It rained all day yesterday, so we were thinking of hotpot. In Singapore, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to hotpot. We could choose between the traditional steamboat or the tongue-numbing mala hot pot (麻辣火鍋). In fact, Chinese style hotpot restaurants offering a variety of broths are opening up faster than you can count.
When CH suggested trying the Japanese style paper hotpot, I picked the nearest Waraku restaurant in the East. Driving to the city on a wet Friday evening is definitely not my cup of tea! We arrived at the Katong outlet ahead of the dinner crowd.
The Japanese paper hot-pot is tiny compared to the Chinese style hotpot. I fished around to find one fresh prawn, one slice of cod fish, one scallop and squid tentacles inside.
Naturally we had to order other dishes to supplement the hotpot. While I'm not a beef lover, I thought this grilled dish was interesting - slices of beef arranged on a bed of miso paste on a piece of dried leaf that was grilled over a tiny stove.
The uni (sea urchin) sushi was nice while the unagi (eel) sushi was nothing to shout about.
The seafood pancake looked enticing in the menu but it was so small in real life. It wasn't fantastic. We paid $51 for dinner (after 10% discount) and left the restaurant feeling hungry.
Luckily there are lots of new cafes just across the street. Two young boys outside Cocojelly were enticing us with free samples. Moved by their enthusiasm, we decided to stay and have our dessert at this 3-week old gelato palour .
I love the gorgeous wall painting done by the owner's friend.
Cocojelly creates new flavours everyday. The peanut butter gelato with chocolate chunks (left) is fabulous. The other flavour, blueberry cheesecake, is nice too.