Mo-Mo Paradise (Taipei)

December 11, 2011 in Best Of, Food, Reviews, Taiwan, Travel by pacejmiller

Inside the Mo-Mo Paradise at Bistro 98

Hot pots have started to grow on me recently, and after my latest experience at Mo-Mo Paradise, a popular Japanese shabu shabu chain, I must say I’m falling in love.

There are a couple of things that make Mo-Mo Paradise special.

First of all, they offer what is referred to in Japanese as “tabeihodai” (食べ放題), which means “all you can eat.”  Here, you can order as much meat and vegetables as you want within the 90 minute time limit they set you.  There’s a large variety of meats (beef and pork) and an even larger variety of vegetables and mushrooms, which mitigates the fact that they offer no chicken or seafood.

Secondly, Mo-Mo Paradise offers four types of hot pots.  There is the original shabu shabu soup (clear), which comes with two different condiments — a sweet sesame sauce and a sour vinegary sauce.  There is the sukiyaki type, which is a thicker, sweet soy soup that works almost like a marinade.  There’s also the tonkotsu (pork bone) type, a flavoursome soup which some fans of ramen might be familiar with (and comes with an chilli olive oil dipping sauce).  And finally there is the spicy miso type, for those who like a bit of spice (and comes with a special sauce).

A placemat detailing the types of soups on offer and how to enjoy them

[For winter there is also apparently a curry soup!]

The best part is that you can choose up to three of the four soup bases to cook your unlimited meats and vegetables (of course, the more soup bases you choose, the more expensive it will be, but I’ll get to prices later).  The catch is that every person in the same party has to pay the same amount (which is fair, considering people share).  They have split pots, which allows you to put two types of soups in one pot, making choosing multiple soups very easy.

You can split the pot in two!

Most people are happy with one, but on this occasion we chose two, the original shabu shabu and the sukiyaki.

I’ll get straight to it.  Both were sublime.  The meats were sliced incredibly thin so you didn’t feel like you were eating too much with each bite.  The vegetables were fresh and there were so many — my favourites were the cabbage, the abalone mushrooms and the broccoli, and I also enjoyed adding rice cakes.

The shabu shabu soup is lighter so the cooked meat and vegetables don’t have a lot of taste, but that’s why they have the two dipping sauces which you can mix yourself with additional spring onions, garlic, radish and chilli oil.  The sukiyaki soup acts like a sweet soy marinade which makes the meat and vegetables nice and flavoursome, and if the taste gets too strong you can always add more water to dilute it.

Everyone starts with this plate, but you can top it up with whatever you want as often as you want

With a split pot, we were able to eat from one side while allowing the other side to cook, and then switch back and forth, enjoying one soup type at a time.

The waiters would keep coming around to ask if you wanted more meat, which they would promptly top up, and they also pushed these trolleys around with stacks of vegetables which they can stack onto a plate on demand.  Other luxuries included white or brown Japanese rice and tea and coffee, all of which are unlimited refill.  It was indeed paradise.

The vegetable carts!

Mmm...brown rice...

I can’t wait to try the other two soup bases next time!

9 out of 10!

Details:

Mo-Mo Paradise

Website: http://www.humaxasia.com.tw/momo/index.html

Price/Hours:

Lunch Monday to Friday — 90 minutes all you can eat — enter between 11:30am and 4pm — per person: NT$329 (one soup type), NT$379 (two soup types), NT$429 (three soup times)

Dinner and Weekends/Holidays — 90 minutes all you can eat — per person: NT$399 (one soup type), NT$449 (two soup types), NT$499 (three soup types)

(Special late night rates apply at certain stores)

Locations (Taipei only):

Fuxing Store: No. 42, Section 1, Fùxīng South Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei (across from Breeze Center)
Nearest MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing
(02)2772-1577

Bistro 98 Store: Level 5, No. 98, Section 4, Zhōngxiào East Rd, Daan District, Taipei
Nearest MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing
(02)2752-6609

KMall Store: Level 5, No. 50, Section 1, Zhōngxiào West Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
Nearest MRT: Taipei Main Station
(02)2382-2668

National Taiwan University Store: Level 3, No. 68, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
Nearest MRT: Gongguan
(02)2363-8998

Neo 19 Store: Level 2, No. 22, Sōngshòu Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei
Nearest MRT: Taipei City Hall
(02)8786-1128

Zhongshan Store: No. 6, Nánjīng West Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei
Nearest MRT: Zhongshan
(02)2562-2328

Q Square Store: Level 4, No. 1, Section 1, Chéngdé Rd, Datong District, Taipei
Nearest MRT: Taipei Main Station
(02)2550-0889

Global Mall Store: Level 4, No. 122, Section 3, Zhōngshān Rd, Zhonghe District, Taipei
Nearest MRT: Fuzhong
(02) 8228-7191