Chao Hotpot @ The Starling opened with a bang just before Chinese New Year. Ever since then, I have been walking past and yet did not have the courage to walk in on my own.
I mean, it is a hotpot place and usually you go there with at least another person in tow.
And the Chao Spicy Lunch Set and Local Delight Lunch Set. Hmmm... sounds nice!
So I walked in one day for a test drive. The decor is pretty much fancy and bar-like, I mean, after all they call themselves a Hotpot Bar.
The table I sat at faced this wall of bottles. I settled on the Spicy Lunch Set and chose the Portuguese Grill Fish set. This set comes with a drink.
I don't know the name of the drink in Chinese and the label said "Sugar Cane with Water Chestnut". The leng lui gave me two choices and I asked her to get me the one that was the least sweet.
The side dishes consists of half an egg, a spicy pickle that tasted quite similar to kimchi and something sweet and chewy which I reckon is the dessert.
It was stingray judging from the soft bones. There were some slices of ladies fingers and brinjals in the mix. As for the spice paste, it was spicy but I did not register was sort of mix it was. I can't say that I was impressed.
It tasted nothing like any spice paste that I am familiar with. The portion size of the fish was generous and this meal was very filling. What I can say is that I did not regret ordering this meal but I won't order it again.