Food was very authentic Chinese
Food was very authentic Chinese and tasted quite well. Bill was high for 3 meats and 4 veggies - 100 dollars. Felt like meal was worth cheaper but overall it was pretty,good.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pretty authentic hot pot
I'm very happy I went to Mala Tang. The service was great and the food was both authentic and good. Would happily go again. My only complaint was that the meat servings, especially the lamb, were skimpy. They propped the meat up on a crispy vegetable so that it would look like a taller pile. The wine marinated beef, on the other hand, was a plentiful serving. As were most of the vegetables -- especially the leafy greens.
I'd happily go again. And since it's metro accessible, I probably will.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food good, waiter MIA
The choices of fresh vegetables and various interesting noodle options, plus the ability to personalize in a group setting make Mala Tang a favorite. Unfortunately, our waiter disappeared during the meal, missing our interest in ordering additional items. He dropped the check off and disappeared again. We had to flag down another waiter to pay our bill, and while we were at it requested that our automatic tip of 20% for a group of six or more be reduced to a barely earned 15%.
3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for groups!
Service was amazing. I had my birthday dinner here and it was an awesome venue for a group. We had so much for cooking food together and our server was so helpful in helping to pick out yummy selections. This is a perfect place for a birthday/celebratory dinner.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for hot pot
Very good Sichuan hot pot restaurant - i.e., you cook the food yourself at the table. The hot pots are quite spicy (you can ask for milder versions as well) and the flavors seem pretty authentic. Portions are generous. They provide small, individual hot pots for each diner, so different people in a group can have different levels of spice in their food.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not as good as the real hotpot
Not as good as the real hotpot in Chengdu, Sichuan, but can't ask for more int he DC area - so far the best hotpot in the DC area!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good for an entertaining evening.
Good for an entertaining evening. Food was very good even though I had to cook it myself.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Superb Sichuan Hotpot
The only reason I think Mala Tang was not full on a Saturday night was people just don't know that it is there. Otherwise, there is no reason not to be there. The food is excellent, the service was warm and helpful, the ambiance is elegant but not pretentious, and the restaurant is really well-designed to make the ordering process very user-friendly for those not used to the cacophony that is normal Chinese hot pot dining. I lived near Sichuan province for a few years, so I'm used to the spicy flavors of that cuisine and the joyful group dining of hotpot that enlivens everyone. Mala Tang does a great job capturing that spirit + some innovations. True, the "spicy" broth is just "American" level spicy, but this is excellent Sichuan food!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not just for hotpot
They are known for their hotpot, but their a la carte items are at least as good. We loved the twice-cooked chicken, which is as good as the more-common Sichuanese twice-cooked pork but a lot less fatty. Also had the “yuxiang rousi” (don’t remember the menu name in English but it’s fish-flavored pork shreds and it was delicious)
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hot Pot Hot Spot
Great hot pot options and the servers were very helpful in guiding us throw our first hot pot experience.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent, service was great, and we really enjoyed being able to slowly work through the meal without feeling rushed. Food portion was large, so I wouldn't recommend any appetizers.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the ambience and the food. It's all very excellent! The most authentic Chinese food in town!!
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm a regular once you try hot pot and the or regular Chinese menu you can't stop coming
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique and Fun Dining Experience
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.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love it, delish!
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!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Mala Tang's Hot Pot
This is my third visit to Mala Tang, and as always I had a great meal.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Night with Friends
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.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the Concept!
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!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Yum
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!
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Never a disapppointment
I really enjoy dinning at Mala Tang. It's close to my house, has a great staff and the food is wonderful.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Hot Pot in Town
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....
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and delicious. And you make your hot pot just the way you like it. Win win
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good, very authentic Sichuan hot pot restaurant. Highly recommended from a Chinese native hot pot lover.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Restaurant EVER!
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!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM