I love hot pot! It's one of those meals that makes me feel all warm inside and reminds me of the holidays. Our family has a hot pot tradition because it's easy to prep and tons of assorted food for each person's taste buds.
I visited Oishii when they first open and I wasn't very impressed. The interior is beautiful, it's modern, clean and has individual hot pot stations as well as a conveyor sushi belt. What more could you ask?! Sadly, I don't see much customer flow thus leaving the conveyor belt completely empty. I was also not blown away with the food.
However, on our recent visit I enjoyed our meal and we got a lot of food for the price tag. We started with some Sashimi Appetizer, Shrimp and Veggie Tempura, Beef (Hot and Spicy) Hot Pot and Chicken Katsu dinner.
I love the presentation of the Sashimi app. The plate was just so cool and modern and it makes the color of the fish pop.
The hot pots are available in a variation of soup flavors and meat types. It all comes with an assortment of veggies and a choice of 3 types of noodles. It's a perfect size to eat! I was a little disappointed that they took their condiment table away and only provided me a kimchi sauce. I usually love making a garlic soy vinegar chili sauce to eat my hot pots with. I wasn't a big fan of the hot pot broth the soup itself was so plain and tasted like water.
The hot pot itself is a really fun change to dinner and I highly suggest trying it out.
My boyfriend tried their Chicken Katsu dinner which was pretty tasty and comes out a pretty big portion (two layers of katsu on a bed of vegetables).
I tried a few pieces and loved the crispy panko crust. I usually like pork tonkatsu better for the thickness and texture, but this chicken one was moist and pretty kickin'.
Hmm.. I am really up in the air if I would return. I enjoyed most of my dining experience, but the broth for the hot pot was just too bland. The sashimi wasn't bad at all, especially after my other visit to a different sushi restaurant. I love the interior and also grabbing some desert at YogurtLand. So perhaps! I love the idea of having hot pot available near by as well as a conveyor belt sushi (which I would love to be in use more).
Try it out :)
Oishii Fondue Hot Pot & Sushi Bar
10500 Ulmerton Rd Ste 288
Largo, FL 33771
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