We’re no stranger to hotpot and barbeque, but what about having both at the same time — with the added bonus of your own personal pot and grill? Say goodbye to jostling for space and having your ingredients stolen (by that one annoying friend) at Good Combo Hotpot BBQ!
Conveniently located right outside Chinatown MRT (Exit A), the restaurant offers an affordable buffet experience that boasts over 90 menu items.
As with most hotpot establishments, you’ll pay for the soup bases separately. Prices start from S$3, with a ton of options to choose from — you’ll find basics like herbal chicken, pork bone and tomato, and even premium bases like Chongqing butter mala, milky fish and more.
I opted for the Nourishing Chicken Fishmaw (S$4.80), one of their signature soup bases, while my dining partner chose the Milky Fish (S$3.80). The fish soup was flavourful, but tasted more like chicken. However, the fish maw broth was rich, thick and umami-filled with hints of salted egg. Our recommendation? If you’re a fan of collagen soups, go for the latter.
There are three buffets to choose from — Superb (from S$19.99++, only available until 3pm daily), Signature (from S$27.99++), and Supreme (from S$42.99++).
While the menu is definitely one of the more extensive ones around, a few items caught my eye — think all-you-can-eat tiger prawns, crabs, xiao long bao and even foie gras (sadly, this was sold out during our visit)!
The tiger prawns and crab claws were pretty fresh, but my only gripe was that the other parts of the crab ended up being a little mushy. Otherwise, I liked that the shell came pre-cracked — they even provided gloves.
Of course, you can’t eat hotpot without overindulging in meat. The beef brisket and pork belly slices for hotpot had a good balance of meat and fats, and pretty much melted in my mouth. However, I found that the mutton slices were a little on the tough side.
The barbeque cuts were thicker, but smaller in size. While the cumin marinate did give it a good kick (Chinese skewers, anyone?), I would have preferred slightly bigger slices for the perfect mouthfeel.
For those who are a little more adventurous, you should definitely check out the braised beef tendon. Once grilled, you’ll find that it’s oh-so-gooey and tender — just look at it glisten!
As you feast on the smorgasbord of meat, seafood, and vegetables, don’t forget that there’s a dining time limit of up to two hours (depending on which buffet you go for), so be sure to order to your heart’s content within the time frame. Seats also fill up pretty quickly, so we recommend making reservations here.
Remember to grab your complimentary ice cream before you go (you might find one shaped like a panda)!
Ready to feast on unlimited meat and seafood at Good Combo Hotpot BBQ?
Good Combo Hotpot BBQ
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📍 75 Pagoda St, Singapore 059234
🕒 11.30am–10.30pm (Mon to Thu), 11.30am–1am (Fri to Sun)
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Photos by Kylynn Seng