I had heard about Peter Chang's great food but had never had a chance to enjoy it. We really like Chinese cuisine and particularly Szechuan and have eaten in top Chinese restaurants in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Beijing. On a recent trip through Richmond to Orange we decided to stop by on a Sunday evening for an early dinner at Peter Chang's. The restaurant is in a strip mall in the Short Pump area just off I-64 west of Richmond. We arrived at the restaurant about 5:30. It was not crowded at that time and we had no problem getting a table. the restaurant is one large room with an informal decor but pleasant.The menu was extensive and listed a number of great sounding dishes-it was difficult to make a choice. Our server, Rachel (I believe) was very knowledgeable and helpful in describing the dishes and how they were prepared and making recommendations. She also made a point of asking what level of spice we liked in our food. One surprise was that we would normally have ordered an appetizer to share and two entrees, Rachel frankly told us that the portions were large and that an appetizer and one entree would be more than sufficient for two people. She was absolutely right. As for the food we had dry fried eggplant as an appetizer and the house special fish fillet which was flounder with broccoli, mushrooms, Napa cabbage and carrot. The food was wonderful. The eggplant appetizer was crisp with a wonderful taste of eggplant as you bit into it followed by a touch of Szechuan heat in the after taste. The fish was excellent, perfectly cooked and well complemented by the vegetables in the dish. Rachel had suggested a spice level of 1 for us but I think we could have gone at least one level higher but we understood her note of caution on that score. In summary, this was absolutely one of the best Chinese meals we have ever had with very helpful, prompt and attentive service. For the quality of the food it was also a great value. We will certainly return whenever we are in the Richmond area and look forward to trying the Charlottesville and Fredricksburg branches. We just that there was a branch in Northern Virginia!
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