Fishpot 一鲜, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | Chinese hot pot restaurant Fishpot recently opened in Chinatown, and I was invited in to take a look. At Fishpot, the aim is to do something a bit different than the other hot pot restaurants in town. They do this via their fish based broth.

Fishpot uses a grouper based broth/soup that originated in the seaside Shantou, China. In the early 19th century, Chinese immigrants spread the soup across South East Asia. Today, the Teochew speciality is popular throughout the region.

The version at Fishpot uses both fish and chicken, which is slow cooked for 15 hours. The slow release of collagen from the bones results in a silky mouthfeel. The slow cook also means that the fish bones become edible.

When you order, you can choose from both the speciality broth and the more familiar Sichuan stile broth as a half half, and select you level of spiciness for the latter (the fish broth is meant to be mild). You then selection from a set, or your choice of an assortment of fresh seafood, premium wagyu, offal, and vegetables.

There’s an assortment of sides like dumplings, meatballs, and prawn rolls to choose from, and a condiment station where you can combine your own sauces and dips.

To round things off, there’s a handful of desserts (try the chrysanthemum jelly), and a selection alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.


9/206 Little Bourke Street
Victoria 3000

Telephone: (03) 7064 5988
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Thu: 5:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 5:00pm to 2:00am

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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