18 Brook Cantonese Cuisine (十八溪粵菜館)

There are quite a few “All You Can Eat” hotpot places in town. I still remember when I was in highschool … back in the day when quality means less to me than quantity, my buddies and I would go to Hei Yuet Hotpot Seafood Restaurant (喜悅火鍋海鮮酒家) for HK$ 98 all-you-can-eat-AND-DRINK (!!!) hotpots. Can you imagine what a table of 10 pubescent boys can do to a business when there’s an endless supply of food and beer? We were their worst nightmare. Granted, they served some unknown “German” beer … which probably cost like HK$1 per can. I can never quite understand how a business model like that would work in HK, but apparently, it works for a few places. I try not to think too much about where they get their food though.

Last time I walked past Hei Yuet, I think I saw “HK$ 88” for the same deal. Probably a “Tsunami Price”. Lucky for them, my buddies and I are more concerned about our weight now … and we do appreciate good quality over quantity.

So where do you go when you want all-you-can-eat in Hong Kong but decent food? 18 Brook Cantonese Cuisine at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel in Wanchai. For HK$ 188 + 10%, you get all you can eat hotpot (drinks are extra and that’s where they kill you on the margin). They give you a “complimentary” shark’s fin soup … which really is shark’s fin, but of lower (very low) quality, of course (see picture below).

Sharks Fin at 18 Brooks

Sharks Fin at 18 Brooks

You each get a pot to yourself (nothing new there), which is basically shabu shabu … you choose your soup base from around 10 options … and order whatever you want …

Shabu Shabu at 18 Brooks

Shabu Shabu at 18 Brooks

I just realized there isn’t much to talk about for hotpot. Their stuff is just really fresh (well, fresher than most places).

The End.

All You Can Eat Hotpot for HK$188

All You Can Eat Hotpot for HK$188

Not. Hahah …

Actually, it was a friend’s birthday that night and the lady who served us said we’ll get complimentary dessert as well as Sou Bao (壽包), which roughly translate into “longevity buns”. They’re white and pink and are shaped like a peach, but within, it usually contains really sweet lotus seed paste and egg yolk. Anyway, we did get our complimentary dessert, but it turned out we were charged for the buns too! Not that they cost much, but it just wasn’t right how they said its free, but ended up charging us. Maybe we ate too much.

While I wouldn’t compare this to Fong Wing Kee  in Kowloon City or Po Po Gourmet Hot Pot (寶哥味館) in Happy Valley, the quality of the food they serve is, I believe, above average compared to most other hotpot restaurants in the city.

Eighteen Brook Cantonese Cuisine
8/F., Convention Plaza
1 Harbour Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong
灣仔港灣道1號萬麗海景酒店8樓
Tel: +852 2827 8802

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One Response

  1. how come this post doesn’t have a siu yeh rating? the post before this one too!

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