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Dec 9, 2008 05:11 PM

Hot Pot Restaurants in San Francisco

With the weather getting cold - any suggestions of good hot pot restaurants in San Francisco. I already know about Coriya Hot Pot on Clement. Hoping to find something that is not a buffet with quality ingredients. Used to live in Shanghai and got totally spoiled by the quality of the hot pot restaurants there.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

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  1. If you are looking a seafood-oriented hot pot, rather than the Chongqing/Sichuan style, you won't find finer ingredients than those of Koi Palace. (They're not in the City, of course, but close). If you are looking for the spicier variety, there are a couple of branches of Xiao Fei Yang in the Bay Area but not close to the city. A couple of the larger Dm Sum restuarants in the Richmond (Tong Palace and/or the place next door) advertise hot pot, but I don't know if it's buffet-style or not.

    If you go to Koi Palace, be sure and confirm before you go that they will be serving it; they don't like to serve hot pot during their busiest periods.

    1. Zone 88 on San Bruno Ave. in SF (Portola district) has a separate hot pot menu. They offer a number of different broths -- we really liked the duck/beer broth -- and lots of good ingredients.

      Here's a post describing a hot pot chowdown at Zone 88:

      Zone 88 Inc
      2428 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

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      1. re: Nancy Berry

        Although they don't specialize in it, I've had hot pot at Old Mandarin Islamic on Vicente.

        1. re: Nancy Berry

          I forgot about Z88. It's a Sichuan Restuarant, so they probably do Sichuan/Chongqing style best.

          1. re: Nancy Berry

            Zone 88 is now under new management as a pho restaurant; Cali Pho Nia - proclaims the banner over the door as of December 22, 2008.