A recent trip took my mates and myself to Gainesville, Florida. As we were not familiar with the restaurant scene in this Sunshine State city, we first consulted Google Maps to see what choices we might have close to our hotel. I narrowed down a few dining options and read reviews that are bound by previous dining guests. This can often be a difficult situation as it seems that many people base their reviews on whether they are having a good or bad day or not. But when you come across a company with a few good reviews for a rental that has nothing to do with food or service, then you can feel a little confident that the restaurant is probably a good one.
So after reading a couple of positive reviews, I clicked over to Mr. He & # 39; s Restaurant and nightclub website to review the menu.
The website of this Chinese restaurant in Gainesville, Florida boasts that they have won numerous awards from local publications and local eateries. They also boast a few celebrities including George Burns, Robin Williams, Rodney Dangerfield, Bob Hope and Billy Crystal. We later discovered that Mister Han & # 39; s is near a comedy club.
The menu looked good. Prices were reasonable. The promise of exotic drinks and cocktails was exciting. The location was within walking distance. We decided to give it a shot.
The atmosphere when we entered Mister Han was lovely. The dining room was open, but the light level was dark enough to give the space a more intimate feel. There was a nice sized crowd for a Sunday night, but even with a crowded room, the volume level was low enough for us to speak at normal conversation levels.
Service was prompt, responsive and attentive throughout the evening. In fact, our servant, who also happened to be an owner, spent time with us after we finished eating and chatting about China and the trips he heads to Beijing, China and beyond. It was a nice way to wrap a meal.
The cocktail list was quite extensive and you could choose from three different levels of strength for your drinks. I joined and went with one of the strongest cocktails – "Suffering Bastard", I think it was called – and after two I was glad we only had to walk across the street to return to our hotel.
Food did not disappoint. We each tried a different main course and each of us went full and happy away. While I can't remember what my travel partners chose from the menu. I will never forget my meal. If you try Mister Han & # 39; s Chinese restaurant and enjoying beef, I highly recommend that you try "Prime Steak, Chinese Style."
Here is the description from the menu. "Prime New York sirloin, cooked as you like and served with a dark and delicious soy-based sauce. Some say this dish is just perfect, others claim it is a religious experience, but most customers just say," Come on beef. "No Chinese restaurant has ever had anything like it. Try it and you can see what we mean."
I wouldn't say it was a religious experience, but I will say I've never had any steak dinner so good at any Chinese restaurant. The cubes of beef were so tender that they melted in my mouth like butter. The sauce was a perfect match. It did not overwhelm or teach steak.
The overall experience that night at Mister Han & # 39; s Restaurant and Nightclub in Gainesville Florida was very rewarding. The atmosphere was welcoming. The food was delicious. The service was perfect. The discussion and historical education about China, its people and its history was a wonderful bonus.
The next time you're on a golf vacation, family vacation, business trip, or any other reason, you'll find yourself in Gainesville, Florida; Make sure you take the time to enjoy a meal at Mister Han.