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Mala Tang
Mala Tang

Mala Tang Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mala-tang.com
  • Phone: (703) 243-2381
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm; DINNER: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm (Last seating is 30 minutes prior to closing)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Shabu-shabu
  • Executive Chef: Liu Chaosheng
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: On site and off site Catering is available.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Special Events menus are available in house.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: From Virginia Square Metro - turn left at N Monroe Street than turn right on Washington Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Mala Tang offers two hours of complimentary parking for all reservations and walk-in guests dining in the main dining room (hot pot menu). 15 minutes free parking for carryout. Parking is available in designated retail spaces in the garage.

    Garage parking is available on the P1 level in spots designated as Retail. If Retail parking lot is full, please leave your keys with a Parking Attendant.
A word from Mala Tang
The inspiration behind Mala Tang is Sichuan Master Chef Liu Chaosheng’s hometown of Chengdu. Here you'll find the streets filled with diners sitting at tables gathering around bubbling hot pots, in which dozens of dried chilies bob up and down in an oily red broth.

The hot pot itself is a pan that sits on a portable burner, surrounded by an array of small plates piled high with fresh ingredients. Guests select pieces of food and drop them into the broth to cook, and then dip them into delicious sauces.

For the main hot pot course, Mala Tang serves a variety of proteins including chicken, lamb, all-natural beef, and fresh seafood; starches such as sweet potato noodles, and a plethora of vegetables ranging from bok choy to lotus roots. Those who are "afraid of the chili heat," as the Chengdu locals jokingly warn incoming travelers, can tone down the mala flavor with a mild version of the cooking broth.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The title aays it all. People complain about the price, well i say go eat at Applebees cheapskates. This place is amazing. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Great food, and generally very accommodating management. Staff was easily overwhelmed. Had to ask 3 times for the main guest's birthday dessert, which was simply handed to him on a plate after half the guests had left. Indicia of dishonesty: *No indication* that gratuity had been included in my check, nor was the tax amount stated, but the standard tip line was present. Love the food, but the restaurant needs better service and practices."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Our meal was delicious! The spicy hot pot isn't very spicy at all (take it from someone who has no tolerance for spice at all) and the sauce bar is a great touch. We ordered a mix of entrees and hot pot and the food was so satisfying. Will definitely go back for another meal!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Restaurant was comletely disorganized, our food was delivered to another table after which we realized this and they switched foods rather than remade the food. So we basically took touched food from another table."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The hot pots are fabulous. Wonderful, fresh ingredients that you cook at your table. The fresh flounder is our favorite which we get with the Chinese vegetables. I usually get the spicy broth but this time got the mild broth and added hot mala oil to my taste. We've invited many people to Mala Tang over the past year to have dinner with us, and they loved it, as did we. The only thing this time that was disappointing was the service. The waitress was taking food cooking in the broth in front of me away. She never asked me if I was finished (I wasn't). The dessert, mango mousse, was partially frozen. The waitress said "It's supposed to be like that." Yeah. Right."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "So the menu is poorly translated and non of the wait staff could explain any of it because they didn't speak English. The concept is like seschzuan fondu but unless you understand fondu it's a nightmare. Their meals say they come w rice but it's a free addition if you ask for it. Despot repeated asks they wouldn't bring is forks until the last 10 mins. I understand trying to do it there way but it is impossible to eat non sticky rice, sprouts and thinly sliced potatoes w chopsticks after they've been boiled. The slices of sirloin and chicken where way too big to handle w the chopsticks or in a pot of boiling broth. The food after all this is just ok. Entertaining? yes. Repeat worthy? No."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Went here for lunch with a friend. I've been to "hot pot" restaurants in Asia bit this first time in USA. We tried both mild and spicy broths and had the wine marinated beef, lamb and assorted vegetables. All was fresh and very tasty. If you want something different and fun I would highly recomment Mala Tang to you."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I was disappointed in the hot pot which we went for. I had been told this was their specialty. I thought the ingredients were ok but the sirloin was very fatty. Not knowing exactly how to prepare the 'soup', it would have been helpful to have someone walk us through it. All in all, not a great experience."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The menu can be a little confusing, and your understanding of it depends entirely on the explanation from the waiter or waitress. But the food is excellent (not to mention giant portions) and the environment is great. I'm definitely going back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Mala Tang is fun, especially with a group. It's like fondue, but better. Each diner gets a broth (mild or spicy), and the table orders meats, veggies, and dumplings to cook in the broth. There's a station with spices to customize your broth and make sauces. Focus on veggies and dumplings; meats are small and add up $$. Order green bean leaves (like pea shoots) if they are in season. Delicious! This time, while the food was as good as usual, the service was lacking. Our jasmine tea was cold and bitter. Water glasses got filled quickly, but our broth boiled away and was only refilled once, very late in the meal. Also, they need a curtain at the front door. Every time it opened, we got blasted by cold air."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Mala Tang offers the most authentic Chinese cuisine we have had since visiting China last year. Everything was delicious. We especially enjoyed the sauce bar, where you can customize your dipping sauce to as spicy or mild as you prefer. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Have been coming here regularly for about a year now, since we found this place. Staff is friendly and the food is always fresh. Perfect for when you want chinese but tired of all the fast food take out joints."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The mongolian lamb was wonderful! Food is good, the price is right and you will have plenty to share"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "This was the first visit my friend and I made to Mala Tang. We tried the hot pot cooking experience and enjoyed cooking our food at our table. The spicy broth was super spicy to us so we'd opt for the mild next time. Having a menu of dipping sauces we could create and try with our hot pot items was fun too. The staff were very helpful in explaining how to order items to cook at our table and how to make the most of our dining experience."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Hate to say it, but I think the grease traps must have backed up into the food. OMG... the sheen on BOTH dishes was like an oil slick. Apparently the "real" chef takes Mondays off..."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Interesting menu items of things not generally found in US Chinese restaurants. Some items, like cumin lamb, hard to find in other restaurants. Solid list of meats and veggies for hot pot with flexibility about how spicy you'd like the broth to be. Attentive service"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This was an interesting experience- the hot pot. I had had Thai Hot Pot before, this was a bit different. A bit more assistance from the staff would have been appreciated. Also, the broth- which others had said was not that spicey- left us with a burning and sweating- not sure if it was just made extra hot that night? (I am somewhat of a wimp when it comes to hot spice, but the others in my party said this was particularly spicey hot). Enjoyed the beef with wine, but the pork and chicken were both sliced as tho they were lunch meat. Guess this just wasn't my thing."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "You can order typical chinese food from the menu, but the better option is the hot pot style of dining. A pot of hot broth is placed beside each dinner and you cook your choices of meats and veggies in the broth. Wide variety of meat choices including beef, chicken, fish balls, crab sticks, tofu, and pork. Also a wide variety of asian vegetables and brocoli as well as rice, bamboo shoots and water cress. You mix up you own dipping sauce and can season to taste, so it can be as hot, mild, tasty or bland as you like. Good food."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Had dinner hear on Xmas day. Service was downright dismissive. Had looked forward to trying this place since it opened. The waiter seemed lethargic or half dead. We had to pry info out of him about the menu and how to order. No one ever explained that there was a station to go mix sauces or how to put a meal together. I was expecting an interesting dining experience and left wishing I hadn't bothered. Also, it's VERY expensive for basically a few dishes of raw veggies and meat that you essentially cook yourself. Not sure why this place gets recommended. They really seem uninterested in pleasing diners."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I live in 22207 and did not know about this place. Found it last minute on open table as being available for christmas dinner. The service was good, although it is a little hard to understand the waitress and the program for the fist time. There are traditional chinese food choices, but the hot pots are a very healthy alternative. THe kids declared that this was their favorite restaurant, as they had so much fun cooking."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "This was my first time at a hot pot restaurant and I was greatly impressed. Before we even got to the hop pot they had super delicious appetizers to get you started. The cold sesame noodles disappeared from my table, even the little noodles that were hiding in the sauce were gobbled up. Then the Hot pot, You were able to pick if you want mild or spicy broth, and then what meat and veggies go in it. Then there was a sauce bar to make your own concoction for your food which was great and unlimited. Also my husband has some difficult health allergies and this restaurant was very helpful to him, bringing him special soy sauce and others so he could join in the hot pot fun. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The Hot Pot cuisine is fresh and different than the usual Chinese fare. It's also engaging and leisurely. And the combinations are almost infinite."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I am a health but and I love the hot pot here, you can get all vegan options and the veggies are amazingly fresh and delicious. I love how this restaurant has authentic Chinese dishes, so different than we are used to in America. I brought 4 friends who were first timers ask they all thought it was amazing! So much to choose from and everything is so delicious. I wish I lived closer or I'd be there once a week! A true gem!"
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Very good, very authentic Sichuan hot pot restaurant. Highly recommended from a Chinese native hot pot lover."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Fun and delicious. And you make your hot pot just the way you like it. Win win"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "This is an exceptional hot pot restaurant! The food is always fresh and high-quality. The availability of two types of broth (mild and spicy) appeals to all palates. Good fixings for sauces, so one can mix to personal tastes. Have been there several times, and have never been disappointed - although they occasionally run out of specific beers. But that is tolerable when the food is otherwise so good and plentiful. Be sure to order the wine-infused beef; a can't miss entree...."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "I really enjoy dinning at Mala Tang. It's close to my house, has a great staff and the food is wonderful."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "The food was good and it was a lot of fun with a group of ten. Everybody had a good time, most of us never having eaten there before or experienced their unique food presentation with all having their own hot pot for cooking food. The service was slow, our waiter was overwhelmed with things to do and the explanation for how/what we should order was confusing. They really need to sort that out, but all in all a good time."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "This was my second hot pot experience and my first in the DMV. I really enjoyed both the food and the activity of the hot pot. Everything was fresh and tasted great. They asked if it was our first time here and we say yes, so they were very helpful and informative. Between the two of us, we shared one traditional broth to do the cooking and ordered dumplings to start and then one NY Strip - American combo and al la carte egg noodles and wood ear mushrooms for the hot pot. It was a good amount of food, and we easily could have over ordered. We will be back!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "It was fun, Melting Pot Asian style. There are many choices and you can select family style or just keep the meal to yourself. It is great for groups. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "Restaurant has fairly consistently good food and the hot pot is delicious. Prices are fair so no complaints there. The waiter was a bit obnoxious, but it did not put a damper on the evening. Reservation was honored immediately as we entered. It was a slower night since it was after the dinner rush, but still a pleasant experience worth repeating."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Cook it yourself. Food is served to be cooked in a broth of your choice. You may also select your choice of "doneness." Ingredients are fresh and tasty. You may season your creation with a myriad of sauces and spices. Entrees consist of meat, fish and veggies. Prices are reasonable. An enjoyable experience!"
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "This is my third visit to Mala Tang, and as always I had a great meal."
    Dined on 8/26/2013
  • "It was delish and you can customize the menu to your likes and dislikes. It is perfect place to have dinner with friends. I would def go back again!"
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Enjoyed the hot pot dinner very much. I think adding the seasonings to the broth made all the food come together better and the staff was very helpful in assisting with sides to order. Definitely a great experience and a wonderful way to enjoy Asian hot pot sharing with a US twist."
    Dined on 8/12/2013
  • "I'm a regular once you try hot pot and the or regular Chinese menu you can't stop coming"
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "It had been a while since I had last come here, so I was a little rusty on how ordering food worked at Mala Tang. Luckily, the waiter was super friendly and took time to explain the process and even made recommendations on what to order. The food came came out in a fairly timely fashion and when the broth had evaporated, they kindly refilled the pot. It was a great experience and food was really delicious!"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "Food was good but waiter advised us to order much more than we needed or could eat. Hot pots make the table and diners very warm, and bibs would help with the messiness of the meal. With better advice from the waitstaff, this would have been more enjoyable and a better value."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "This is the third hot pot restaurant I have been to and it was definitely the best. The broth was very flavorful and the portions were generous. I'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "I love the ambience and the food. It's all very excellent! The most authentic Chinese food in town!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2013