wu ji mala vs. hot pot palace buffet?
Just moved to the peninsula 4 months ago from North Carolina.
Can any of you Chowhounds help me decide the best place to eat hot pot close-ish to Palo Alto? I'm not adverse to going into the city, but it seems like Cupertino/ San Jose would have better bets.
I've turned up Wuji Ma la and Hot Pot Palace but both seem to do personal hot pots, not big share-ing dishes. Any advice?
Now that's interesting news. Feel like I should run over to Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in San Mateo for one last time before it changes. San Mateo serves cocktails and has more contemporary ambience.
P.S. I suspect the broth has too much MSG for your tastes.
34396 Alvarado Niles Rd, Union City, CA 94587
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot
215 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
WuJi Mala House
1715 Lundy Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
19062 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Saw that piece on the group's website. Anti-trust regulators in China didn't give the green light until November. And I read that Yum already had a 30% stake in Little Sheep, so maybe won't change as much as I feared at least not at existing locations. Will be interesting to see how the hot pot concept expands into new markets.
Has anyone tried the Cupertino location?
The good thing about the Northern California branches of Little Sheep is that they have two new broths, pickled sour cabbage (with mung bean noodles), and pork rib with lotus root, both quite excellent and good alternatives to the msg ladened original broth. San Mateo branch is very good overall, at least surpassed the service, ambiance, and ventilation in San Diego location.