A Good Hot Pot
BY: ALISON WILSON, Brisbane Chamber Director Marketing / Sales email@example.com
Walking into the newest restaurant in the Brisbane Village Shopping Center is a step into the 1,000-year-old culinary tradition of Genghis Khan and nomadic Mongolian riders. Owner Ricky Tang spoke to me about the long history of the Chinese Hot Pot cuisine. I learned about the influence of Mongolians, Tibetans, Manchurians, Russian and Muslim tribes have had shaping this distinctive cuisine.
Gordon, Helen and Ricky Tang opened Round N Round Pot on August 5, 2018. I asked Ricky why they chose Brisbane to open this elegant and welcoming restaurant. Ricky replied, “People are nice in Brisbane and adventurous in trying new flavors. They enjoy eating out. We wanted to locate our business in a venue that was easy to get to, had plenty of free parking with a relaxing outdoor view. We found it at the Brisbane Village, a large space across from the Community Park, at the base of San Bruno Mountain with easy access from 101, San Francisco and South San Francisco. Our customers include business people, retirees, families, workers who are on a tight time frame to those who want to linger over a long lunch and/or dinner. This is a perfect location for us.”
At Round N Round Pot, diners have the ability to create their own meal to satisfy their taste buds. Guests first select a choice of beef, lamb, pork or chicken and next choose a steaming soup base of chicken broth, Japanese miso, Szechuan numbing hot & spicy, Malaysian, Thai sour and spicy; cilantro & preserved duck egg, tomato soup and creamy milk soup. The server turns on the hot plate at the table that is in front of the individual diner, places a bowl for the soup base and fills it with the diner’s selection. Ricky commented that each person’s meal is determined by the choice of meat and soup base they select. We spoke about the full and diverse range of food, fish, meat balls, dumplings, vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, and noodles are placed on small plates and bowls that circulate on a conveyor belt for diners to take as they pass by. Proteins range from scallops, shrimp, squid mussels, clams, imitation crab stick, fish fillet to octopus. We spoke about unfamiliar and familiar tastes, such as duck egg, pork blood, chicken kidney, beef tripe, pork intestines, and quail eggs provide new flavors to discover and enjoy. Drink choices range from fresh tea, lemonade, and soda. Beer and wine will be added to the menu in the future.
Ricky said, “this is an all you can eat restaurant, so we do not offer take out. We use local and sustainable ingredients. We take pride in being a green business and protecting the environment.”
Round N Round Pot is open from 11am-3pm for lunch and 5pm to 10pm for dinner. They are located at 182 Old County Road in the Brisbane Village Shopping Center, Brisbane CA 94005. Their phone is 415-715-8419. Stop by and say hello.