Hunan Chinese in Thousand Oaks?
Some co-workers were talking of going to this place for lunch, claiming it had "very good" Chinese food. The menu has the usual supects and I fear that the place will only re-confirm the notion that there is no authentic (not dumbed-down) Chinese west of Chinatown. Does anyone have experience with this place? If I get tricked into going I'll report back. Thanks.
I used to go there for dinner to go once a week when I worked in Westlake Village, and once or twice more after the fact - driving there from the west valley. For two I would order: Two orders steamed dumplings, one mongolian beef and a chicken dish that escapes me. I seem to remember that the tab was $61.00. Rice came with ( they gave one small container ). When I asked for extra fortune cookies, I think I got two more. During one visit I was asked how many more cookies I wanted - and jokingly said 12 - I was charged $5.00. But I digress.
Food is very good - the best in the area. I just hate to drive all that way- so I'm teaching myself to cook Chinese at home.
We've been going to Hunan since moving here 4 years ago. Their food is basic Chinese fare, not up to Chinatown standards but pretty much the best in this area. We stopped going recently becuase thier prices increased beyond what we thought it was worth.
The staff is friendly and service is pretty good, even when they get crowded. We like their Chinese chicken salad, their special house (Hunan) beef and pan fried noodles and Sweet/Pungent Shrimp. The Wor Won Ton soup is pretty good too. The Decor is very nice; we've only ordered wine, they have a bar but it doesn't look like drinks are their specialty.
Here is their menu: http://www.hunanto.com/
Two other fairly good Chinese places in the area (Westlake Village) are:
30853 Thousand Oaks Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Lakeview Garden Restaurant
4697 Lakeview Canyon Rd, Westlake Village, CA
Please report back if you go.
The last time I ordered (to go) from them I ordered the following: A chinese Chicken Salad (appetizer size), an order of Pan Fried Noodles and a Wor Won Ton soup (for 2) and it came to over $30.00. Since we only had soup for two and an appetizer and one full dish we thought this was excessive. The problem is that there's just two of us, so we don't do Chinese very often for this reason.
Upon consideration it probably wasn't fair to say it was too expensive, with several people sharing dishes it probably is equal to any other Chinese restaurant.
Let us know what you think if you go.
I've been to Lakeview Garden I didn't think it was very good, but I spend most of my time in the San Gabriel Valley. It's surprising there isn't any authentic Chinese food in the area given that there are enough Chinese in the area to support a Chinese language school in Thousand Oaks. I guess they're all content to trek down to Peking Inn in Camarillo.