Simmer Huang is a relatively new Chinese restaurant that opened in Sunnybank Plaza. They were originated from China and also have a couple of branches around Australia. Jacky and I decided to try this place as it looked interesting and we felt like hot pot at the time.
When you are seated, there is a piece of paper for you to order and select the ingredients that you want in your dish. They had a wide selection of vegetables as well as meat to choose from. You can also select the spiciness level to your liking. I was really craving for something spicy but Jacky can’t really take spicy food so we settled for the mild level.
The environment of the restaurant was clean and tidy. They had pots and covers placed on the trays next to the table for easy access.
The customer service on the other hand, would vary from different waiter and waitresses. Most of them were nice and friendly, but there were one or two that had a constant moody face when serving. But overall the customer service was great and friendly.
We ordered a mixture of meat and seafood as our base and added on some cabbage and tofu.
They would cook in front of you, first melting their famous butter paste and then adding the vegetable and meat selection on top. They arranged the seafood and meat so neatly which was very pleasing to the eye.
After a while, they would add their own special sauce on top ensuring that everything was evenly covered and cooked it for a little bit more.
LOOK AT HOW MOUTH WATERING THIS LOOKS!
(Confession, these photos were taken roughly one month ago and when I was writing this post, it looked so delicious that Jacky and I went there again cause we were craving it)
I love the squid the most. It was so succulent and chewy and the spice made me grab for more. I was eating non-stop. The others were also delicious but the squid was on point.
When we have eaten nearly half of the dish, the waitress would come to ask if you would like you eat other ingredients that needs to be boiled (eg. Cabbage, tofu, etc.) and add stock into you current dish.
I don’t know about you, but I just love cabbage! Both ways of cooking were delicious. One thing with adding the chicken broth later is that, if you do not have a lot of sauce left, the soup will taste slightly bland. This happened during our second visit.
I would definitely re-visit this restaurant whenever I’m craving for something salty and spicy. In fact I had before finishing this post, haha. Jacky actually came to this restaurant during their opening with his friends and he mentioned that the mild flavoured hot pots were tastier in comparison to the non-spicy ones. The price of one hot pot was also quite pricy, I think we paid roughly $80+ for the entire meal.
Besides that, water from the ceiling starting dripping in the middle of our meal. We informed the waiter before we left and they said that it was due to the vapour from the hot pot that condenses at the ceiling.
The last thing that I would like to comment about was their drinks. I did not enjoy their housemade drinks so I would not recommend it to anyone. During our second visit, we just ordered the standard canned drinks like Coke/Sprite to avoid those drinks again.
Sunnybank Plaza, Shop 119, Corner Mains Road & McCullough Street, Sunnybank, Brisbane
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM to 3 PM, 5 PM to 9:30 PM
Phone: 07 3358 9749