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Hunan Gourmet Restaurant Review: Hunan Gourmet's owner comes from Thai parentage, and after decades in the Chinese restaurant business with a partner, he split off to do his own thing. That includes introducing high-style Thai dishes to his brightly decorated, white tablecloth operations where the servers wear formal dress. Yes, they offer the standard matrix of Chinese-American dishes; but no, they have not succumbed to the all-you-can-eat buffet scenario. The Hunan restaurants have long been known for their Chinese regional offerings (Hunan, Szechwan, Mandarin and Cantonese) and Thai specialties. From among the former, you'll have trouble getting beyond such appetizers as the bon-bon chicken (coarsely ground with chili peppers and served in lettuce wraps) and the sweet and sour cabbage that's also flavorful with enough chili to make a kimchi-loving Korean jealous. The Thai highlights are the curry dishes---green, yellow and red (as in the Panang chicken)---not because of inherently superior recipes but because of the excellence in the preparation of the curries on-site, from scratch: They have a depth of flavor that shows just how world-class Thai cuisine can be. The foods are backed by a wine list that goes beyond the usual Oriental restaurant clichés, with below-average prices to boot.