The robot servers await their orders at the new X Pot at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Palazzo. The restaurant from founders Haibin Yang and David Zhao created the restaurant that opened its lounge in August and revealed its dining room in September. The X Pot offers a mix of interactive dining and entertainment that includes classic Chinese face-changing performances and visual projections on the walls that can make the room seem as if it’s inside an aquarium, among other fantasy locales.
“We want this to be an immersive dining experience,” Zhao says.
At its core, the restaurant offers a menu of Chinese hot pots with five soup bases such as creamy lobster or Sichuan spicy. A wagyu feast for two comes with a Himalayan salt block grill. Other delicacies include a lamb board, wagyu short rib, kurobuta pork belly, and sliced chicken. Bullfrog legs, pig kidney, duck gizzard, and black tofu also make the menu. Basically, diners pick a broth, add some proteins, and let them cook at the table. Robot servers deliver ingredients to the table.
While hot pots bring a sense of adventure to the meal, The X Pot also features entertainment through what it calls 5D animations, a $1 million projection system that creates optical illusions right on to the dinner table. Interactive cartoon animations, synced to every meal, take diners on a step-by-step guide through the meal, showing patrons how to cook dishes. That experience is only available in the private VIP dining room.
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