Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot located at 420 Hwy 7, Unit #26 in Richmond Hill

August 25, 2018:  Ever since I noticed the closure of K & K Cafe that previously occupied this space which the current Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot (素上簽) took over, I was curious about its food and dining experience (but not before mourning a bit about my previously favourite go-to HK style cafe)… but I digress.

I had heard that Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot had a conveyor belt which served the toppings for the hot pot portion of the meal.  I was very curious to see how it would be like because not only was this the very first vegetarian hot pot restaurant I had dined in but a conveyor belt one at that! 😀  (The only other conveyor belt restaurant I’ve been to in Toronto is Fune Japanese Restaurant.)

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot is located at Jubilee Square at Valleymede and Highway 7 (there’s a McDonald’s and Omei Chinese restaurant in the plaza too).

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot storefront

Storefront is not very obvious

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot seating

Lots of seating at the conveyor belt

My mom and I arrived right after 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning following our Zumba session.  To no one’s surprise, we were the very first ones here.  We were able to select any seat of our choosing.  There were two staff members and they were getting ready to start the day as we could see.  Inside the kitchen, another staff member was preparing the toppings and ingredients for the hot pot and nothing was out on the conveyor belt yet.

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot menu and prices

Menu #1

The female server handed us a single laminated menu and from that, we selected two hot pots with a base soup and placed our order.  However, a few minutes later when another party of two arrived, I noticed that the male server gave them a second separate menu in addition to the one we received from which there were more choices.

I called the female server over and immediately exclaimed about the lack of the second menu upon which she did provide to us.  We also retracted our order since we were given the full menu to peruse now.  I mean… that’s not fair to the customer to only receive one menu when there are in fact two to choose from.  It makes the dining experience entirely different!

Thus, we decided to choose the lunch menu which included a House Special Combo with three toppings chosen from the conveyor belt with an additional rice or sweet potato verimicelli.

[Essentially, the cost is per soup base ($5) and then per plate of toppings ($2, $3, or $5).  The lunch combo we ordered is $11.99 that includes one soup base and three plates of your choice off the conveyor belt plus noodles or rice.]

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot menu and prices

Menu #2 first page

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot menu and prices

Menu #2 second page

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot drinks

Small cups and selection of soda drinks

We also ordered the $5 soup base menu (I chose the soybean soupbase).  Any toppings chosen from the conveyor belt would be charged separately.

By this point, the kitchen had prepared lots of toppings and each dish was slowly being placed on to the conveyor belt and being rolled out.  It was adorable and I had to take videos of this.

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot conveyor belt

This was so fun!

I liked how each dish was placed on a specified spot where there was a coloured-coded sticker that showed its name in English and Chinese as well as the price of the plate.

 Vegetarian mini sausages

All the dishes are placed on top of these stickers so you can see what it is and how much it costs

vegetarian mock meats

Vegetarian mini sausages, sweet potato verimicelli, enoki, veggie gluten kidney, veggie popcorn chicken

Our two stockpots of soupbases (Original Wild Mushroom Stockpot and Soybean) arrived not long after.  It’s a flat type of stove top where you can adjust the intensity of the heat in three settings.  I found that my soybean soupbase easily overflowed with the highest setting, so I had to monitor it frequently.

 Original Wild Mushroom Stockpot

Original Wild Mushroom Stockpot

 Soybean soupbase

Soybean soupbase

There was a do-it-yourself station for sauces just like at other hot pot restaurants.

 DIY sauce station

DIY sauce station

We picked various toppings from the conveyor belt to enjoy (three of which were included with the lunch combo).  I enjoyed the experience and I definitely enjoyed my soybean soup base.  I liked how (when compared to other hot pot restaurants), I felt comfortable drinking all of the soupbase since it seemed healthier and didn’t seem to contain any MSG.  It was a very satisfying meal and the price was moderate for lunch considering it was more of a premium experience.

Agaricus blazei mushrooms

Wild mushrooms – Agaricus blazei (姫松茸)

 Instant noodle

Instant noodle

 Special Season Dumpling, Veggie Shrimp

Special Season Dumpling, Veggie Shrimp

 Soybean hot pot

My pot after a lot of toppings being added in

 Surely Up plates

All of our plates at the end of the meal

I liked that their TV screen showed some vegetarian-focused cooking and dining documentaries.  It would be nice to go there just to pig out again on vegetarian eats while watching those shows. 😀

For hygiene purposes, they used either plastic wrap or transparent plastic covers to shield the rotating plates from exposure to the air.  Using reusable plastic covers is a great idea; the disposable plastic wrap not so much.  So much of it is discarded after just one use…

If you share a photo on social media, you receive 10% off their regular items!

If you are vegetarian or know someone who is, this is definitely a great place to check out for lunch or dinner.  There were a lot more customers in the restaurant afterwards too.  (Surely Up also has vegan options if you inquire about it.)

 Surely Up Vegetarian hot Pot business card

Business card

Surely Up Vegetarian Hotpot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


About stenoodie

I'm a stenographer, foodie, avid traveller, and new mom who loves to share her experiences with the world.
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