Cuisine Master Hot Pot [Review]

Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Hot Pot and Fine Dining.


2 words that are seldom used in the same sentence. Humans [especially in Singapore] tend to relate the term Hot Pot with these words:

Steamboat. Roadside. Hot and sweaty. Budget. Buffet. Eat all you can. Seafood. [Read up on how happy Smith was with just eating 1 Prawn here]


Who would have thought that one would be able to find a piece of treasure in the middle of Boat Quay, where you would experience a fusion of these 2 extremes.


Conveniently located at 68 Boat Quay, Singapore 049856, Cuisine Master Hotpot is easily stands out from the rest of the riverside outlets at Boat Quay. Just look out for their trademark giant bronze hot pot [] right outside their shopfront. It's really quite impossible to miss.


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
It's big enough for me to take a bath in during rainy days


And if that isn't enough, after the sun goes down, Cuisine Master Hotpot is the only outlet along the riverside that has a rotating light image of their trademark Hot Pot blasted onto the pavement!


Whether you're looking up or down, you're sure to spot Cuisine Master's Hotpot symbol


Cuisine Master Hotpot originated from China, as the brainchild of Master Chef Mr Zhong Li Wen, one of China's Top 10 Chefs. Cuisine Master Hotpot is a combination of the ancient cooking methods of China, the freshest ingredients and well-trained service staff that makes the entire experience an enjoyable and unforgettable one.


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


The outlet itself has 3 levels. The first level is called CMbar, which comprises of an indoor seating area as well as an outdoor alfresco area for folks that prefer a relaxing river breeze.


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Step inside the bar and you will be amazed by their eye for detail in their interior design as well as their extensive collection of Chinese crockery. They even have a mini infinity-pool fish tank where the water actually overflows to the exterior of the tank!


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[Hey, wait, in that case, wouldn't the fish be able to jump out too?]


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[Overflowing water literally means overflowing wealth in Chinese Feng Shui]


The main dining areas were on level 2 and level 3. So let's head up the stairs for a peek...


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[Another rotating light show at the bottom of the stairs]


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[A little exercise before your meal is good for you]


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


The dining area on both levels 2 and 3 are mainly made up of individual enclaves that can seat a maximum of 4 or 5 humans comfortably. There are also private rooms on both level 2 and 3 for larger groups of diners.


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[Level 2's private room is an air-conditioned dining area...]


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[While level 3's private 'room' is an open air balcony with a view to die for]


The open air balcony of the private room on level 3 boasts one of the most spectacular views that Boat Quay has to offer. You can literally see almost everything Singapore has to offer from here.

Singapore Flyer. check. Marina Bay Sands, check. CBD skyline, check. Probably the only things missing from this picture was the Merlion and Gardens by the Bay.


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[The view just gets more amazing as the night sets in]


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


This funky little tea-pot is called a Jue [], and back in ancient China, you would only be able to drink wine from it if you are a general who is getting a promotion in rank! But head down to Cuisine Master Hotpot and every customer gets a chance to experience drinking from this sacred cup.




Did you notice the 2 little 'towers' at each side of the Jue? They are not there just for decoration purposes. In ancient China, many manly men kept long mustaches and beards. So, in order to keep their manly facial hair clean and dry while drinking their wine, they would part their beards down the middle and place each side over each of these towers! Ingeniously un-glamorous, I would say. Cheers to that.




When we arrived, our dining area was already set up neatly for us in the private room on level 2...


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[The hungry bloggers waiting for our dinner]


Now here comes the surprise. Cuisine Master Hotpot is currently the only hotpot restaurant in Asia to have transformer-like hotpots that are hidden within the tables!


There is no better way to describe how cool this is other than to watch this video made by HP.





[The Yin and Yang consisted of herbal soup on 1 side, and rich chicken soup on the other]


And the service staff gave us 2 sample bowls from each of the soup base taste. This is a healthier alternative than what most of us usually do: Cooking all the food in the soup to make it 'tastier'. In actual fact, the more food cooked in the soup, the more oils and fats collect in the soup, making it a tasty but unhealthy drink at the end of the meal.


Even before the food arrives, you get to mix your own sauce, much like any other hotpot place out there nowadays. Although personally i felt that an additional bowl of fried garlic would have made the perfect sauce combination.


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Our first dish was...


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Fruits!!


Did you know that it is actually better to eat your fruits before your meal? This is because the sugars contained in fruits need time to be digested and absorbed by the body. Now you know.


Ok. On to the official first dish... Double Flavoured Soup


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot

Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[This is real, whole abalone mind you...]


Remember I said that this was a fine-dining restaurant? Where else can you enjoy the delicious flavours of hotpot without having to continuously dump the raw food into the soup and diligently "take care" of your food, making sure they don't become overcooked? [Or get fished out by your hungry friends]


Well, up here at Cuisine Master Hotpot, they have service staff to help you and your friends cook the food, and even dish them out into individual plates for each of you to enjoy. How wonderful is that?


Cuisine Master Hot Pot



Next up: Prawn with Turbot Combination [What the hell is a Turbot?]

Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[Yummy, fresh prawns]



3rd dish: Mixed Vegetables with Chinese Yam Platter

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Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[Getting hungry yet?]



Fourth dish: Chef's special prepared Shrimps and Pork Balls

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Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot
[I love the shrimp balls...]




Fifth serving: Freshly Sliced Chicken Meat

Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot



Oh, did you notice this cool porcine vase-like container on the table? Can anyone guess what it is?




Here's a hint...



Still don't know the answer?





It's another clever invention by our Chinese ancestors. A wine holder that helps to keep the wine warm. The wine is kept in the slimmer container, which is placed in the larger container that is filled with hot water. The hot water helps to keep the wine warm even till the end of the meal!


While we were playing with the wine holder, the next dish had already arrived at the table.
Tender Veal Tripe

Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot



And of course, no Chinese meal is complete without a bowl of noodles. In this case, we had the luxury of having 3 different samples of their trademark noodles...


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot



But wait! There's more! They even prepared surprise drinks for all of us!


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master Hot Pot


Cuisine Master HotPot
[Drinking like an educated sir]


Now, I know what you are thinking. This place will definitely burn a hole in your pocket. But think again. Of course, relative to the usual roadside hotpots that you can find all around Bugis, the $78 per person menu that we just had might seem a little steep, but I assure you that the satisfaction from the freshness and quality of the food is 10 times better than what you get from your typical hotpot outlets. Not to mention that although it is called fine-dining, I was actually quite full at the end of it.


For those of you who are working around the area and definitely do not have time to enjoy the full course, don't fret, they even have a no frills noodles menu for the lunch-hour workers or the not-so-hungry dinner patrons.




Cuisine Master Hotpot's opening hours are from 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and currently are open only for reservations on Sundays.


CMbar is open daily from 11am to 12midnight.


So, if you still haven't decided where to take your mum to for Mother's Day, Cuisine Master Hotpot would definitely be a good choice.


I'm definitely going back there for another round soon, and maybe this time, pop  by the bar for a drink or two...

Cuisine Master HotPot

2 comments:

  1. Turbot is a kind of fish... But that's not a turbot! Looks like a really awesome place. Gotta check out... :P

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  2. Hey XY!

    Ahhhh... We learn something new everyday! Thanks for the info!

    Yes, do check the place out. It's really good and worth every dollar! I myslef have already went back a couple of times!

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