HUNAN ANNAPOLIS8151 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena Plaza.Open Monday-Thursday...



8151 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena Plaza.

Open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Call 544-5606.

When you enter Hunan Annapolis, you suspect right away that the place is aiming upscale. The waiters are in tuxedos and the tables are in linen. The sauces confirm it. My chicken %J Marlboro ($5.70 for lunch, $7.70 dinner) was chicken with with snow peas and water chestnuts "in chef's special white wine sauce."

Lamb Marcopolo ($6.70-$8.70) was thinly sliced lamb "sauteed with exotic peppers in a rich brown sauce." Sweet and sour chicken ($5.70-$7.70) is billed as prepared in "Ming Dynasty's classic sweet and sour sauce." As Chinese restaurants go, that seems to be a lot of attention devoted to sauces. Both were delicate and very good, if maybe a bit too delicate. The hot and spicy dishes are advertised as "mildly" hot and spicy.

Spring rolls (two for $2) were crispy and also quite good. Other appetizers are marinated Chinese cabbage, honeyed walnuts, dimpled dumplings, sweet and sour spareribs and shrimp toast, all $3.25 to $4. Lunch and dinner entrees go from $4 (lunch) and $5 (dinner) for pork or chicken fried rice and top out at $18.95 for jade lobster and include the usual categories of vegetable, fowl, pork, beef, lamb and seafood.

Carryout dishes are nicely packaged in aluminum containers that keep the food hotter than the usual carryout cardboard.

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