I love hot pots meals, especially on a cold night.
Grace and I made arrangements just to go for hot pot. She said she knows a place that I would like. We arranged to meet just outside Jing-an metro station.
While waiting for her to arrive, a friend, Qing called and asked me what my dinner plans were. Her colleague and her ran out of dinner ideas and asked if she could join us. I readily agreed. For hot pot dinner, it is always a case of the more the merrier. We would be able to order more dishes too.
It took a while for them to find us. Grace took us by taxi to this place called "水煮鱼“and told us to be prepared to wait a while.
Upon arrival, I was surprised to see customers playing board games, having manicures and watching TV. I asked Grace what was going on. She said that these are the activities that the restaurant have arranged to keep the customers entertained while they wait for available tables instead of turning them away.
We waited about 20 minuntes for our table.
The food came and did not dissapoint though I find it a tad too spicy for my liking. Grace and Qing, being natives of Sichuan found that to be no problems at all. Of course! They come from the land of Ma La hot pots! Oh, the girls got their manicure done as well after dinner.
To our surprise, Qing gave us all a treat.
Grace and myself went for a drink at a cosy bistro/pub near her place before calling it a night.