Okay, here we go. I ate at the Hot Pot and wrote a review about it, which I partially reproduced here. You can read the full review (or not) as it amuses you to do so here:
Restaurant Review: Hot Pot & Asian Grill
For those of you who can't read, I've included a lot of pretty pictures, all of which are safe for the office.
The Toledo Blade did a review of the Hot Pot Grill, which I will not link to here. The restaurant reviewer didn't know what she was talking about, mainly because of her worldly experience (none), which was inversely proportional to her attitude - if the food doesn't look like a burger and fries, then what's it doing on my plate? I couldn't let that one slide, so this afternoon I went over to see for myself. Keep reading to get the straight money story on the Hot Pot and Asian Grill, and why people would want to eat there.
The trouble with this review is that I didn't have the hot pot for lunch. I saw that they had bibimbap on the menu, and I am here to tell you that bibimbap is some good eating. Plus I was by myself. I think if I'd had Main Lady with me, we'd have ordered the hot pot. Fortunately for me, I'm welcome back so I can get it next time. Plus, some people at the next table were having it and weren't a bit shy about sharing and telling me all about it.
The atmosphere at the Hot Pot is restful. The place has excellent acoustics, so if there are six drunks raucously celebrating a birthday at the next table they don't stand a chance of overwhelming the entire dining area. They have music playing softly in the background - smooth jazz classics, not elevator music - and the overall decor is tasteful without being pretentious. It's restful, and I enjoy that in a restaurant.
The service is well above average. I was greeted promptly and seated in some prime real estate next to the window. I mention this because the wait staff knows which are the most desirable tables and didn't make me ask for one. I was served promptly and my waitress was friendly. Contrary to popular belief, my waitress was fluent in English, and was quick to explain what a hot pot was and how to deal with it.
Overall Rating: 8 (out of 10)
I actually asked Kiki about The Blade review and she wouldn't talk about it at first. However, by applying my suave, charming personality, I got her to divulge that the Blade's reviewer started off by asking a bunch of questions that didn't make any sense. The reviewer was unhappy with everything, and "We tried really, really hard to please her, but she just didn't like anything."
I felt a little sorry about this. I said a little, guys; not a lot. These people are bringing a high quality restaurant to the area, they're doing a good job with it and through ignorance and a bully pulpit this overpaid reviewer cost them some business.
The staff, by the way, contrary to The Blade's review, are fluent in English.