Everybody I know absolutely adores all-you-can-eat. There are many contributing factors that create this undying love of paid-up gluttony. The fact that Asians never want anything to go to waste, the fact that food seems to be more appealing while slothfully laid out in massive caterer’s trays, the fact that all-you-cat-eat gives you an out-right license to let yourself go to town on all of the things you love. In Sizzlers, this means making a pasta tower and a balustrade of potato skins and stuffing yourself till you explode with soft-serve topped with those miniature marshmallows that you search high and low in the shops, but you just can’t seem to find. At Newway’s newly instigated all-you-can-eat buffet, this means joyously broiling all of your favourite things until you basically roll out of the door in a gluttonous mess.
Now, for those who don’t know, hot pot, also known as huǒ guō 火锅/ 火鍋), less commonly known as steamboat, refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot at the centre of the dining table. While the pot is left simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. After cooking, items are then shamelessly doused in dipping sauce and consumed with vigour.
As you can imagine, this cooking, eating, drinking process can go on for a long time and this style of eating should only be considered if you have a spare few hours – and if you really like the people that you are dining with. Now Newway is more critically known for the fact that it is actually a karaoke bar. Yes, that’s right, the restaurant was previously known for being a hellhole of ill-prepared food. Since it’s new ownership and the introduction of the all-you-can-eat hot pot, this opinion has changed for the better. It is increasingly becoming known for being an absolute bargain in the suburbs and is the home of far more variation for your broiling activities.
Hot pot involves one first choosing their base soup. Newway is equipped with small inbuilt hotplates and small steamer pots – so you don’t have to argue with your fellow diners about which soup should be chosen – and unlike many other places, the choices of soup are truly astonishing. Boasting over ten different types of soup – there’s something to suit every taste. Being wimpy, I decided to go for the pork-bone soup. Meanwhile, my more adventurous friend went for fish-bone soup and the boyo decided to go all-out and selected the super-spicy Tom-yum soup.
The base menu must be ordered en-bulk from the waiters and waitresses that circle like hawks, from a laminated menu. If you are unsure of what or how to pronounce something, most things can be resolved by jabbing at the menu with enthusiasm. There is an astonishing variety of cookable items to choose from – all the usual culprits are present: thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wantons, egg dumplings and prawns. Separately, and if you’re willing to add a few dollars to your bill, you can also order a few prime items – including prime wagyu beef and baby abalone. But honestly, why would you want to do that when the original menu is more than sufficient. The meat portions have been shaved and then subsequently frozen, which is not unusual at these establishments. Vegetables were mostly fresh – we had a tiny run-in with some less-than-awesome looking bok choy, but we picked out the tasty looking leafy bits and rejected the rest. There is, thankfully, no penalty for not finishing your choices, but they will not let you re-order a mass of items of there are still several plates of food on you table – and fair enough, no one wants to see excessive wastage.
There is a handy sauce-station in which you can create your own dipping sauce to your liking. A massive selection of sauces are present to choose from – and I have to admit, half of them I had never seen before – including a suspect looking pale-green sauce – which my friend explained to me was “delicious”. I wimped out and decided that I would stick to a far more traditional variation – soy, satay sauce and finely-chopped chives. Drinks-wise, a moderate range of beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages are available and are reasonably priced- my friend and I opted for a classic beer -a chilled Tsingtao – to go with our classically asiatic meal. Watery tea can also be decanted off at a self-serve canteen if your thirst persists but does not go beyond the bounds of spending cash.
PRICING: All-you-can-eat hot pot (18:00-22:30)
- Mon-Fri adult $19.80/pp 12 or under $11.80/pp
- Fri, Sat and Public holidays adult $22.80/pp 12 or under $14.80/pp
342 McCullough Street
Sunnybank QLD 4109
(07) 3219 6638