My wife and I are new to Austin, and having lived in the Houston and New York areas for the past 20 years we were not expecting to find a Chinese restaurant which met our expectations. We had seen the Lotus Hunan while shopping near by a few weeks ago and stopped in last night. We were impressed the fried dumplings were excellent, the pan fried noodles very good and the Garlic pork nicely spiced but a bit too oily.
As the restaurant was empty (except for the constant line of take out customers) , the service was excellent. The atmosphere was ok but too brightly lit.
We will be returning. Certainly as good as any neighborhood Chinese restaurant we have found.