Upot Singapore is where to go for one of the hottest new trends to come onto the local food scene: the conveyer hot pot. That’s right folks, just when you thought eating hot pot couldn’t get any more fun, this Taiwanese restaurant in Singapore went and took things to an entirely new level. Perfect for big groups, an experience at this Paya Lebar restaurant is best enjoyed with friends or family (so you can sample a bit of everything). You’ll find the restaurant at SingPost Centre along Eunos Road, just steps from the MRT station of the same name. Reservations are recommended at Upot, as it can get very busy indeed.
One thing’s for sure, there’s no other place in Singapore like Paya Lebar’s Upot. Inspired by the trendy conveyor-belt hot pot restaurants in Taiwan, this Singapore restaurant has garnered a lot of attention since it began. With nearly 300 different dishes – with a third of them available to choose from at any given time – and up to eight hotpot bases, you’ll be spoilt for choice when dining at Upot. Its location right at Paya Lebar station means it’s also easy to reach, so it’s even more of a reason to swing by Upot regularly.
Visiting Upot is kind of like visiting an amusement park for food. Well, not really, but it’s pretty awesome. First, select the base for your hotpot – choose from soups with flavours like wild mushroom, tomato, Thai tom yum and Taiwanese herbal pork – and prepare yourself for a whole lot of flavour. The conveyor belt works just like those you’ll find in some local sushi restaurants. Plate colours correspond to certain prices, so just grab whatever you want off the belt and have at it. At the end of your meal, one of the passionate Upot staff members will scan your stack of plates and calculate your total. High tech, right? So you know what you need to do next – book a table and head to this futuristic restaurant at SingPost Centre down Eunos Road.
5 of us dined at UPot. We were shown to a booth that’s supposed to be able to accomodate 6 normal-sized people with no bags. Space between each person was very limited and there was hardly any table space, especially once the soups and veggie arrived. Soup : flavours were quite tasty, but broth is quite thin. Food : came out on plates quite quickly, but as it’s a conveyor belt, you need to grab it when you see it, otherwise, you’ll need to wait a while again. Sauces : not much of a variety, so not all of us spent the $2 to get the sauce “buffet”. Money : about $30 per person, but not very filling. Might be better going in smaller groups and sitting directly in front of the conveyor belt.