Really, what's so unique about Hai Di Lao? It's really the AWESOME SERVICE which I will elaborate throughout the post! Hence, we made our way to Hai do Lao!
We arrived there at about 6.20pm, as you can see the waiting area was rather empty and there were flower garlands to congratulate on their opening!
When we arrived, as we did not make reservations, we had to wait for an empty table. They have an automated queue number machine at the door. Once you get your queue number, the waitress will usher you to the waiting area where you can order your dishes from an IPad and drinks will be served to you.
|Queue Number Machine|
And ladies, guess what? FREE MANICURE while waiting for your turn! You can even request to be placed in queue so that you can do your nails after dinner or while your boyfriend is enjoying his meal while you diet. We initially thought it is just simple express manicure. But, no! The manicurists remove your dead skin and give you a little hand massage, like a classic manicure.
|Manicurists at work|
For children, they even have a play corner where there are board games that the children can play amongst themselves and even a TV that show cartoons. Now, parents do not need to worry about the kids and have a good meal.
|Play Area for children|
Having said so much about the impressive service even before we step into the restaurant, I will now introduce the actual dining in the restaurant!
The interior of the restaurant is spacious with appropriate space between each table that allows patrons to dine comfortably.
|Interior of restaurant|
|Spices for Ma La Soup Base|
|Waitress serving us by placing food into our steamboat|
|Two different soup bases|
The ingredients are fresh, especially the seafood. But a bit on the pricey side. We ordered beef, "xia hua" (prawn paste), vegetables, some dumplings, e.t.c. As you can see below. I did not take note of the individual pricing of each ingredient because I was too absorbed in eating! Haha. 3 of us spent about $35 each (inclusive of black bean soya milk).
|Beef, Xia Hua|
|Fresh Beef Slices|
We felt that even though the price of food is rather on the pricey side and definitely more expensive than in China, it is very worth it! Where do you find such great service and if you include the free flow fruits, variety of sauces that you can mix and match yourself and the manicure, it is more than worth the $35per pax that we paid!
Moreover, the quality of food is good and the ambience is great and comfortable for dining.
Our ratings: 9/10
Must tries: Xia Hua (prawn paste); Black Soya Bean Milk (ask for recommendations!)
3D River Valley Road
#02-04 Clarke Quay
6337 8626/ 6337 8627