The number of hotpot/ shabu-shabu restos in Manila is too few! I’m lucky my family has 3 hotpots at home so we throw he-o parties, but if you’re not my friend, where else would you go? You’ll be kawawa.
Thankfully, the metro has a new player that just opened this March 2019: One Pot Manila(人人火鍋). The shabu-shabu pot built into the table has an automated strainer that raises all the contents of the pot above the soup. with the push of a button. With this, guests avoid dipping their chopsticks in the pot or blindly fishing for what they want.
One Pot Manila has notable flavored soups, particularly the Szhechuan Spicy Soup (PHP 588). The other half of the pot was the milkier, milder Soup + Bone Broth Soup (PHP 588).
The first step has always been to make sauce. There’s a station that has an extensive collection of condiments. One Pot Manila automatically charges PHP 68 to the bill for the use of condiments regardless of whether you get some or not. There’s no X.O. sauce but they have a beef version of it.
What’s hot pot without the Bola-Bola? My family first discovered fish balls filled with cheese and roe from our cousins who would often handcarry frozen bola-bolas home from Taiwan. I was so glad to see these candy-striped Sea Urchin Pouches (PHP 228) and pointy Cheese Balls (PHP 258) in One Pot Manila!
When I invited my friends over for a hotpot party last Christmas, my mom said they weren’t very smart, because nobody touched the beef. They all had the bola-bolas which don’t really cost much. I learned from this and saved space for One Pot’s yummy Striploin (PHP 580), Brisket (PHP 380), Tenderloin (PHP 580) and Fatty Beef (PHP 580).
One Pot Manila also has chicken and pork. I wanted innards so we got the Schezhuan Pork Intestine (PHP 288).
Something I discovered that I like was the refreshingly sweet Wong Lao Kat (PHP 70). It was the perfect drink to me down amidst all the spicy Szechuan.
If you haven’t noticed it yet, thing about One Pot Manila is that they charge you for every component of your hot pot. We ate PHP 5,000+ worth and it was good for 4 people. It’s a bit pricey for limited dining, but the promise of quality meat and artisan soup makes up for it.
Location: Ground Floor, Shore Residences, Seaside Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 5 PM to 3 AM Daily
Contact Number: (+63 915) 590-3777