Hotplate Steak House is situated in the bustling place that is Chinatown. The kind of food on offer here is obvious at a glance. Having arrived during early lunch time, there is not too many customers. The manager is quite affable and can be seen running the place, with the dynamics between the staff having a family like feel. Together the service they provide is up to speed and attentive.
The decorations adhere to a traditional Chinese colour scheme with red being ever present - whether it be the chairs or around the walls. There is however no fancy ornaments as everything else is distinctively modern, leaving a clean and crisp impression. The whole interior is very bright, with big windows allowing ample light to shine through. It is also spacious and the seating arrangements makes effective use of this space. Substance over style seems to be the aspiration, allowing for maximising the number of diners who could be serviced at once.
An average meal here is very affordable. The lunch special of a steak and soup or tea costs only $12. Taiwanese steaks here are relatively thin, though the reason for such is more down to the fact of it not being a western style cut. It will arrive at your table still sizzling on the hot plate, no doubt very appetizing.
The range of food is not very large, nor is there any overly exotic items. The aim seems to be more simplicity and efficiency rather than extravagance. One would come here simply to fill up, rather than in search of the ultimate culinary and sensual experience. Hotplate Steak House is not the complete package, but it is no doubt a very comfortable place to have your lunch and dinner.