All-you-can-eat hotpots are one of my go-to options when I feel like stuffing my face. There’s just something really satisfying about tucking into freshly cooked meat slices and vegetables in tasty broth – which was what I was seeking when Jien and I went to Wagyu More at The Gardens Mid Valley.
This Japanese-style hotpot restaurant offers different beef cuts including wagyu beef, alongside vegetables, noodles and condiments to go with your hotpot. There is also a section offering assorted sushi, desserts and also hot items like fried spring rolls, samosa and pasta.
Sauces are self-service – depending on preference, you can make your own preferred dipping sauce to go with your meats and vegetables. If I’m not mistaken, there are six or seven soup options to choose from; sukiyaki, pork bone, miso, tomato, spicy pork bone, kimchi and curry.
The buffet (RM36.80++ for lunch, RM44.80++ for dinner) includes all the beef, pork and chicken you can eat. On weekends, they sometimes offer fish of the day. You can opt for the Iberico pork package (RM98.80), Australian wagyu package (RM148.80) or Japanese wagyu package (RM388.80) if you’re feeling luxe.
If you’re dining in a small group (2-3 pax), you get individual pots which is great for those who are particular about cooking methods. Larger groups are given the sharing pot (2 soup options) from what I can see.
Jien and I were given individual pots – I opted for tomato broth while he took the pork bone soup. Both were quite diluted in my opinion, and you’ll need to add a lot of meats and ingredients for the flavours to come through. This is where the dipping sauces come in handy.
Meat options are decent and despite the peak hours, service is still quick and efficient. The fried spring rolls are good fillers while waiting for your hotpot to be ready but go easy on them as they take up quite a bit of stomach space. I took the sukiyaki broth during my subsequent visit. Slightly better than the tomato broth but still, insipid.
I reckon the broths are diluted in general to allow you to slowly build the flavours during the cooking process. But I was expecting something more flavour-packed so that was a bit disappointing. There’s a good variety of vegetables, meat balls and noodles for you to add into the hotpot at Wagyu More so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth if you’re a good eater.
Ice cream, soft drinks, coffee and tea are also part of the buffet package. Overall, I do find Wagyu More’s hotpot good value for money but taste-wise, the broths aren’t as tasty. That said, if you’re in the area and want to indulge, it’s best to call ahead to book because there’s always a long queue.
Food: 5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Good variety of meats and ingredients but I feel the broths are average at best.