Han Dynasty looks ordinary. It’s an unassuming restaurant in a strip mall in Exton, with beef-and-broccoli on the menu. Behind the facade, however, is a treasure trove of authentic Chinese cooking and a friendly staff happy to guide anyone through the menu. The chef specializes in spicy Szechuan — lamb with cumin, Dan Dan Mien noodles — but also offers milder Taiwanese favorites, such as lion’s head meatballs and three cup chicken.
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User Reviews (10) :
We visited this restaurant on Friday night, and it was the worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant.
We took our father for Father's Day two years ago, and wound up leaving because our food hadn't come out after 45 minutes of waiting. But we decided to give it another try.
We were seated, and there were only several tables full when we arrived. We ordered an appetizer, and our entrees, and the appetizer came pretty quickly. We waited for a half an hour after we finished our appetizer, and then asked the woman who was running the restaurant if everything was ok. She told us we'd need to wait longer, with no apology or explanation. We waited an additional 15 minutes, and then I told her we had to leave. She told us to hold on to see if she could cancel our order, and walked back to the kitchen. A server brought our food out, asked if we wanted it, and I asked where the other two entrees were- if they were all ready, I told him we would take them to go. He said only one of three was ready. I said no, we don't want it.
The woman came back out, and I told her we'd like to pay for our appetizer. She told me that we didn't have to. I thanked her, and as we were walking out, she said "I just can't believe that the food is ready and you don't want it". I turned around and told her that a third of our food was ready, so no, I didn't want it, and reminded her that we'd been waiting for close to an hour now. She said it had only been twenty minutes, and I again told her, no, it's been close to an hour. She told us to just go, so we began walking out again, and she said "And don't come back".
I assured her we won't.
Posted by Crystal: Sep. September 26th, 2011 at 10:27 AM
After a great authentic start Han Dynasty has lost us as regular patrons. The take out order was wrong(again) with substitute dishes and substituted ingredients. They were out of green beans at 7pm on a Saturday. The food tasted like diner Chinese for Americans.And as usual they were unwilling to do anything about it.We paid for food that would have been rejected in the restaurant. Next....
Posted by Karen: Feb. February 2nd, 2010 at 2:16 PM
Ordered the Imperial Soup which was $17 by the way. Bland, overloaded with fake crab legs. Very disappointed after all the hype.
Posted by julie: Jan. January 29th, 2010 at 12:36 PM
We discovered Han Dynasty in Exton the week it opened and have been "regulars" ever since. We were thrilled when Phila magazine and Main Line Magazine recognized this Chester County gem. Han and his family were always in attendance, chatting and giving advice for new "traditional" Chinese menu items to try!But, we had a very disappointing dinner there last night! To start, the two soups we ordered were not hot. The sweet and sour soup was cold - barely room temperature. We flagged down the waiter and then waited five minutes for a replacement. The General Tso Chicken was rubbery, hard and dry, with a gloppy burnt-tasting sauce. We left it uneaten. One member of our party ordered string beans - at about $9 very expensive. They were cold - not even slightly warm. By then, the place was filling up so we did not bother to ask to heat them up. The dry pot and hunan chicken were fine. The service was nonexistant. We were the first to arrive - the restaurant was empty. But, once we were served, the waiter never came back to check up on us. We went and got our own chopsticks. We had to divvy up the waters and all four glasses were empty when we finished. Not filling water glasses is unacceptable when serving spicy food! Han and his family were not around. I asked if the restaurant had a new owner, since the menu was new. It now lists "Americanized" dishes, which was a new term for me. They assured me that Han was still the owner, but that he spent all his time at the Royersford restaurant. The lady said, "He won't be back here." Well, neither will we!
Posted by Jan: Aug. August 21st, 2009 at 8:17 AM
If you want authentic Chinese Szechuan regional cuisine, the Han Dynasty is the best in Philly and surrounding areas. It's way better than most so called Chinese restaurants in China Town. You've got to try the dishes from the "Authentic Chinese" section of the menu. They may shock some of the dinners who are used to the lame Chinese take out food. Some dishes are fiery HOT. I love the food there. You may not like them. But at least they're the real deal, not washed out Americanized fake "Chinese" food.
Posted by Kevin: Jun. June 22nd, 2009 at 2:27 PM
My husband and I tried to get in to the Royersford location on the weekends but it was packed, with a line waiting to get in. We came back mid-week and were not disappointed. I like spicy, flavorful food and appreciated the suggestion to tame down my lamb hot pot from a 10 to a 5 on the hotness scale. I could have gone much hotter, but it was nice to get a little tingle and savor the flavors while I got a good idea of their heat intensity levels. Everything was delicious and I look forward to our next mid-week visit.
Posted by Christyn: Mar. March 27th, 2009 at 1:50 PM
This is by far one of the best Sezhuan/Sichuan restaurants I have been to...even many places in Chinatown in downtown Philly cannot compete! The have some typical entrees you'd find at a Chinese restaurant (think pork fried rice, etc), but they also have more authentic foods of Taiwan and Sichuan. And, the price is right too. Writing this review has got my mouth watering.
Posted by J: Aug. August 19th, 2008 at 9:55 PM
love the restaurant but somehow the computer transposed questions ie. would you go back?would you go on special occasion? from yes to all questions to no. We definitely would -"yes"
Posted by richard: Feb. February 7th, 2008 at 2:47 PM
6 months ago we found a new asian restaurant in Exton. Our family's choice of ethnic is asian first. What a surprise to find a non typical suburban chinese with not only excellent american but also gourmet authentic southeast asian specialties especially Taiwanese. Han and his family are very accomodating and friendly. Newcomers can be adventurous with full staff help as well as eating excellent american chinese food. There must be something special about a suburban restaurant where at least half of the patrons are asian and the restaurant is crowded all the time
Posted by richard: Feb. February 7th, 2008 at 2:43 PM
We love Han Dynasty. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed. Service is attentive. The food is deliciious. The menu is extensive, with a wide variety of meats, fish, seafood as well as many vegetarian choices. There are also authentic Chinese dishes on the last few pages of the menu. The wait staff is very willing to give information or advice on unfamiliar dishes. They also cook to order, using only the freshest ingredients, so any dish can be modified to your taste. The food at Han Dynasty is not fatty or starchy. The sauces are light and flavorful. We go to Han Dynasty almost every week and keep finding new favorites. I highly recommend Han Dynasty for Chinese food.
Posted by Jan: Feb. February 1st, 2008 at 7:24 PM