We have a three hit combo feature for this day. First is about my 1st ever visit in Four Seasons Hot Pot City restaurant in SM Mall of Asia, 2nd is the 25th anniversary of Citi Credit Cards and also about their incentive to card holders, 3rd is the loyalty card launch of Vikings.
I’ve been promoting Four Seasons Hot Pot City to my family ever since it opened its doors last summer of 2015, my word of mouth always mentions that the price is much lower than Vikings and the shabu shabu or hot pot ingredients set up is buffet style aka eat all you can. But my charm doesn’t work because they are not a fan of hot pot..but I am a big fan because my dad take us to a shabu shabu place every Sunday somewhere in Banawe back during the 90s. And I so miss the taste of a nice hot pot soup.. perfect ito lalo na sa tag ulan.
FOUR SEASONS HOT POT CITY
Thanks to Four Seasons Hot Pot City for bringing another food experience that promotes healthy eating and introducing a modern way to make your own hot pot soup and select your own fresh ingredients available at the buffet area, Four Seasons brings the freshest veggies, seafood, meat and also handcrafted dim sums, sausages and balls. Four Seasons also made other cuisines available, not only for hot pot, they have a Japanese section, desserts, appetizers, rice and Asian meals, beverage bar, beer bar, and a meat and seafood market place where you can buy the highest quality of beef and live fish.
Price: (adult pricing)
Weekday lunch - PHP 588
Weekday dinner - PHP 788
Weekends and holidays lunch and dinner - PHP 788
Kids below 3ft - FREE
more pricing here at http://www.fourseasonshotpot.com.ph/new-page-1/
(photo above via Rappler.com )
CITI CREDIT CARD 25% OFF AT FOUR SEASONS HOT POT CITY
Before I share my dining experience here in Four Seasons Hot Pot City, let me share first the offerings of Citi Credit Cards to their loyal card holders in observance of their 25th year anniversary.
From now until September 30, 2015, pay with your Citi credit card to get the exclusive 25% discount on regular weekday lunch buffet at Four Seasons Hotpot City in SM Mall of Asia Complex. To avail of the offer, you must dine in groups of 4 adults or more and settle the bill with your Citi credit card.
Citi Credit Card also shares that their discounts are also available in some travel, accommodation and other dining establishments
1. Indulge in 25% off on daily buffet for groups of 5 paying adults or more at the SM Jazz Mall Makati, SM Marikina, SM City BF Paranaque, and SM Davao branches of Vikings.
2. You can also get to dine for free when you PayLite a minimum single-receipt of P25,000 anywhere until October 31, 2015. Cardholders can choose to redeem their free buffet for one at any Vikings Buffet or Four Seasons Hotpot City outlet, both valid for weekday lunch and dinner, or NIU by Vikings, valid for weekday lunch, until January 19, 2016, excluding holidays and blackout period (from December 15, 2015 to January 3, 2016)
3. Get 65% off for a 3-day, 2-night stay at Bellevue Resort Bohol for stays until December 19, 2015
4. Grab 50% off for a 3-day, 2-night stay at Discovery Shores Boracay, 60% off for an overnight on Sundays to Thursdays at Discovery Country Suites, a special rate of P8,000 NET for an overnight stay during weekends at Discovery Primea, 50% discount for an overnight stay at Discovery Suites, and 50% off for an overnight stay at Club Paradise Palawan, all valid for stays until December 30, 2015.
5. Get P2,500 off on your first booking at Airbnb through the Airbnb app or www.airbnb.com/citiphusing your Citi card.
6. You can also enjoy exclusive discounts at Agoda, as much as 10% on select weekends, through http://agoda.com/Citibankph
7. For that sweet tooth, get 6 free Original Glazed doughnuts at Krispy Kreme when you buy 6 Original Glazed doughnuts using your Citi Rewards points.
For more Citi’s 25th anniversary deals, visit www.citibank.com.ph/25years or call the 24-hour CitiPhone Hotline at 995 9999.
We also learned that Vikings launches their own Vikings Loyalty Card. It’s a card that can award the card holder with lots of perks and benefits, if you are a frequent diner at Vikings, then they suggest you grab one loyalty card so that your visit can receive a reward and if you earned more reward you can redeem something like discounts or a freebie from Vikings.
(Four Seasons Hot Pot City is also from Vikings)
For more details, visit http://vikings.ph/vikings-loyalty-program/
Okay, were done with the promotions..let me show you now my dining experience here at Four Seasons Hot Pot City in SM MOA
Thanks to the Four Seasons Hot Pot City team for touring us around the buffet restaurant. Actually I was so clueless and got this fear that I might mix the wrong ingredients. The tour and briefing were easy to understand, I m not a good cook, but I know that when you boil a soup with ingredients, the meat comes first and the veggies comes last to be boiled. The concept is much the same here in Four Seasons Hot Pot City in SM MOA
Each table is equipped with this special induction cooker. It’s a specialized cooker on glass table and it only heats the metallic bowl on op of the stove. Induction cooker are energy efficient and it transfers more heat to the metallic induction casserole.
Don’t get scared for electrocution or transfer of heat to your body, because the induction cooker connects to a specialized casserole that accepts electric heat. Also the casserole doesn’t emit a lot of heat to the holder, just be careful when opening it when the soup boils.
The ingredients section were divided to three parts, there’s the dimsums, sausages and the vegetarian balls for secton 1, then they have the all veggies, appetizers and desserts on section 2, and final section is for the seafood, Japanese and rice meal section.
Dining are at Four Seasons Hot Pot City in SM MOA
I love to stay at this side…. natural light comes in and its very inviting.
Choose your own soup.
For me, I love the pork soup, because its most tastier than the others.
Choose your noodles – they have lots of kinds of noodles!! there’s carrot, pechay, black noodles, mushroom noodles, egg noodles and etc.
Kinds of meaty balls
If you want to serve your soup with some slices of wagyu beef, then you can go here to buy a set up high grade wagyu beef.
The sauce and condiments section. Four Seasons will let you make your own sauce for your hot pot.
At the right, that’s a kind of cuttlefish noodle, you need to squeeze that plastic and pour it into your noodle, its like adding icing to your cake, but instead of icing, you are making your own noodles. I didn’t tried it because my casserole is a bit small.
Lots of kinds of tofu and mushrooms.
Meat lovers and vegetarian sections are always open
The most impressive section at Four Seasons is their market place style interiors. Here we pick veggies that was placed in an organized kiosk.
Salad, Japanese sushi and desserts
There’s also an exotic or hard core section, here you can see all kinds of innards and blood meat, there’s also a black chicken neck and lungs of pigs. Some Asians like the Chinese,Taiwanese, and Koreans love these kinds of internal parts of pig in their soup.
For us pinoys…we love the goto!
Tempura section and the rice meal section
Sushi making area and seafood section
Salmons and seashells
sayang..di ko na try ito. I should have a strategy on my next visit.
The beverage bar
btw, the beer in bottles are free during dinner, but draft beers are free during lunch and dinner
Cucumber juice and a cute plate ware for kids
Here’s the ingredients that was showed to us on the table, we can pick anything we want…
(take note: a rep from Four Seasons helped us in getting these ingredients)
MY HOT POT EXPERIENCE
Here are my hot pot ingredients selections.
A must try is that cheese roll thing, mushroom noodles, lobster balls and the chicken balls --- yummy
My regular leafy veggies – petchay, baby corn, some mushrooms, malunggay, and mustard leaf
I ate some maki and sushi while waiting for the resto staff for my soup. I indulge myself with my favorite kani and tamago. I also grabbed some fried rice and 5 pieces of tempura
the tempura in Vikings and Four Seasons are much the same. I must not avoid it and make sure I took a bite to add some good flavor in my mouth. Eating a tempura is like heaven.
The resto staff pour some pork soup into my casserole.
I prefer pork soup because its more tasty.
Jenny and Ruth got pork soup too.
I waited for the soup to boil over this induction cooker.
When it boils, I added the meat balls, dimsums and other ingredients into the soup.
I let it boil for around 3-4 minutes. The balls cooks fast under high heat of the stove.
I added the veggies into the soup and I just pressed them inside just to be cooked properly. Boiling it in a hot pot is around 2 minutes.
Then after 2 minutes… my own hot pot is ready!!!
Its good …and I love the aromatic taste of my veggies and pork soup
Its so hot…and I finished 3 bowls of it… I didn’t got a chance to finish all my noodles because its so heavy already in my tummy.
Hot pot making is so much fun and I want to go back here again just to show to my family the art of making hot pot.
Of course, it’s a Viking resto family, I make sure I never miss their yummy frozen yohgurt..
its always the best!! Im glad they include this in Four Seasons.
Thanks everyone for reading my blog post.
If you are a Citi Credit Card holder, make sure you read the fine print first or ask the resto staff for more details on how you can avail their discounts and promos.
Here in Four Seasons Hot Pot City, the 25% off discount for Citi Credit Card users will be helpful if you are on a budget. Just make sure that 4 people dine in to be entitled for the promo.
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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.