This place reminds me of Henry's Hunan in Downtown San Francisco in so many ways:
-My co-workers love it.
-Hunan Taste is an offshoot of Henry Chung's original Hunan Restaurant on Kearny in SF (but not Henry's Hunan?).
-Converts at both are addicted to the Meat Pie, Smoked Ham, and Dumplings.
The place looks super run down from the front. I don't mind - it usually means the food is cheaper. Inside you can see photos of celebrities who've eaten here like Maroon 5. My co-workers raved about this place to me, and said the Meat Pie, Smoked Ham, and Chicken with String Beans were must orders. Since my husband doesn't eat pork, we only ordered one of those dishes (guess which), plus the Curry Vegetables.
I like my chicken meat like I like my milk. White. Hunan Taste only uses breast meat (at least for most dishes). The Chicken with String Beans ($9.25) was covered in red chili pepper flakes. I was fine with the spiciness but it was also too salty, was too oily (chili oil), and had an odd flavor. It was the better of the two dishes. The Curry Vegetables ($8) had too much filler vegetables (cabbage, onions, bamboo shoots), and odd salty flavors.
The server was really friendly but also didn't check with us at the end of the meal, and we spent 10-15 minutes just trying to catch his eye to get the check.
If you're looking for white meat chicken (a big draw for us) there is better and cheaper food to be had in a really nice environment at Eric's in San Francisco.
998 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112