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  • Louise Feb 4, 2002 01:43 PM
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I've been invited to dinner at Mei Wah on New Hampshire Ave. between 21st and 22nd and don't know a think about it. Is it any good? Any dishes I should be sure to order, or avoid?
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    Geoff Laredo

    I've been there several times since they've opened, most recently last week. My experience, both in the restaurant and with take-out, has been very good.

    Szechuan stringbeans and a nice stir-fried beef were particularly good recently.

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    1. re: Geoff Laredo

      My office gets takeout from there for special lunches and it is always reliable and good. Nothing amazing but quite good. I also recall enjoying the string beans.

      1. re: TerriS

        This place is right around the corner from my office. Good food, not too pricey given its location. Good service and the owner is on the premises during operating hours. Always a good sign...

        If you get there early, go around to the take-out entrance and they have the reviews that have been published on display, including ones that had some negative comments.

        I happen to love Kung-Pao chicken and theirs ranks with the best I have had in DC and the surrounding burbs. I have not strayed away from the chicken items on the menu, so I cannot comment on a vast array of the dishes.

        Go and enjoy your meal, and let us know what YOU think...

        I happen to love Kung-Pao chicken, and theirs ranks with the best I have had in DC and the surronding burbs. I have not strayed away from the chicken items on the menue, so I cannot comment on a vast array of the dishes.

        Go and enjoy your meal, and let us know what YOU think...

    2. I have gotten takeout from there several times and it's pretty tasty. It is definitely better than your average chinese restaurant. I believe the former owner of City Lights opened Meiweh.

      1. Thanks for the tips. I went last night. The Szichuan string beans were outstanding. The two other dishes we ordered weren't quite so good. Chicken with black bean sauce was OK, nicely cooked chicken, but the vegetables were uninteresting (but not overcooked) and there was barely a black bean in the sauce. The third dish was very odd to my taste, shrimp in tomato sauce. The shrimp was nice and plump and cooked just to doneness. But the sauce was a bizarre sweet and sour affair. To be fair, I'm generally not a fan of tomato-based sauces even in cuisines where I expect to see them. And the two others at the table thought the dish was delicious. All in all, it was a pleasant meal, but the food was a letdown after two recent meals at Full Kee (their clams with black bean sauce are dreamy) and another at City Lights (to which I had not been in years, but where a big bowl of noodle soup with seafood and a plate of noodles with a spicy minced pork sauce were both quite good).