Went for the first time yesterday with my family. We went knowing next to nothing other than there was a no menu policy and the cookbook is a good read.
It's not a huge restaurant but it's simple and clean, and being sat next to the window at lunch was lovely as even on an overcast day it was plenty bright. Staff were very helpful. The only thing I'd say that is really worth taking into consideration here is that even if you tell the staff what foods you don't like/can't eat it won't necessarily mean that you'll like the food. I found it great, but a couple of dishes weren't as popular with the people I was with. I don't drink so I can't say much on the wine selection but the teas they have were lovely.
Summarily, it's great if you want to go somewhere for a quiet, stress free meal. The removal of choice leaves you with this odd sense of anticipation for the next dish that'll be brought out. And even with the number of dishes, the smallish portions mean that you're unlikely to overindulge too early in the meal.
I'm likely to go back, maybe for dinner or another lunch when the opportunity arises.
This restaurant does not have a menu. The chef comes over to your table and asks "WHAT YOU WANT" :) It little scary but I guess it is part of the restaurants trademark. You are being asked in detail about what you don't like and how spicy you want your food to be. When I first went there I said medium and for my taste it was still to spicy. Last night I said "mild to medium" and it was perfect except for the chilli beef, which is supposed to be spicy but it was really good.
I can say that I enjoyed every dish they have served, it is a big difference to what you normally get in standard chinese restaurants (e.g. Royal China or Ken Lo's memories). Hunan's food indeed qualifies for a finer cuisine. The wine list is quite long and my Riesling from Germany was a perfect match with the food.
Service is the downside of this place. Although everybody is friendly, some of the waitresses hardly speak English and do not know what they are serving. Last night when we asked what the dish was she said it is a carrot cake (huh?) which turned out to be very tasty fish. They also are not paying much attention to take away empty dishes and at times we had up to 3 plates from previous tapas on our table.
Although Hunan is not cheap at all, I still say that the food is worth the money. I would not book it for a romantic dinner or a special occasion but definitely when I just want to go and enjoy some good food.
Visited November 2012
This is a truly fantastic restaurant. Hidden and virtually unknown except by word of mouth. I was delighted to know that the restaurant would provide a vegan tasting menu at lunch and dinner. The restaurant will kindly cater for all allergies and food intolerances. Social distancing is well maintained. The staff are professional and their service is impeccable. I truly enjoyed this exquisite restaurant. The presentation of each dish is excellent. The pictures cannot give it justice. I congratulate the chefs. Thank you for providing such a wonderful culinary experience.
Eating at Hunan is an experience like no other. We had 18 courses over the 3 hours we were there for dinner and it flew by. It's paced perfectly so you don't feel like you have to roll home! The staff are attentive and friendly and the wine list caters for all tastes. Every dish was excellent but the stand out dish was the soup and lamb. I'd recommend a visit to anyone.