Step out of the comforts of Hai Di Lao and Beauty in the Pot. Shang Pin Hotpot at Marina Square and Rendezvous Hotel is arguably the most affordable alternative to the two big players. As a bonus, there’s hardly any queue especially at the Marina Square branch because the floor area is huge!
I’ve visited both branches and there’s a stark contrast in ambience and service between both branches. Go for the Marina Square branch if you can.
I’ve included pictures from both Marina Square and Rendezvous Hotel just to show you the contrast.
Exterior and interior of Rendezvous Hotel branch (my pictures look better than the reality!):
Exterior and interior of Marina Square branch, so huge that they have a children’s play area:
Below pictures are a mix from both branches; quality is similar with some differences which I’ll mention.
(L) Tomato Soup, (R) Pig Stomach and Chicken Soup, (M) Mushroom Soup.
The price of the soup is dependent on the most expensive soup you’ve selected. It doesn’t matter if you select one, two or three soups, they charge you only for one soup base. In this case, the pig stomach was the most expensive at $20.
Meat Festival, $24.
I giggled at the name of the dish. At one point the service at Rendezous was so slow that I had to ask the staff “is my Meat Festival coming soon?” Apart from that, good quality slices of beef, mutton and pork. The beef was really fatty though.
Fish Egg Ball (half portion), $6.
Ordered this in lieu of fancy pastes. Unlike HDL and BITP, Shang Pin’s pastes are rather ordinary and common. This was the most interesting fresh paste ball out of the entire selection.
(L) Mushroom Platter (half portion), $7. (R) Cabbage (full portion), $4.
I thought the mushroom platter was value for money. 5 different types of mushrooms for $7! The mushrooms here are about $5 to $6 for full portions so the amount you pay for variety is well spent.
Fried Beancurd Skin (full portion), $6.
I ordered this dish at both outlets but somehow it seems like ordering the half portion is more worth it. The above picture has 6 rolls (Rendezvous Hotel) but when I ordered the half portion for $3 (Marina Square), I got 4 rolls! So I should be getting 8 rolls at Rendezvous but somehow only got 6. Hmm.
Shrimp Paste (half portion), $7.
This is a must order when you’re here. The shrimp paste was crunchy and fresh.
Shang Pin Beef, $16.
The Rendezous Hotel one came rather frozen, causing its texture to be a little rough after cooking. The Marina Square (above) came thawed and fresh looking.
US Beef (half portion), $7.
My advice is to skip this and go straight for the Shang Pin Beef. The difference is only $2 for the full portion but the quality is so, so different.
US Black Pork (half portion), $6.50.
Look at the balance of fats to lean meat! I only thought it was slightly unsightly that the meat was cut in half. Doesn’t have that shiok feeling if you know what I mean.
Chinese Dumplings (half portion), $2.50.
The dumplings were normal tasting. What caught my attention writing this part was that I realised I had 6 dumplings for $2.50. Not sure if they had mistakenly given me the full portion but if not, $2.50 for 6 dumplings is so worth it!
Overall, you can expect the price per pax to be about $40. It’s still not really within the budget of an everyday hotpot meal, but it’s slightly cheaper than HDL and much cheaper than BITP. There’s no fancy waitressing or gifts at all, but the amount of food you get here is definitely more than the other two places. The variety at Shang Pin honestly is not as great, but it suffices. Best of all, NO LONG QUEUES!
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-102, S(039594)
+65 6565 7666
Daily: 11am to 12am
9 Bras Basah Road, #02-02, S(189559)
+65 6238 7666
Daily: 12 noon to 12am
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