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Located at the heart of Boat Quay, Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot is a traditional Chinese hot pot restaurant that aims to recreate a dining experience that feels like you're in China.
The interiors incorporate traditional Chinese elements with bamboo dividers, Chinese porcelain and calligraphy, and Manchuria glass window. The wooden furniture, nature-inspired colour scheme and arched details at the seating area gives the space a cosy and intimate ambience.
Perhaps outshining the interior design is the pop-up Doraemon display at the restaurant! In celebration of Doraemon's 50th birthday, Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot has a limited-time display of rare private Doraemon collections from around the world.
There's everything from Baccarat crystal Doraemon to prints by Takashi Murakami x Doraemon. Here's a peek at what's on display:
Most of us probably weren't even born yet when the first volumes of Doraemon manga were published in the 1970s. The full collection of the vintage original manga is on display here.
This miniature house was handmade by the owner of Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot himself! Made of over 1000 pieces, this Japanese-style Doraemon house was painstakingly put together over a week.
One of the cutest items is the miniature Japanese rock garden complete with a tiny rake and two Doraemon figures sitting in the sand.
Fun fact, Doraemon was originally yellow with cat ears and it's a traumatic story how his appearance changed. His ears were nibbled off by robot mice, after which Doraemon fell into a depressive state and attempted to drink a cheer-up potion. Unfortunately, he drank the sadness potion by mistake, causing him to weep until his skin turned blue.
You can ponder the origin story of Doraemon while you pose alongside giant figures of both the yellow and blue Doraemon at the restaurant.
Besides the aesthetics and Doraemon museum-ish experience, the food is also worth a visit there. This hot pot restaurant serves a wide range of soups from traditional soup bases like Golden Chicken Soup ($20), Vegetarian Spicy Soup ($16) and Corn with Tomato Soup ($16) to unique soups like Pickled Chinese Cabbage with Pork Ribs Soup ($38), Tomato with Oxtail Soup ($48) and Catfish with Spicy Soup ($48).
The restaurant specialises in beef, offering a wide range of beef including Japanese Wagyu ($48), Angus Beef ($22) and Beef Tongue ($22). There's also their signature Premium Eight Second Beef ($28) which is sliced thinly so it only needs to be dipped into soup for exactly eight seconds.
Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot
Address: 6 Lor Telok, Singapore 049019 (6-minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat & Sun: 12.30 - 11pm
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More restaurants and cafes in Singapore with great ambience and photo opportunities:
- Wonderland Savour: Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant
- Keyaki: Kyoto-style restaurant with Japanese zen garden & koi pond
- Hanjip Korean Grill House: Korean BBQ with luxurious interiors
- Social Place: Retro restaurant with cute food and walls of mahjong tiles
- Prairie By Craftsmen: Hidden greenhouse-style cafe
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Text by: GirlStyle SG