It’s been a while since I’ve gone out to try something new – laziness being the fore-runner in my mind over the last few weeks. But, I’ve finally broken my drought by strolling out and trying the famed Little Lamb - a place that boasts both hot pot and BBQ skewers – and the kicker? It’s ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT. That’s right, ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT - everybody, get your mouth juices ready, this food banquet is truly something to behold.
Bookings are essential – as this quite generous space is always packed with food-hungry punters – and if you make a slightly later booking (around 7-7.30PM) you may be waiting for a while for your table as they often attempt to stack as many bookings as possible in their opening times. With it’s fairly gaudy interior, complete with neon green honeycomb separators and saffron-coloured seat covers, Little Lamb also boasts 4-to-a-table seating – which means they will attempt to cram you into one table if you arrive with five or six hungry friends – quite squishy and a little uncomfortable – but you can always send your friends or family on missions if you happen to get crammed into the corner. If possible, come in groups of four. Yes, pesky, but at least you won’t be smushed in!
Payment (cash only) of about $30/head is due at the door and they will ask you which soup you would prefer in your hot pot – they also have split pots – a great save for those who have friends who lAove their spice and others you can’t even take sweet-chili-sauce. Little Lamb provides a variety of soft drinks and tea free with their buffet, but if you’re looking for something a little stronger, they also have a variety of light beers in the cabinet beside the door for a nifty $5 a pop. They even stock Snow Beer (雪花啤酒), a Chinese favourite, and a beer that I’ve never seen stocked in Brisbane before. Tops!
The BBQ sticks (duck, pork intestine, fish, squid, chicken, chicken giblets, tripe, beef, pork, fish tofu, just to name a few) are threaded onto specially made metal skewers that sit nicely in the grooves of you charcoal pit – these grooves than methodically gyrate, helping you cook your tasty eats throughly without you having yo move a muscle. Occasionally, you will have to “save” a few of your skewers from a burning-death, but that’s the price you pay (especially if you’re keeping an eye on your hot pot).
The usual suspects are present in terms of the hot pot selections – masses upon masses of meat, vegetables, noodles and a bay of sauces and additions to make your hot pot experience even more extreme.Yes, there is even a pot of MSG. Yes. Really.
Overall, Little Lamb is a great place to get your eat-on especially if you happen to be ridiculously hungry – food prep is a little suspicious, but if you’re anything like me and have titanium-esque stomach strength, you will overcome all odds to stuff as much food as possible into your face. Also, on a side note – this is NOT a place where you can have a nice quiet meal – this is one of those places where people are shouting at each other, drinking beer and burning and boiling things with joyful abandon – smoke will be everywhere and so will people. Bring you asthma inhaler and your stomach pump.