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Sumiao Hunan Kitchen

East Cambridge, Massachusetts

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26 December 2019

Amazing food and great ambiance ... Would most definitely recommend it.

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21 December 2019

One of the best asian food I had in Boston, very nice design and easy to get there

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23 November 2019

Love this place great dishes and great service. Love the spicy okra never had anything quite like it

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20 November 2019

Authentic dishes and great service. The service is much better compared to most restaurants in Chinatown. The seasonal menu is great, too. My favorite dishes are: hot kiss (beef tongue), yellow river beef and duck yolk shrimp. More...

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20 November 2019

Amazing place, food and people. Our waiter Vert was very funny and gentle. Thank you so much for such a lovely night!

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13 November 2019

Wow. It's fuffy high end Chinese, with a price to match. But it's DARN GOOD fuffy high end Chinese. (Think: $25 for lunch with tax/tip). I lived in Northern California for many years, and I know good Chinese is like. The food here is terrific. Some of the very best Chinese I've had in my years in Massachusetts (not a high bar, I know).Recommended! More...

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13 November 2019

Shrimp fried rice and beef with pepper was good!

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6 November 2019

Sumaio offers a refreshing modern take on Chinese cuisine. Can't miss favorites are Grandma's Pork, Lava Fish and Hunan Street Noodles, to name just a few. The waitress Bernadette and Johnny the bartender deserve special recognition for making dining at Sumaio truly a pleasure. More...

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6 November 2019

Love it!! I will be back!

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30 October 2019

Refreshingly different Chinese restaurant offering dishes from the Hunan region. Ranges from numbingly, but not painfully, spicy protein-rich dishes to balanced vegetarian options, and cooling drinks and cocktails that can aptly extinguish the fiery dishes on the menu.

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27 October 2019

The Chinese food here is amazing! If it's slightly cheaper than now, i will be here every day.

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7 October 2019

Amazing food and even better service from our waitress (Laura) who was brilliant.Will definitely be visiting again next time I'm in town.

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25 September 2019

A little pricey but good Chinese food.

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23 September 2019

Modern delicate Chinese dishes

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21 September 2019

Amazing, apparently authentic food, really really delicious! And fantastic drinks! Highly recommended

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14 September 2019

This place was fantastic. The person who greeted us was very friendly, and everyone was super great to my little one. The food was very spicy, though we ordered everything spicy. My only complaint is it was a little expensive, but worth it for a date night! More...

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14 September 2019

I swear there's a systematic downward bias in asian restaurants. Ice cream shops and french restaurants are auto-5star. Shu Miao is surprisingly authentic with a gorgeous interior. This is an upscale Chinese restaurant that's clean and well executed. More...

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7 September 2019

Epic authentic food, I want to try every dish here

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26 August 2019

Good tasting food with fresh ingredient! Great service!

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22 August 2019

Extremely delicious Hunan cuisine. Compared to other Hunan cuisine in the area, this one is better, faster, cleaner and enjoyable.

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22 August 2019

Went there 4 times in 5 days, because it is that good.

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19 August 2019

Delicious authentic cuisine!

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15 August 2019

Great lunch spot. I've gone twice now and had a great meal and great service on both occasions. I expect this to work it's way into my regular lunch rotation. I'll definitely be visiting again.

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15 August 2019

Love the food and aesthetic.

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15 August 2019

Spicy modern Chinese food. Pricey, but worth the price of admission.

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8 August 2019

Food has always been great and staff is attentive to provide great service

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8 August 2019

After hearing various reviews about this place for a long time, I finally got a chance to try it myself. The first impression of the atmosphere was more chic and upscale than I expected. When looking through the menu, some items immediately jumped out as things I would order and eat in Changsha which set the expectations high for authenticity. We ordered a good mix of Hunan dishes and general Chinese dishes and a few cocktails. First off, the baijiu cocktails were amazing and I've never thought you could mix them in cocktails so nicely but I really enjoyed them. The baijiu taste is pretty strong and not for everyone, but if you're a fan of baijiu like me, I'd highly recommend them, especially the Pyroclastic one (can't remember exact name).As for the food, I'm torn because the quality was all very good, but I still don't feel liked they tasted like Hunan dishes (though I did look up the restaurant again and I notice they claim to have modernized the flavors so it's understandable it doesn't taste traditional). In this aspect I'm a little disappointed, but the quality of the dishes were all excellent. I especially loved the stone pot cauliflower and the eel pot also. The tang you ba ba (gelatinous rice dessert) was also not quite the right flavor, but maaaybe my expectations were too high, might still be worth trying if you've never had though. I was hoping to finally have an authentic tasting Hunan restaurant, and while I feel that this isn't it, the food was still quite good and I'm definitely interested in trying some other things on the menu. Although another thing to watch out for is that the pricepoint was also way higher than I expected! More...

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1 August 2019

Tasty food, if you like spicy

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29 July 2019

Best Chinese restaurant in Boston... I have no idea why it's not a 4.8!

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29 July 2019

Lunch is not that pricy, good spicy food.

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29 July 2019

Nice rice noodles

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29 July 2019

Delicious and elevated experience of Hunan chinese food in Cambridge.

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29 July 2019

Absolutely delicious plates, nice to mix and match. The spicy fried tofu was very intense but rich and satisfying. The scallion pancakes were some of the best and softest I've seen. Would go again.

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29 July 2019

The food is outstanding! Some of the best General Tso chicken I ever had. Also, The Steamed Pork Bao and Hunan Street Noodles were also very good. The service was the best. We will visit again before leaving. More...

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29 July 2019

Food is Delicious!

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29 July 2019

Reviewing high end Asian restaurants as a Chinese-American person is always tricky. How tasty is it? Is it tastier than Asian restaurants of similar cuisine? And if it's not tastier, then how much weight do you give to decor and service to justify its price point? There’s a feeling that Asian food (not including Japanese food here) should be cheap and tasty, and that some of its tastiness DERIVES from its affordability. But I believe that’s a dangerous construct, one that perpetuates the racism against minorities and upholds the idea that non-Western cuisine can’t be fancy, can’t be philosophical, can’t be expensive.Sumiao has an absolutely gorgeous interior: a riot of colors amidst an exposed ceiling and industrial-looking furniture. A long bar circles the restaurant; there is great contrast between the curved wooden high-tops and the more geometric square low-top tables. Service is mostly prompt and friendly; we ordered within 3-5 minutes of sitting down and got our food shortly thereafter.Was the food good? Sure. Was it the best Chinese food in the area? Maybe the best Hunan food, but definitely not the best Chinese food. The salted duck egg yolk corn was tasty ($18), although wasn’t quite as crispy as I would have liked and skewed sweet in my opinion. The sesame noodles ($12) were a bit oily but the noodles themselves had great mouthfeel. The mountain yam ($18) was my favorite: spicy, crunchy, a little gooey, with nice chunks of pork belly and garlic. The Hunan ½ duck ($36) was a little unwieldy and I wish there had been a crisp element (green onions or cucumbers for the soft buns) but the duck itself was cooked well, with great crispy skin and not too much fat. (Side note: like a good Asian, prior to the waiter coming to box up our leftovers I separated all the meat and skin from the fat and bones…but when they boxed it they threw away the skin! I was so sad.)Finally, how innovative is it? In many ways, innovation in Asian food is just not as much of a thing, perhaps because there’s so much local pride. Moreover, mixing flavors from Sichuan and Hunan and Shaanxi could be very innovative but for American audiences, it's all just "Chinese” – it doesn’t push the envelope in the same way as, say, a southern-style Dungeness crab & grits “pushes the envelope.” Sometimes, it feels like the only way to innovate in Asian food is to combine with Western cuisines (think Pagu or Little Donkey) and then you run the risk of being branded with the dubious term “fusion.” So Sumiao isn’t…innovative, exactly, except for maybe on their tropical / rice-wine inspired drink menu. But they offer up some dishes I truly haven’t seen outside China (osmanthus cakes, yam bao with lotus paste filling) and that I appreciate.Tl;rd: 4 stars. We spent $120 after tax and tip for 2 people: 1 drink, 4 dishes, with a good amount of leftovers. Service is great. Ambiance is fun. Pretty tasty. Value is decent. More...

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29 July 2019

I love it!!!!! Incredible food, very authentic, love the atmosphere here! Recommend Beef Tongue!

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29 July 2019

Chicken gizzards and five sense braised beef are really goodBut the braise pork is below average and not authentic

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29 June 2019

Tasty and good food. Very pleasantly surprised.

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29 June 2019

Amazing food. The best Chinese I've ever had.

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29 June 2019

Authentic Chinese food, super delicious and spicy. Bamboo shot is a must have.

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29 June 2019

They can turn most of the vegetable dishes into vegan ones. Quite spicy. Particularly liked the pumpkin desert.

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29 June 2019

Loved the food and the environment

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29 June 2019

Price is high but these dishes generally worth it. Really spicy which is a good thing for Chinese.

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29 June 2019

Very good Chinese restaurant with nice decor. The water egg is delicious!- and they’ve removed the egg and changed the menu for the worse since my original review. One star removed.

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29 June 2019

Great Hunan food! Happy with most dishes except for the dessert.

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29 June 2019

very good.

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