Little Panda Hot Pot and Szechuan House in Quincy, a great little hot pot place
I received a menu mailer from this place and decided to try it for dinner last night. We went about 7pm and there were a few tables filled. Cute little place, basic decor but typical for a Chinese restaurant. We were the only non-Chinese in the place. They have a TV going with some sort of Chinese programming, similar to the dining room at Hong Kong Eatery.
We started out with the lamb dumplings, which were delicious. Small dumplings with a big lump of lamb filling inside. Reminded me somewhat of the ones I get in NYC Chinatown when I'm there.
From there, we had the Hot Pot. It's very similar to the late, lamented Little Q (yes, I know they reopened, but not in Quincy unfortunately). They have the Chinese Mala, Herbal and Black Bone Chicken broths. I had the Herbal, which was delicious. You could smell it coming out of the kitchen. Each table has one large hot pot in the center, which can be split into two pots if you want to try different broths. They have combo platters, or you can order ala carte from a large menu of vegetables, meat, seafood and noodles.
We ordered some of the beef tendon, beef tongue and chicken breast, pork balls, lamb balls, and a pile of different vegetables. Everything came out quickly, was very fresh and delicious.
They have arranged for free parking across the street in the evenings. Over all, I am thrilled that they opened up. I won't have to travel far for my fix of hot pot any more. They also have a full menu of Szechuan dishes. We saw some of them coming out of the kitchen and they looked great. We will be going back to try some of that too. Or, they offer delivery so it's on the list for one evening next week.
Definitely give it a try. I'd like to see it succeed. It's in a spot that previously held a variety of nasty pizza and take out Chinese places.
They have a web site with some pictures of the place, and the menu/hours.
Little Panda Hot Pot
25 Copeland St, Quincy, MA 02169