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Hot Pan: good but not great

By Grace Summers

Looking for some dan dan noodles, dumplings, or pan fried vegetables? Hot Pan provides authentic Chinese food right in downtown Batavia.

While being in a small town like Batavia, Hot Pan adequately suites our quaint town. Hot Pan is nothing extraordinary but meets the quota.

Although Hot Pan allows a quick, easy take-out option the restaurant is also an option as you enjoy the Asian influenced setting inside while dining. On Monday around 4:30 pm, the restaurant was completely silent without any background music and the restaurant had no other customers. Hot Pan was dimly lite with a few hanging metal lanterns and had an odd musky and wet smell. With only one person serving and attending the restaurant, the food arrived in a timely manner. We ordered beef dumplings and chicken lo mein. Splitting both dishes between two people, the portions were filling. A flavorful sesame seed sauce complimented the dumplings nicely while the lo mein had a ginger and peanut sauce. Our meal was a little overpriced ending up being a total of $17.81, with tax.

In general, Hot Pan is a good place to sit down and enjoy some authentic Asian food but is simply that: just good, nothing more.

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