Nashville Scene has a review of Sichuan Hot Pot & Asian Cuisine (蜀香园), which opened a couple of years ago but has steadily become one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in town:
But possibly the most adorably fun restaurant on the block is Sichuan Hot Pot & Asian Cuisine. It’s been open for about a year, but it’s taken me a while to discover it for myself, after hearing about it for months from enthusiastic customers. I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical at first. A glance into the interior reveals a sprawling space with flashy decor that includes glittering lights, a gigantic fountain and a fancy gazebo-looking structure where larger parties can enjoy group dining. All of that is fine, but in Nashville, that kind of visual pizzazz is often associated with the disappointing super-buffet version of Chinese cuisine (emphasizing quantity over quality) that dominated our dining scene for so many years.
Happily, it turns out Sichuan Hot Pot couldn’t be further from that. Hot-pot cooking, as executed here, is all about fresh ingredients that you cook up yourself in a savory broth, resulting not only in a delicious bowl of goodness, but also a social occasion, with dining turned into a diverting activity.