Great New Restaurants 2010: Uncle Liu's Hot Pot
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published October 4, 2010
Cheap Eats 2010
Uncle Liu's Hot Pot
Address: 2972 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA 22031
Phone: 703-560-6868
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Chinese
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner 11 to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Half-and-half hot pot with such add-ons as flounder, watercress, beef, fried pork, and enoki mushrooms.
Price Details: Hot pots, $6 to $10, plus add-ons, $2.95 to $6.95.

Hong Kong Palace owner Liu Chaosheng opened this Szechuan hot-pot place in March, bringing a Chinese dining tradition little seen in this area. Diners choose between a mild or peppercorn-spiked broth—we like the half-and-half pot, which features both—then choose à la carte add-ons that are dipped and cooked at the table. Heaping vegetable baskets and plates of fish, dumplings, and rolled slices of meat arrive in waves, all making the broth richer as they’re added throughout the meal. The dipping sauces are also do it yourself and can be concocted at a sauce bar—ask a server for advice on mixing the dozen ingredients.

Don’t miss: Half-and-half hot pot with such add-ons as flounder, watercress, beef, fried pork, and enoki mushrooms.

For a full review of Uncle Liu's Hot Pot, click here.

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