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Apr 20, 2010 02:30 PM

Where is chef Peter Chang now?

I understand that chef Peter Chang has left the restaurant he was at briefly in Charlottesville VA, but is planning on opening a new restaurant there in 3-4 months. There have been rumors that, in the meantime, he is helping out his old friend who owns Tasty China in Marietta, GA, which is where I first ran into his amazing cooking. Does anyone know for sure where he's at now?

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  1. He's scouting out spaces in Short Pump, a suburb of Richmond, VA to open a restaurant in a few months - maybe by the summer. Search Chang, Richmond, Short Pump, restaurant on the web and you'll get a few hits....

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      1. re: jeanmarieok

        He's been in the kitchen quite a bit at his Charlottesville, VA location. The flavors of his dishes are a mile deep.

          1. re: mikeh

            I ate at the Charlottesville place a month ago while he was in the kitchen. Simply stunning, he really is that good!

            1. re: mikeh

              I am going to try and eat there this weekend. Though maybe not if it is too raucous since this is sort of going to be our Valentine's dinner (Tuesday night is basketball practice for the boys lol)

        1. He is out in Short Pump in the Wal-Mart shopping center, down at the far end closer to Lowes. 11424 W. Broad. 804-364-5168.
          Go! Go! Go!
          No one was in there last night - maybe 5 tables while we were there. Which was nice because it was very relaxed atmosphere, all the servers (and there were many) were attentive and helpful, food came out quickly but not all at once so we did not feel rushed. Mr and Mrs lee were circulating with Mr. Chang. The food was delicious, and unlike any other Chinese place in Richmond. Spicy, but not just HOT (although we did not have anything rated as "3 chili" hot on the menu). The dishes labeled as "numbing" really do make you feel as if your mouth is a little numb. There are some standard American-Chinese favorites on the menu for the less adventure-some - orange chicken/beef (we had the beef - best I have ever had) lo mein, twice cooked pork, etc. MOre on the lunch menu than dinner. Most other tables had soups or stews in huge clay pots that must have served 6 or more, but we somehow missed those.

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          1. re: katva

            Thanks for the review. I shall be there this weekend, and possibly may go for lunch tomorrow as well.

          2. He is in Short Pump. I even got his autograph on the take out menu.

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            1. re: tjiang8

              Funny they have a take out menu (I got one too) but currently are not doing takeout. I have been sick for about a month and have been desperate for some more dry fried eggplant

              1. re: PenskeFan

                Peter Chang's in short pump is now doing Take Out on weekdays - not sure if that includes Friday.

                Went there Saturday night, thank goodness got there early because it was slammed packed by the time we finished dinner.

                1. re: PenskeFan

                  Charlottesville location has been doing takeout 7 days a week since they opened. Maybe because it's a college town?

                  1. re: Bacardi1

                    Could be, also could be that the Short Pump location is somewhat poorly laid out for it and I think the kitchen was overwhelmed just keeping up with their regular dining room

                    I understand why not the weekends though. Short Pump weekend dining crowds especially are atrociously bad , basically after 5:15 expect to wait 45 minutes or more routinely even at the most bland of chains.

            2. Ate at his Charlottesville location - "Peter Chang's China Grill" - which we've frequented several times before, and - as usual - were blown away by the food & the service. It's a MUST VISIT if you enjoy authentic Szechuan cuisine & are in the area. Here's a link to his website menu, but there are other "authentic" menu items that aren't on the website, but are provided on the sit-down menu. Here's the link:


              While there are other restaurants in Charlottesville that might be worthy, whenever we're down that way, we just naturally gravitate to Peter Chang's. It's THAT GOOD!!! :)

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              1. re: Bacardi1

                Damn, that menu looks good! Spicy deep fried mushrooms? Dear lord.

                I have not had Chang's food since he left the DC area. 8<(

                1. re: Bob W

                  We order those mushrooms every single time we're there. They're the tiny "Pom Pom" mushrooms - sort of look like largish Enoki mushrooms; long thin stem, dime-size cap - deep-fried along with dried red chilis, scallions, cilantro, sliced garlic, & a goodly amount of Szechuan peppercorns. Addictive. Also can never pass up the "Dry-Fried Eggplant". Think Szechuan peppercorn & red chili "fries", but made from eggplant (which you would never guess). Even eggplant haters adore these!

                  For entrees this last time, husband had the "Bamboo Fish", which consisted of 2" x 4" pieces of white fish filets, fried up sort of a salt-&-pepper style - salt, lots of ground black pepper, red chilis, scallion, & cilantro - served in a folding woven bamboo tray (there's a pic of it on the website menu somewhere). It was wonderful, & just hot enough without blowing the top of your head off.

                  I had one of my favorites, the "Braised Fish in Szechuan Chili Sauce". This dish is UNBELIEVABLE! An insane amount of melt-in-your-mouth white fish filet pieces (could easily feed 3 people) swimming in a steaming & fiery hot red hell broth rich with Szechuan peppercorns, garlic, & other blow-the-top-of-your-head-off seasonings. I ADORE this - but it IS something that you really can't eat a lot of at one sitting (even with copious amounts of rice & beer - lol!). Thus, we brought a little of everything home & enjoyed not only another dinner out of it (all portions - even appetizers - are VERY generous), but I got a lunch out of it too!

                  If you're ever down in the Charlottesville area, it's a MUST visit!

              2. Round-up of all things Chang. New menu coming for the Charlottesville location. Possible additional Richmond area location in Tobacco Row District. Stanley Tucci-backed bio-film on Chang still a go. Chang settling into what would appear to be a more permanent situation than ever before, learning English and purchasing a car.

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                1. re: CogitoErgoBibo

                  Thanks for the update, but Good Grief - why can't they just leave well enough alone!!!!!! I haven't even had a chance to try everything I'd like to on the "old" menu yet, & I've been going there since they first opened. And unless you're there at an off hour (like between normal lunch & dinner hours), the place is always crowded, so it's not like no one likes the menu.

                  As normally happens with restaurants I adore, they either close entirely or drop all the dishes I love off the menu.

                  1. re: Bacardi1

                    Some things always survive his menu updates, like the dried eggplant. There would be riots if that ever left. If it's like the last update, you'll still see a lot of your favorites, plus some new things to try. Sure, some things will leave, but they'll likely come back around eventually. Plus, at least Short Pump isn't too far away. Could be that your favorites are available only an hour or so east of C-ville. It's always worth checking!