Peter Chang opened his second location in the greater Richmond area today, Peter Chang Richmond Downtown (the original local location is in Short Pump at 11424 West Broad Street.) I was lucky enough to attend the soft opening for his Scott’s Addition location in the historic Hofheimer Building (2816 W Broad Street,) last night. Like his West End and Northern Virginia Locations, Peter Chang’s newest spot serves up his typical Szechuan cuisine to loyal followers or “Changians.”
While the outside façade of the restaurant may not look like much-- I assure you that once inside, it's quite stunning. Upon entering, executive chef, owner and the company’s namesake, Peter Chang’s accolades are on display, if you need to be reminded should you proceed. The 3,000 sq. ft. space, designed by Vera Xu, combines the industrial design and taste of Scott’s Addition, with the traditional Chinese culture and flare of Chef Chang. The entire length of the wall in the dining room features a beautiful red and gold mural. The mural reminds diners the space isn’t simply a place to drink or eat, it is a place to enjoy a cultural experience unlike other dining locations in the city. Paper lanterns hang from the ceiling and even the artwork in the bathroom ties into the décor of the restaurant. The industrial skeleton of the restaurant allows Chang to blend into the neighborhood, and Xu’s use of red and gold bring out the Chinese influences to enhance the entire experience from the moment you walk in.
Much of the menu features items for snacking or what Chang calls, ‘Dim Sum,’ and appetizers, of which I got to try several.
Peter Chang’s Richmond Downtown also features a full bar with a small selection of craft beers on draft, a larger selection of craft and Chinese bottled & canned beers, wine list and a specialty mixed drink menu too. We opted for the Funky Lychee Cooler, Wuhan Mule, and Ancient Mariner from the mixed drink menu to pair with our food. All three were delicious and innovative and although they cost between $8.00 and $10.00 we felt it was worth it.
Overall, I am very excited to have this restaurant join Richmond City proper. I can see this restaurant being an excellent place to go to for happy hour, for a night out with friends or for a drink after work. For people who are adventurous eaters, I would definitely put Chang’s restaurant on the top of your list of eateries to try this summer. The perfect place to begin your night on the town. Order some appetizers, drinks, and split a main dish, and voila! The perfect night out.
I'd also recommend this for a good first-date place; lots of good conversation starters. While it got pretty noisey during the meal, if you seat yourself in a corner, away from the kitchen, you could make it work--the food is definitely worth it! Too noisy? Order it to-go!
Chang’s restaurant is a wonderful addition to Scott’s Addition and I cannot wait to go back with friends. Are you eating at Peter Chang Richmond Downtown this week? Tag @CuisineByKB in your photos and let me know your thoughts on the experience!