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“nice place; greasy food”
Review of Mala Tang

Mala Tang
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Ranked #180 of 904 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: From Virginia Square Metro - turn left at N Monroe Street than turn right on Washington Blvd.
Description: In late April 2011 Sichuan Hot Pot comes to Arlington with the opening of Mala Tang in Virginia Square. Owner and Sichuan Master Chef Liu Chaosheng, known for his fiery culinary style featuring the famous Sichuan pepper, will oversee the kitchen and menu. The new venue, located near the Arlington Campus of George Mason University (3434 Washington Boulevard; Virginia Square Metro), is a contemporary Chinese setting emulating Chef Liu’s native city of Chengdu – famous for its varieties of spicy street food and numerous hot pot eateries.
Reviewed January 13, 2013

The atmosphere was wonderful -- decor was superb, not too busy, wonderful music. However, the food was extremely greasy/oily and I would not return simply for this reason.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

A really nice Szechuan restaurant in Arlington. Appetizers include an array of very authentic Chengdu style dumplings, Dan Dan noodles and more. There are two menus - the lunch menu and the dinner menu, with the lunch menu being more extensive. That being said, I believe everything on the lunch menu is also available for dinner, so I'm not sure it makes much of a difference. Try an array of appetizer dumplings and noodles and you will definitely go home full. Prices were very reasonable for the DC suburbs. I particularly favor the dumplings over the hot pot, but we tried both, and they were both very tasty. All in all, an unexpected treat.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Our friends brought us to Mala Tang while we were visiting DC. It is a szechuan style soup fondue, where one has individual warm broth, and then order the ingredients we want to put inthe soup. The place is well decorated, classier Chinese restaurant ambience, and good service. Parking is plentiful in a covered garage and the ticket needs to be validated. We ordered the traditional broth and the ingredients ala carte,would recommend choice of meat (beef is tender and tasty), beancurd stick, mushroom, taro( this is a must), bokchoy, scallops or shrimp, fish ball and fish.they have different sauces in the center for us to mix ourselves, and one dips the stuff in sauce and eat. Simple yet satisfying. This is especially good in winter or when it is cold out. The waitstaff are attentive and refills the soup pot as needed. I highly recommend this place.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

A unique chinese style - szechuan hot pot. A flexible menu that allows you to blend the ingredients you like best. If you've never tried this, it worth the trip.

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

My partner and I went to Mala Tang for a Friday dinner, and we felt that we had an authentic hot pot meal that was worth recommending. The atmosphere is inviting, if a bit cavernous. We sat down for dinner, but there was also a bar and stand-up area if that’s more your speed.

The menu is large and a bit hard to understand for people not familiar with how hot pot works. Getting the combo platters are definitely the way to go, and one of us ordered the Chinese vegetables with chicken hotpot and the other ordered the American vegetable accompaniments with beef so that we could try what they had to offer. They also had sake cocktails that were interesting and unique – sake with coconut milk and goji berries was particularly delightful.

Overall, I think this is a solid hot pot restaurant that gives quality dishes in a fast and authentic manner. My partner said that it reminded him of his travels in Sichuan, and there were a lot of Chinese people there – so that’s pretty much the only judge you need!

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