|Address:||4233 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203, USA|
|Working:||11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM|
E. Doug K.
Outstanding. Of all the Chinese restaurants I choose to frequent for buffet, Hunan Gate is hands down the best in the DC metro area and everywhere else I can recall. I havent menu ordered though, but it looks great. They do not serve dim sum in the buffet, but thats my weekend excursion anyway. Both service and buffet replenishment have always been topnotch; the waitstaff friendly, efficient, and attentive. Under the new management, there are more staff than even before. They also repaired their booths, which had once been a bit natty. Its not a large place, but then, my favorite places in San Francisco, NY City, and Toronto tend to be the small walk-downs. The food is delicious, distinctive, and varied. Small things matter: Mushrooms must be savory and distinguishable across plates, that fruits be without blemishes, and that even cookies be better than the best supermarket offerings. Their soups are excellent, by the way. One last thing, what warrants the fifth star is the fact that -on a random basis- the style of a few of the dishes are tweaked every few months or so. They cant get better... but they do! Give Hunan Gate buffet a try (eleven-thirty a.m. is best), and treat yourself to a sample of things beyond your usual fair. Especially the breaded fish. The price, about ten dollars for me today, is a buck more than the top end of the terrific Ballston food trucks around the corner, but then, I had to waddle out, sated and happy.
This place does not deserve any rating above 2. If you would like to taste authentic Chinese food, DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT!!! I barely write any restaurant review, this restaurant made me feel necessary to share my opinions online! The food is really, really bad. We ordered vegetarian triple delights, crisp fried pork, mapo tofu, tofu with scallions, noodles with chopped pork and black-bean sauce. The only edible dish is the tofu with scallions, which does not require any cooking. The triple delights and mapo tofu are bearable but too salty. Nothing close to those made in a decent Chinese restaurant. The crisp fried pork is way too sour. The noodles are the WORST I have ever had in my entire life! And I am saying this as a Chinese who has had plenty of noodles in her life. The pork in the noodles are coarsely chopped, with no black-bean sauce, and comes with a very strong alcoholic scent. None of these features is tolerable for this type of noodle. This meal ruined our appetite and our last day of experience in D.C. The owner refused to respond or even acknowledge our suggestion that the noodles are bad. I think it is because she can see that we are tourists and deemed that we are not returning. The waitresses at the restaurant took upon a very rude attitude after we tried to communicate with the owner. This ranks among the 5 worst restaurant experience I have had so far.
First of all, Im a Taiwanese not Chinese. Plus, bubble tea was created by Taiwanese. Here is the thing, I ordered a bubble tea for 4.40 including tax tonight out of homesick. The bubble tea itself was barely ok but the pearls were disgusting, which are not chewy and tasty at all. Once you put them in your mouth, they just broke down into small lumps, which shouldnt happen to a "normal" bubble tea. Whats worse, I ordered a cold bubble tea, and they gave you warm one instead. As soon as I had a sip of this shxt , I threw them in a garbage can. I havent had the chance to try their dishes, but I certainly wont. I had an awesome bubble tea once in Brooklyn from a Chinese restaurant which they sold it less than 4 dollars, and I was very pleased. In my opinion, it is unacceptable and unmoral for the Chinese restaurant to sell customers this shxt that doesnt worth half of the money I paid. I hope this restaurant wont go out of business.
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I visited this restaurant for the first time on September 7, 2009 and ordered a take-out order of “Shrimp Hunan”. When I arrived home and tasted the food, the shrimp was clearly spoiled and inedible. After tasting bites of two pieces I only had to smell the remainder to detect their sour rotten state. I called the restaurant and complained to the manager, who did not seem to be that surprised or concerned that the seafood he was serving customers was tainted. Cost was not an issue for me. Thus, notwithstanding the managers offer to refund my money, I feel obligated to request that this restaurant be inspected by the Arlington Health Dept. before it is the cause of a food borne outbreak of some kind.
Im very surprised this place isnt rated higher. Its one of those restaurants that has different menus for chinese and non-chinese people. I guess is doesnt have the "ambiance" that some people care about but the food is ridiculously good. If you like bacon, get "pork with clear noodles" which are huge chunks of fatty pork in a ginger sauce. If youre a vegetarian, the eggplant is amazing. (both are on the authentic chinese menu) This is one of those few restaurants where almost everything on either menu is really good and different enough that you can go back over and over again and have very different food experiences.
有史以来最难吃的自以为自己正宗的中国菜馆没有之一 酸菜冻豆腐里面全是胡椒粉 为了掩盖冻豆腐和酸菜不新鲜的味道 一盘锅包肉每一片都能片到3mm厚（刀功不错呵呵哒）一盘肉真正肉的部分也就一两 也不便宜 平均每个人都得25 如果想吃正宗中国菜真的不要来这家
The food was excellent and the wait staff was relatively friendly. We ordered off the Chinese Menu which was translated into English (except for one extra item on each page that was handwritten in Chinese on a piece of paper). The standard menu has all the regular Chinese-American dishes and its fine if thats what youre looking for. But the Chinese menu is much more authentic and its the reason were already planning another dinner at Hunan Gate. The only downside is that it looks pretty terrible. This place could really use a makeover.
Ive been eating here for six years now. They definitely improved about three years ago. They serve good food, and the delivery is fast and arrives in good shape. The diverse menu provides some cool options when you need a change of pace. The staff are somewhat perfunctory in conversation, but nothings ever late and your order is always right, which is what you want.
The poor reviews given to the restaurant are out dated because the restaurant has since changed hand. The restaurant is now ran by a family originally from north China. The food is very authentic north China fair. Everything we ordered was excellent.
I usually dont eat Chinese, but this place is pretty authentic compared to regular Chinese carry out places. Plus price is great for its flavors. But obviously its nothing like the Chinese foods in China. Service is okay.
I and a friend went for dinner and the food was incredible. I had the "Chicken with Spicy Peppers", so much food and so hard to get myself to stop eating when I was full. I will definitely eat here whenever Im in town.
Great Lunch Deal & Good food. I have been stoping by here a few times a month for there great lunch deal and the good quality of the food on it. You can chose the buffet but I prefer the on menu lunch deals!
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I thought Id try a new place, and was sadly disappointed. It costs more than some other restaurants in the area and the food was bad (ordered the lemon chicken and couldnt finish it- it tasted so bad).