There’s a code for the heat levels of Go In Hot Pot Train’s food: no chillis means it’s safe, one means hot, two means really hot, three means, “Are you crazy?”. But before you start selecting soups based solely on the code, you’ll notice they come delivered on a train – the metal conveyer belt usually found inside sushi restaurants.

Go In Hot Pot Train used to be a sushi restaurant, but rather than a complete refurbishment, the owners made use of what they had. Now you can select from the rotating selection of odd-shaped mushrooms and Chinese greens for the bubbling soup in front of you.

Hot Pot is simultaneously simple and incredibly confusing. At its core the dish is a bubbling pot of hot soup. It gets complex with selections of sliced meats, fish balls, tofu puffs, noodles and vegetables. If you’re not familiar with the process, the timing of when to put things in, and how long for, can be bewildering.

Don’t necessarily look towards staff to show you the way. Service is efficient and no-nonsense, but while they’ll promptly deliver an ice-cold beer or hot soymilk, the level of hot pot guidance varies greatly. Really, though, experimentation and exploration is half the fun at this busy and steamy restaurant.

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Updated: May 4th, 2018

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