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May 23, 2010 07:22 AM

Little Q Hot Pot, Arlington

Went for the first time last night and thought this place blows away other Boston-area Shabu Shabu joints. Broths were full of multiple whole spices, garlic chunks, ginger, scallions -- more like full-fledged soups than mere dipping broths. Generous portions of good standard meats and seafoods, plus more unusual choices like big chunks of beef tendon (melts in your mouth after a few minutes in the broth). Also great value at the price point compared to other Shabu joints. Lots of empty tables on a Saturday evening; need to generate some enthusiasm to keep this place going.

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  1. I'm soo excited to hear this. We definitely miss them after they were pushed out of Quincy.

    I can't wait to get my friends over to this new Arlington location and give it a try.

    1. Any menus anywhere? My wife isn't crazy about the hot pot and I would love to try it but it would only make sense if there were other items on the menu (noodles, sushi, teriyaki, etc.).

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      1. re: marcreichman

        There are plenty of other items (Szechuan Chinese) on the menu besides the delicious hot pot! Had a great and healthy meal with the family tonight. What a great addition to E. Arlington! Can't wait to go back!

      2. Taste of Taiwan was another Quincy restaurant from that redeveloped block that was displaced, and rumored to be moving to the suburbs. Has anyone heard if landed anywhere?

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        1. re: Karl S

          I think it is the folks that started Blue Asia in Allston.

          Blue Asia Cafe
          113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

          1. re: Karl S

            yes, blue asia cafe in allston is owned by the same people as the late taste of taiwan. the menu is different but they occasionally include some of their more popular dishes as specials

          2. Ooh! Thanks so much for sharing! I also loved the Quincy one and was so sad when it got displaced. I hope they still have the Mala broth? That was my favorite! Can't wait to check it out.

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            1. re: jgleeche

              Yes, they definitely have the Mala (i.e. "numbing and hot") broth, and it is just as excellent as it was in Quincy. If you like cilantro, order a plate of it there and dump it into the Mala broth and it will quickly infuse the broth with added "bite" as well.

              1. re: lipoff

                brilliant idea! i'm definitely doing that when i go.

                1. re: lipoff

                  My husband LOVES cilantro, and I never thought of putting it in the Mala broth! Yum! We'll definitely try that when we go. Thanks!

              2. samovar, can you plse clarify something for me?Maybe i misread something but i'm confused. Shabu shabu is japanese and mongolian hot pot is chinese. Little Q is what? thank you.

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                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  I guess Little Q is "officially" Mongolian Hot Pot, although in practice it has many common features of Shabu Shabu places, and that's the shorthand my kids use.

                  397 Hancock St, Quincy, MA

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    Most of the shabu places here are distinctly Chinese style, not necessarily Japanese.

                    1. re: kobuta

                      exactly. and a kind of fusion of the various chinese styles at that--i.e. not exactly chong qing hot pot, not exactly beijing shuang-yang-rou, & etc.