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May 7, 2010 10:27 AM

Little Q Hot Pot - East Arlington

This place, on Mass Ave just next to Flora, just opened. I had a nice dinner there with my fiancee last night. We got a two-broth pot (spicy and miso) and a bunch of items - frankly, the hot pot menu is a bit overwhelming with all the choices. I wished they had maybe some more combo selections - things like a tofu platter - to make ordering a bit less complex.

The seafood platter was tasty in the spicy broth (which as it boiled down, got intensely hot - there was a lot of stuff floating in that broth, garlic, ginger, chiles, and a half dozen other things I didn't recognize).

There were a couple of larger clams on the seafood platter that didn't open, causing me worry, but the waitress noticed and replaced them quickly with two more (a tad smaller) that cooked up just fine. We also got some pan fried dumpings that were very well done - nice and crispy on the pot-sticking side, not too doughy overall.

Obviously it was their first night, so they were very attentive to things but still new to the location. No wine was in stock, but they'll have wine and beer available.

I'd go back again.. its a nice East Arlington add..

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    1. [Cue up "Wake Up" by Arcade Fire....] Woo-hoo!!!!!

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Do they have the $16 hot pot buffet like the old Quincy location?

        1. re: joebloe

          I didn't notice it mentioned or anything like that set up.. perhaps its a lunch thing - I had never visited the Quincy site

      2. I went for lunch today and had the spicy broth with premium pork and it also come with a bunch of greens. Tons of food and boy, was the broth good especially after it had cooked down a bit. Can't beat that for $7.95. Service was a little bit to attentive but rather that than it being slow. Sadly there was only two tables occupied but I for sure will be back. Loved those little bok choys.

        1. Went for dinner tonight and had a lovely time. The staff is super friendly and helpful. They seem a bit shocked that they've had so many patrons without a stitch of advertising.

          We got the choice lamb combo platter with two broths: the mala (spicy) and the Chinese miso. This was a good pairing since the miso broth was a good breather between bowls of the fiery mala broth. The combo came with a bowl of noodles and a basket of veggies (one mushroom, one slice of tomato, one chunk of corn on the cob, one chunk of fried tofu, and a pile of watercress, baby bok choy, and a larger-leafed green that might have been water spinach), and we supplemented with a side of Chinese broccoli, an order of egg dumplings, and an extra bowl of noodles, which were AWESOME.

          The lamb was very tasty, and both broths were great. I echo the thing about the spicy broth getting spicier as it boils down. Our waitress kept coming over to check on our water glasses, and was surprised when we weren't drinking as much water as she expected us to. ;)

          A good value, too: under $30 with tax and tip!

          I can't wait to try some of their non hot-pot items.

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          1. re: litchick

            $30 with tax and tip - is that the whole bill? Or per person?

            It sounds like you ordered one combo platter for 2 people? What you described seems to be a good amount of food for 2. I assume that's not being frowned on?

            1. re: y2000k

              Two people. And it was plenty of food for two. They don't care if you just order one combo plate for two people since they have a baseline cost for the hot pot itself -- it's (I think) $3.95 for the first person, and like $1.95 for the second person. (I may be slightly off in the accuracy of those prices, but not by more than 50 cents or so.)

          2. Does anyone know the hours of operations? Thanks

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            1. re: mats77

              Mon - Thurs: 11:30am - 3pm, 4:30pm - 9:30pm
              Fri: 11:30am - 3pm, 4:30pm - 10:30pm
              Sat: 11:30am - 10:30pm
              Sun: 12:00pm - 9:30pm