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May 9, 2007 12:12 PM

Yin Yankee in Bethesda - anyone been?

Anyone been to the Yin Yankee in Bethesda yet? Or to the one in Annaoplis? Worth a visit?

I have never heard of it and not sure if it's a chain or mini-chain, but am always looking for something new.

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  1. I have been to the one in Annapolis it is very good. I don't know that it is a chain I thought it was Annapolis only, but I could be wrong.

    1. We've been to the one in Annapolis and really enjoyed it. Hubby especially liked the banana coconut dessert. My only complaint is that one time I tried carryout at lunch and they charge a carryout fee. When I questioned it, they said it was because of the containers. Huh? Was really put off by this.

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      1. re: nosey

        A carryout fee? Oh my. Rude. If they don't want to 'do' carryout, they should just say they don't do carryout...

      2. We've been to the Annapolis location, and were REALLY surprised how much we liked it. Bethesda is the second location for the owners, I believe. Looking forward to trying it.

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        1. I haven't been, but I passed it the other day and wondered what people thought. That's a tough location for restaurants -- it's been a half dozen different things in the time I've worked in Bethesda.

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          1. re: Chocolatechipkt

            Went for lunch yesterday, and I have to say, I was kind of disappointed. First of all, the waiter was so OVERLY eager and attentive. He kept coming up to our table and asking us how we were doing just about every 5 minutes. Oy. I got a special they had which had 4 small things on it....some Shumai (with duck), which were really dried out and tasteless, some soup (Brazillian Tomato with Shrimp and Coconut milk), which tasted like a thick, spicy tomato sauce with a HORRIBLE overcooked shrimp, some sort of crab "roll", which I cannot describe...not bad, but nothing special, either, and a mango slaw, which I liked. Husband had a sushi platter, which I thought was good and fresh. (Not as good as Raku, though) Friend had a vegetarian udon noodle dish with veggies and peanut sauce. It was just ok. BUMMER!

            I would give it another shot, but I am quite unimpressed!!!

            1. re: stacylyn

              I didn't see this until after I posted my reply below. We had the crab 'roll' too and thought it was ok. The orange sauce they put on it was too thick and covered the taste of alll the fresh herbs in the roll though. I agree - bummer. You're right - Raku is a better lunch choice for sure.

          2. My wife and I went last night for dinner. I don't think I need to go back anytime soon. It may just be that it's not my kind of place though .. It was definitely loud and reminded me a bit of Tara Thai as far as the general look and feel. The server was great. The hostess tried to seat us right next to a table with a lone diner rather than picking any of the other 20 open tables. We moved ourselves. The food was fine - but the sauces were very heavy and applied liberally. Maybe it is a good lunch spot - though pricey for lunch.

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            1. Any new reports on this place?

              1. re: nickdanger

                What timing. I was at a function the other day w/ some other foodies and somehow Yin Yankee came up. I think the jist of the conversation was that we're getting tired of what Bethesda has to offer and we're hoping something new and unique comes along. Those in the group that tried Yin Yankee basically said it still hasn't gotten it right. Overly eager servers and mall food court level food. I've not been back since the first time I tried it so this is based on what some foodies who recently visited had to say.

                1. re: chevychasemdguy

                  Thanks for the update. Seems consistent with your last post a month ago. I agree with the Bethesda angst. I generally avoid due to offerings and parking issues. However, I do partake of $5 burgers on Tuesday night at the last remaining "real" bar in Bethesda, the Barking Dog on Elm.

                  1. re: katemd

                    Hanger steak was excellent and the portion enough but not huge; sushi OK, wine too expensive, service unctuous and cloying. I almost had to explain that I know the difefrence between sushi and sashimi. Very nice design and I'd try it again, maybe as part of a progressive evening in Bethesda.

                    1. re: jkosnett

                      I agree with all you said, but would not go back. Why bother? Had gritty mussels, crab chop, cali roll, small hangar, fair udon, cheapest wine possible, and a chocolate dessert, with vanila ice cream "matzo balls" (ice cream rolled in coconut, I think), that was the only noteable item. Our meal was over-priced and not really fun or chow worthy. Yin Yankee -- listen or go home.

                2. re: nickdanger

                  The Bethesda location closed after being open only for a few months. The space is empty and has been for awhile.

                  1. re: foodiesf

                    What genre of food are we talking about?

                    1. re: beauxgoris

                      Yin Yankee in Bethesda was this interesting combination of noodle house, sushi bar, and disco (with DJ booth). The interior looked something like being in an underwater aquariaum a la Sponge Bob. Apparently their Annapolis location is good and doing well. But the Bethesda location is closed and has been for awhile.