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Sep 12, 2013 01:02 PM

Hai Di Lao? WTF is this? Paging Chandavkl, TonyC

"Hai Di Lao, which translates to "fishing in the bottom of the sea" in Mandarin, is a tech-savvy, customer service driven enterprise, sort of like the Benihana of hot pot. Abroad, patrons waiting for tables can play board games, use the internet, eat free snacks, or even get a manicure and shoeshine.

Customers order via iPads and the restaurant offers a "cyber" dining room equipped with flat screen tvs and a service that enables businessmen to conduct video chat meetings while dining. The room costs $65 per hour.

Hai Di Lao owner Zhang Yong trains "noodle masters" for about four to six months in the art of stretching balls of dough into noodles by "whipping the center out like a jump rope and rippling and swirling it through the air like the ribbons." (The old Philippe on Melrose offered a less grand performance like this.) Eventually those noodles are dropped into diners' broths."

I'm so confused by this restaurant.

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  1. overly extravagant mainland hotpot?

    1. Sounds like TonyC is the only one who has actually been there. There have been some anticipatory discussions, on this board I believe, involving ClarissaW and JThur01

      1. OMG. HaiDiLao was my favorite hot pot place in China. The service was amazing. They also had this refrigerator so you can see the freshness of the produce and meat they were using that day. I cannot wait for the official opening.

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            HDL 海底捞火锅 operates 24 hours, and across major cities in China

            Some other Chinese websites and their takes