Hi! Recent Seattle transplant (formerly a DC 'hound) and am interested in recommendations for Hot Pot. We have enjoyed Little Sheep in Bellevue, but I find myself wondering if there is something better out there. We love Little Sheep's spicy broth and enjoy the big selection of options for both the adventurous and not so adventurous. Any recommendations of other places we should try that may top Little Sheep?
(p.s. I've read about Shabu Shabu, but it seems to only be open on the weekends and we often do hot pot on Wed/Thur when we have a babysitter ...)
You're not missing much with Shabu Shabu. It's kind of fun to have your own individual hot pot, but beyond that it's nothing special.
I'm not sure there's much better than Little Sheep, but there are one's I like better (for convenience, and other reasons).
My favorites (and reasons why) are:
1) Gourmet Noodle Bowl (high quality meats)
2) Hong Kong Bistro (open late, huge variety of 'variety' meats and everything else)
3) Sichuanese Cuisine (because I love everything there)
On the eastside, Spicy Talk Bistro isn't bad.
Also, there's there real Little Sheep Hot Pot (on 156th) and the Little Hot Pot fake-Little Sheep imitator behind Crossroads mall. I didn't mind the fake, but the real one is better--it's the fanciest setting of any of these.