Home >> Taiwan Travel >> Car Car Hotpot – Themed Steamboat Restaurant (Taiwan, Taoyuan, Zhongli)

Update: Car Car Hotpot changed operator in November 2016 and is now renamed as Mario Food Restaurant.

I was looking for a place to spend the night before a morning flight out of Taoyuan International Airport.  My friend, who travels to Taiwan frequently, suggested to me to stay at Zhongli.  I didn’t know Taiwan very well and haven’t even heard of Zhongli prior to that.  But I just went with my friend’s suggestion anyway.

After I booked my hotel at Zhongli, I went about researching about this city and discovered that it was actually an excellent place to visit if you are visiting Taiwan with kids.

Night Market

There was a night market in Zhongli, and that was all I needed to be convinced to spend the night there.

Jhongli Night Market Zhongli Night Market Entrance

Access to Leofoo Village

Zhongli Bus Station is where you can catch a direct bus to Leofoo Village Theme Park.  So if you don’t wish to stay in the pricey Leofoo Resort but would like to visit Leofoo Village, staying in Zhongli would be a good idea.

Leofoo Village Theme Park Liu Fu Chun Mascots

Entertainment for Kids

Since I was going to spend the night there, I searched the net for kids-friendly places to visit and found Car Car Hotpot and Bon Bon City.  These two places were situated within the same entertainment complex, with Car Car Hotpot on Level 4 and Bon Bon City occupying Levels 5 and 6.  So we just bummed there the whole day, escaping from the scorching summer heat, and the kids had a whale of a time!

Bon Bon City Taiwan Taoyuan Zhongli Indoor Playground Baby Boss 01

Car Car Hotpot 车车火锅

In this post, I am going to share with you more about Car Car Hotpot.  Car Car Hotpot was a car-themed steamboat restaurant.  I love steamboats, but haven’t been eating it much since having kids.  My kids are super itchy-handed and I always have a hard time keeping their hands off the hot pot and raw food when having steamboat.  So I was delighted when I stumbled upon Car Car Hotpot when searching for a kids-friendly restaurant in Zhongli.

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Car Car Hotpot was essentially a combination of

Food + Themed Restaurant + Cars + Playground

It was a formula for success in my household of boys!

Car Car Hotpot Toys Display

Once we entered the restaurant, the boys were drawn to the display shelf like magnets.

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It contained all their favourite toys! Transformers, Cars, Robocar Poli, Lego, Tomica… It was like their dream toy showcase!

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Car Car Hotpot Decorations

Since it’s a themed restaurant, I scrutinized the decorations.  I love checking out details at themed restaurants.

We requested for a table next to the playground.  There was a showcase of cars and a figurine of Mario (which the kids recognized from Mario Kart Wii) right next to our table.  My 4 year old, by the way, was an EXPERT at Mario Kart Wii.

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Our table was actually pretty boring.  Check out the booth seats!

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The booth seats were not located next to the playground, so we stuck to our boring table.  But that did not stop us from popping into one of them to take a photo!

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Every where you looked, there were pictures of cars or car-related logos decorating the restaurant.  Even the ceiling was not spared, with an upside-down racing track running across it.

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They also used real tyre rims to decorate the shelves throughout the restaurant.

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Car Car Hotpot Playground

There was a playground in the form of a double-decker bus within the restaurant.  My boys had this obsession with double-decker buses, where they would request to take double-decker buses just for fun.  So they clearly loved the idea of a double-decker bus playground!

However, please note that the playground was intended for young children.  There was a rule that children above 140cm were not allowed to play.

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There were some toys in the playground.

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And activity boards – the best way to utilize a small space to provide as much entertainment as possible.

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A bridge and slide.

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And a ball pit that occupied half of the first level of the double-decker bus.

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The windows of the double-decker bus looked out to the dining area, so the boys could see us even while they were playing inside.

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They never failed to shout “HELLO!!!” every time they approached the window – which was pretty hilarious.

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Car Car Hotpot Amenity

There were TV monitors for us to see what the kids were up to inside the playground.

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Children’s cutlery was readily available – and they were Cars-themed!

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Although the seats were booth seats, they somehow managed to fit in IKEA high chairs.

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Car Car Hotpot Food

Car Car Hotpot serves steamboat buffet.  We could choose two flavours for our soup base. I recommend getting the cheese one.

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The staff, dressed in F1 Racer uniform, pushed a trolley around for you to choose your food from.

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For meat and seafood dishes, we had to order from the staff via an order chit.

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The most interesting thing we ate was the mochi that came in 3 flavours: Black Sesame, Peanut and Cheese.  Actually it was pretty much like tangyuan, but packaged like those taiwanese mochi snacks.

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There were also free-flow drinks, fruits, chocolate fondue.

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And not forgetting the ice-cream. 6 flavours of MEIJI ice-cream! I LOVE Meiji ice-cream!

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Check out the parfait that MF made with the ice-cream and chocolate fondue.

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He was one happy boy!!

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Overall Verdict

To say that the boys were happy is an understatement.  They absolutely loved this place! If it was in Singapore, we would be frequent customers.  Definitely a place worth coming back to if I visit Taiwan with the kids again while they are little.

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Information:

Buffet Pricing

Adult: NT459
Child 110 – 140cm: Half Price
Child 90 – 110 cm: NT100
Child < 90 cm: FREE
(10% service charge applies)

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 1130 – 1400 | 1730 – 2100
Friday to Sunday: 1130 – 2100

There was a 2-hour dining time limit per table.  (90min time limit for placing food order.)

Official Websites

Homepage | Facebook Page

Getting to Car Car Hotpot

Address: Level 4 of an entertainment complex called CM Village (中美村)
320桃園市中壢區中美路一段12號

From Zhongli Station:  The complex is a 15-minutes walk from Zhongli Station.

From Taipei: Kuokuang Bus operates bus service from Taipei Main Station to Zhongli Station.

From Taoyuan International Airport: Kuokuang Bus operates bus service 5089 from Taoyuan International Airport to Zhongli Station. Below is the bus service timetable:

Bus schedule from Taoyuan International Airport to Zhongli

A taxi / cab ride from Taoyuan International Airport takes approximately 30 min and cost about NT600.

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.

16Comments

  1. Lyn Lee says:

    I love checking out the details of themed restaurants too – since they put in so much effort right? 🙂

  2. Sharon says:

    Hi,

    Which hotel you stay in Zhongli? Plan to go F & E with 2 kids but not stay in pricey Leofoo resort. Is the hotel near to Bon Bon city? Thank alot! 🙂

    • bumblebeemum says:

      We stayed at Kuva Chateau Hotel. My friend recommended me to stay there because, like you, she didn’t want to spend the money on Leofoo. The hotel is not walking distance, but just a short cab ride (about NT100) to Bon Bon City. The hotel is walking distance to the night market though.

      • Michael Wee says:

        Hi Bumblebeemum
        Are the taxis plentiful in Zhongli? Any problems catching taxi from Kuva to Bon Bon City / Zhongli train station / Windows on China & Leofoo Village and also finding a taxi from those places back to the hotel?

  3. Lynn says:

    Is Car CAr HotPot still in operation?

  4. Jennifer says:

    Hello there I like your very much; very informative and practical.

    We will be arriving at Tao-Yuan slightly before midnight, will is be safe to take a cab to Taipei at that timing?
    Or check in the pricey Airport hotel for the night?

    Thanks in advanced.

  5. Sherry says:

    hi , your post is really helpful. We went there last year but the restaurant was not open. I was thinking of going again, but you mentioned the restaurant changed name to Mario. Is it just change name or the theme restaurant is shut down?

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