Liu Hotpot is an authentic Chinese restaurant similar to the ones you find in the China Cluster of International City. Only this is located at lake level of Lake Point Towers in Cluster N of JLT. Its interior has seating cubicles on either side, each with a traditional round table and a Lazy Susan. There are tables and high-back benches which run down the middle of the restaurant, the benches upholstered in the gaudiest felt purple imaginable.
If you like authentic Chinese cuisine you will like this restaurant. If you don’t you will find some of the food, the fried rice in particular, a little bland in comparison with the Indian-Chinese which is so popular in Dubai these days. My food buddies and I though, thoroughly enjoyed the food, from the pickled greens we started with to the stir-fries and noodles, everything was excellent. I feel there is a strong Sichuan influence in the food, but that might be because it was so deliciously spicy. We did not try their hotpot.
Service at Liu is friendly and much improved, at least there’s someone who speaks proper English now (when they first opened communication was a major problem). I see from the Zomato reviews that Liu is either struggling with a group of deceptors or from efficiently being able to make on-time deliveries. Whilst this is no five-star restaurant, its ratings shouldn’t be so low. In fact, this is definitely a restaurant worth a visit.
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