t explain – but it was definitely the icing on the cake.
Now am I going to ditch my other hotspots in town? Not at all. But I will definitely put Liuyishou in the mix a bit more frequently.
So… are you still hungry?
Hot Pot Liuyishou Montreal
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Price: $29.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors, and $17.95 for children.
Address: 1224 Crescent Street, Montreal, QC
Why you need to go: Liuyishou Montreal lets you dip into a range of delicious broths and hot pot items from various meats, vegetables and noodles for the ultimate hot pot experience.