Mini Hot Pot (and Les Miserables) Review

Yesterday Jason and I met Carol to see Les Miserables. I am a big, big fan of the musical, so I was pretty excited to see how the movie would compare. All in all, I liked it. I thought the story stayed true to the story in the play. At one point, I turned to Jason and said, “This song is not in the play.” but that was the only thing that I really thought was different. I liked knowing the songs already and kind of wondered what it would be like if I didn’t know the songs. However, I didn’t think some of the big name actors were good singers. Maybe it’s just my extremely tone-deaf opinion, but aside from Hugh Jackman, who I liked, I thought that Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried just weren’t the best singers. Anyone else think that? I did think that the actors who played Eponine and Marius were good as were Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.

We went to the movies at sort of a weird time – 12:30 in the afternoon. It was like a 3-hour movie so by the time we got out, it was 3:30 and we hadn’t had lunch. However, it was just kind of late for that but early for dinner, so we hung out at home for a while, before going out for a very early dinner. Seriously early, like 4:45. We’re old.

We wanted to have a date night, and ended up at Mini Hot Pot, a restaurant that I found on Yelp and wanted to try. There’s a road in Atlanta, Buford Highway, that has all kinds of authentic ethnic restaurants and this was one of them.

Mini Hot Pot

The way this place works is that you sit at tables that have little…well hot pots… on the tables. They fill the pots with broth and you cook your food yourself, kind of like a fondue, I guess.

Mini Hot Pot Menu

There were several broths to choose from. I got the vegetarian one, while Jason got chicken. We both got our broth spicy, which amounted to some sort of pepper that they put in the broth. After we ordered, they told us to go make our sauce. There was a little sauce bar type thing in the back of the restaurant.

Mini Hot Pot Sauces

There was a sign by the sauces that said to ask if you didn’t know what to make. There wasn’t really anyone around, so I just mixed up some random stuff – soy sauce, soybean paste, seafood sauce, chili garlic sauce, cilantro and garlic.

Mini Hot Pot Sauce

They brought our broths to the table and turned on the hot pots. I told the server that we had never been there before and didn’t know what to do. She said that you put your food in the hot pot when it’s boiling and then when it boils again, it’s ready. Though she explained that, we kind of felt like we still didn’t know what we were doing.

I got the mixed vegetable plate, while Jason got some sort of meat plate. You could also get additional side items, but we didn’t get any. In hindsight, we could have shared something; it was a lot of food.

Mini Hot Pot Veggie Plate

Mini Hot pot table

The veggies took a few minutes to cook. I was kind of hoping that the broth would give them some flavor, but they were kind of bland until you put the sauce on them. I’m not sure if this was just the type of broth that we got, or just how it always is. It was fun, but messy.

Mini Hot Pot Mess

After we were done, they brought us a small dessert of shaved ice with red beans.

Mini Hot Pot Dessert

I liked this place. I thought it was fun and very Weight Watchers friendly. Jason, however, didn’t like it at all. He doesn’t really like soups or soupy things, and didn’t know that this was going to be soupy. We were both sort of confused if we were doing everything right. I mean, we ate, so I guess it doesn’t matter, but it was a little awkward. However, it still liked it.

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