Reviews for Chinese Steamboat
2 months ago
Went there with a group of friends and loved it! It's a $22 all you can eat buffet and it's definitely worth it. Also you can make your own sauce and the drinks are free which is great because you'll need some of that iced tea if you try the spicier dishes. Cooking your own food in the pots is fun, I especially enjoyed the meat buns and the rice dessert. It's a good place to go as a group and enjoy chinese food
4 months ago
Finally! I've been trying to look for this restaurant on zomato for the longest time because I thought the words "Chinese steamboat" was a description of the restaurant rather than the name when it was on the window.
Now under new management and at $22 per person, I still really like this restaurant and have been back many times and want to keep going back. It's unlimited hot pot (and I am notoriously a cheapo)!! And there is such a wide variety of food that I think is well worth the money. From seafood like crabs and shrimp (real crabs in shells), lots of different fish, lots of meat, a variety of vegetables and also precooked food like chicken wings, a lot of Chinese dishes and even dessert. Something else I really like is that you can grab the drinks right out of the fridge, and in true Chinese fashion, each table has normally grabbed some iced tea haha.
I recommend getting the half and half steam boat too, just so you have more of a variety, but I personally only eat the spicy side because I can't resist spicy food. The meat cooks really fast because it's so thinly sliced, and I also like how there's a make your own sauce station- I go hard on the peanut sauce haha.
It's tasty, and a load of food- excellent value for money. I sometimes fantasise about eating hot pot. Steam boat is sometimes quite expensive when it's not a buffet, and there is such a wide variety of food, and I find things where you slightly cook your own food fun. Always has a decent amount of people eating, although service can be a bit patchy. They do come around to refill the steamboats quite often though, so I don't mind it.
I really like it and will keep coming back here! Quite hard to get a good picture though, the steam kept going into my camera and fogging it up haha
10 months ago
I would say it's the cheapest steamboat hot pot buffet in Auckland with only $20 each, their pan fried dumplings with pork and shrimp filling is really taste. The service is also good. However, the vegetables and meats for hotpot is not fresh, the dishes are not clean. The floor, toilet are both super oily and dirty. If you don't mind their hygiene, may be a good place for dinner, but I dare not to go twice.
by Kiwi Foodie
Sep 30, 2014
Oh, boy. I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, this place fills a severely underpopulated niche in Auckland dining – affordable Chinese steamboat buffets, as per their aptly-named restaurant. On the other hand, it did make NZ Herald’s infamous ‘Dirty Dining Diary’ list , due to the ‘D’ food hygiene grade. Due to the fact that I hail from a country where it’s fairly common for roadside hawkers to wash their plates by the sewage drains, though, I found that this knowledge didn’t quite hamper my enthusiasm to give it a shot.
Especially as we arrived quite late in the night, just before they were closing, I could see why there might potentially be cause for concern with hygiene. The eating area was quite clean, as were the buffet trays. The toilets weren’t great, though, and all food including seafood and meat are left out on trays at room temperature. They refill the trays quite frequently, so it is highly unlikely that the food was left at room temperature all evening. Still, this might be cause for concern for some, so you have been warned.
Still undaunted, my dining partner and I went right ahead and heaped our plates up. There was a fairly wide variety of ingredients, including all manner of vegetables, eggs, noodles, beef, chicken, fish, large prawns, squid, crab, fish balls, soya products, yam, and mushrooms. You pick a soup base (half-and-half is your best bet, so you get both spicy and normal soup), pick up your ingredients, add seasoning (this step is key, the plain soup is not salted), and put everything in to boil. There are a few appetizers – herbal eggs, sausages, fried chicken, etc to nibble on while you are waiting, but it really doesn’t take long.
We found the buffet – especially the beef slices, large prawns and crab (real crab in shells, not surimi!) – to be well worth the price. And would likely return, although we’d probably try to make it earlier in the evening when the trays haven’t been left out for too long. Neither of us had any food poisoning after eating, though, so all was well.
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