17/F, Lee Gardens, 99 Percival St,
Tel: 3622 2299
Grub: Japanese hotpot
Vibe: This cosy, dimly-lit restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat-in-90-minutes deal, so you can always expect to hear the pleasant clamour of customers heartily tucking into their food. The bubbling and splashing from the pots also adds
to the soothing background buzz.
Nabe One definitely feels fairly informal, so you can eat and chat to your heart’s (or stomach’s) content without looking out of place.
Who to take: While this may not be the best option if you're trying to impress a date, it’s certainly a great place to hang out and feast with your friends. Hotpot also makes for a great family outing, as there is something to satisfy everyone – you can even get ice cream for dessert!
What’s hot: Some stand-out items among the many, many ingredients you can choose from are the fish balls and mochi-filled fish cakes, which are a great combination of savoury and sweet.
But what’s just as good as the food at Nabe One is the value for money. With unlimited drink refills and a self-serve frozen yogurt machine – complete with toppings including boba, hundreds and thousands, and chocolate sauce – you can really fill your boots here.
And if that weren’t enough, Nabe One is conveniently located in Causeway Bay, which means it’s within easy reach for islanders whenever the hotpot craving hit.
What’s not: With numerous bowls and a large hotpot, keeping everything nicely balanced on the rather cramped table can be a challenge. You may find yourself having to rearrange every single dish, just to have enough room to put down your can of coke.
Also, while not a deal breaker, it would be nice to see Nabe One offering students discount, as this would make it even more popular with teens. The fro-yo station tends to be a bit messy, too, but that is a problem with buffets in general.
Cost: Prices depend on which dining option you choose. The basic buffet, which includes the all-you-can-eat hotpot items, fro-yo, and drinks, costs HK$62 for adults and children. You then have the option of adding unlimited slices of meat. You’ll have to bump up the prices to HK$128 for adults and HK$88 for children.
If you do go for the meat-free option, you’ll still have plenty of items to choose from to make a hearty, filling meal.