New Restaurant Offers Unique Style of Cuisine and Private Karaoke Rooms
One of the newest restaurants in town offers unique cuisine and a distinct environment for dining, socializing – and singing – with friends, co-workers or family.
100 Degrees Hot Pot, located at 428 Westerly Parkway, opened in November and is the only hot pot restaurant in town. It also features six private karaoke rooms.
"It's just a fun, cool atmosphere to enjoy. We have such a big menu that I'm sure you can find something here that you will enjoy," said Michelle Jiang, who manages the restaurant her family owns.
Hot pot is an authentic style of Chinese cuisine that diners help prepare on induction burners at their table. The food is known for its spice, but there are also mild options.
Diners start with a pot, large enough to share, and their choice of broth, which includes spicy and mild options. Dual pots are available to hold two types of broth, perhaps one spicy and one mild.
Next, diners add their choice of vegetables, meat, seafood, tofu, dumplings, noodles, and tempura (fried foods).
The wait staff will add the broth to the hot pot and bring your choice of ala cart foods that diners add to the boiling broth as they choose.
Diners also choose from 16 sauces at a sauce bar, including pickled pepper, cilantro, spicy pepper and garlic. Michelle Jiang recommends this sauce combination: Sha Cha sauce, garlic, soy sauce and peanut or sesame sauce.
Once the veggies, meat and other items cook in the broth, they're carefully removed from the pot and dipped in the sauce before enjoying.
The menu features over 200 items, including hot pots, appetizers and entrees.
The head chef, Ming Hu, recommends spicy sliced pork belly, shredded boneless duck, Sichuan crispy shrimp, foil wrapped beef, lamb or chicken; and dry sautéed Chinese eggplant.
The business, which Jiang's father owns, joins two other Asian restaurants all in the same plaza. The family also owns My Thai and Fuji & Jade Garden, which serves Japanese cuisine.
After Highway Pizza moved out and the space became available, Michelle Jiang said her family decided to move forward with their idea for a hot pot and karaoke restaurant. Recognizing the karaoke trend in Asian countries, the family wanted to bring the concept here.
"In Asia, karaoke is very popular because people enjoy singing. We like to enjoy karaoke with a group of co-workers or friends and just sing and relax," Michelle Jiang said.
With karaoke typically being a nighttime business, the family decided to broaden the customer base by combining it with a restaurant.
There are six private karaoke rooms featuring 60-inch televisions with Chinese, Korean, Japanese and American song selections. Customers can reserve a small room for $25 an hour, a medium room for $35 an hour and a large room for $45 an hour.
When karaoke guests order food, they receive a discount on the price of the room.
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Karaoke Rooms open until 2 a.m.