Owner Sophie Xu tells me that she has opened her first restaurant at 5599 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, formerly Worker Bee Café, Sage & Onion Café, and Deli Planet. Actually Xu has opened two new businesses in the space: Uniboil, a hot pot restaurant, is inside the left door and Phresh Teas Co., offering boba milk teas, yogurt, and smoothies, is behind the right door.
Uniboil is a Taiwanese restaurant chain that started in China and specializes in spicy hot pot noodle soups. Uniboil has locations in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Diego, and at U.C .Davis. There’s been a wave of new hot pot spots coming to Southern California with one opening recently in Isla Vista. They are very popular. Xu tells me that she already has a base of regular customers that dine at Uniboil up to 4 times a week.
At Uniboil you choose one of six soup stocks and then pick a protein (Certified Angus Beef, New Zealand Natural Fed Lamb, Kurobuta Pork from Snake River Farms, and Universal Seafood). Prices range from $12.99-$15.99. Also available are a variety of non-hot pot dishes called Teppanaki that are instead served with rice on a plate. Proteins for the Teppanaki plates include Black Pepper Grilled Chicken, Szechuan Hot Sauce with Grilled Chicken, Japanese teriyaki Chicken, Korean Cheese Grilled Chicken, Diced Beef in Black Pepper Sauce, and much more. A selection of noodle dishes fills out the menu.
What’s most popular? Xu tells me that the Uniboil Szechuan Pepper Numb Pork Feet appetizer is the best seller. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Cal 805-770-3875.