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"Oriental Regency" Chinese Restaurant in Tysons Corner went out of business

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OaktonWhitney Apr 22, 2008 06:22 PM

anybody knows why "Oriental Regency" Chinese Restaurant in
Tysons Corner went out of business?(behind HBL Mercedes/SmartCar)

My friends and I were hungry for Chinese food... so we went there
tonight and found the restaurant to be vacant... (but the signs are
still there) All the chairs, tables, carpeting, etc... were GONE...

The "Closed" sign in on the front door, but no notes explaining what
had happened....

oh well....

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    Ericandblueboy Apr 22, 2008 08:31 PM

    Because the food and service were both terrible. The food's not authentic enough for the Chinese and too expensive for the take-out crowd that sustains Chinese-American restaurants.

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      MikeR Apr 23, 2008 04:19 AM

      It's rare that we ever know precisely why a restaurant closes suddenly. Oriental Regency used to be quite good several years back, but it changed hands and rather quickly became very mediocre. After not eating there for at least two years after the change, I tried it again a couple of months ago one Sunday evening when Shamshiry was full, and it was still disappointing.

      In that area, I still like Hunan Lion (in the Toilet Bowl building) and East Chateau in the shopping center with the Vienna Magruder's is decent.

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        FoodieGrrl Apr 23, 2008 05:14 AM

        I've always been curious about Hunan Lion. What specifically do you recommend, if I may ask?

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          Ericandblueboy Apr 23, 2008 07:27 AM

          I've only tried Hunan Lion once. It's not authentic so I never went back.

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            MikeR Apr 24, 2008 03:25 AM

            I don't worry about "authentic" when I go to a restaurant, I just like tasty food. I don't go to Hunan Lion often enough to remember anything in particular, but I don't remember ordering anything I can't eat shrimp, so that cuts out about 1/3 of the menu, but I've ordered twice cooked pork often enough to remember that I like the way they've done it. Don't interpret this as "this is the place go for twice cooked pork in Northern Virginia."

            I think it's been six months since I've been there so who know what they're like today. But it's a pretty place, the service has always been good, and the food has never been bad. Thta's good enough for me.

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            Wangus Apr 23, 2008 05:37 AM

            I'm from Baltimore, but Vienna's a place I go to frequently for both business and family reasons. I always wondered if a lot of people called it 'the Toilet Bowl building' or if it was just a thing I named it when I was a kid because it definitely looks like a toilet bowl.

            Anyway, MikeR is absolutely correct. Several (maybe even 8+) years ago Oriental Regency could have been considered one of the top places to eat. They made a Peking duck that was fantastic and had solid dishes to back up their main duck allure. But then it changed hands in a very abrupt and fairly unexplained (at least to me at the time) manner, and it's been all downhill from there. I've visited it twice since the management change (someone even told me that they changed hands again after the first time) and it was all extremely mediocre.

            I can't say I'm sad to see it go. Though it was fun while it lasted.

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              keithlb1 Apr 23, 2008 08:32 AM

              Wow, I used to work at Da Domenico's in Tysons and that was my source for Chinese food although it's been a while since I last went there.
              I remember in the late 80's early 90's they had great Duck.
              I think it was more of a carry out place in the recent years.
              I never really cared for Hunan Lion to much. Overrated and over priced IMO.

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                chowser Apr 24, 2008 11:44 AM

                I haven't been in a long time, either, but we used to go for the Peking Duck, too, which was excellent. This must have been 10 years ago now.

            2. Gonzocook Apr 23, 2008 06:41 PM

              Maybe I'm misremembering, but I believe that some of the staff from Oriental Regency were involved in setting up Oriental Gourmet on Lee Hwy at Harrison St. in Arlington.

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                OaktonWhitney Apr 24, 2008 09:29 AM

                I don't know if anybody's aware of this or not,
                but Oriental Regency has been a Korean-
                owned restaruant for the last 2 to 3 years.
                (owners were Koreans who spoke absolutely
                no Chinese)

                The cooks and waiters are still Chinese. My
                friend who spoke Chinese told me that many
                are "undocumented" so it's possible that the
                Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE)
                raided the place? (just like when ICE raided
                a Korean business inside Springfield Mall this
                months and shut down its doors for good)

                Are there other Chinese restaurants in the DC
                area that are not actually Chinese? (i.e. owned
                and operated by non-Chinese-speaking folks?)

                1. Meg Apr 24, 2008 11:19 AM

                  We recently discovered Wu's Garden next door to Bonaratti's in Vienna. It was one of those places that I drove by everyday and always wondered about. While it's not authentic, it's our favorite place for close to home chinese in a pinch. The service is extra friendly and I swear it's the only place with authentic chinese decor. I love it! And the food is consistently good. There's a reason it's been in business for 30+ years. It doesn't hold a candle to China Star in terms of authenticity, but they do have a great homemade vinegar based hot sauce that's terrific (you have to ask for it.)

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                    chowser Apr 24, 2008 11:47 AM

                    I don't remember seeing this and looked it up. Where on Maple is it? I don't know what Bonaratti's is. Is if closer to Tyson's than Whole Foods?

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                      OaktonWhitney Apr 24, 2008 12:28 PM

                      Where is China Star located?

                      I recently got some take-out from a small Chinese restaurant in Vienna.
                      It's next to a Japanese restaurant, near the Dunkin Donuts and Radio
                      Shack strip mall... they are very friendly and my order was ready in
                      a matter of minutes.... unfortunately, the food was so bad that I can't
                      even recall the name of the place.... :( For example, the beef was
                      almost as tough as beef jerky and the Kung Pao chicken had so much
                      sauce, I could barely see the chicken.... :(

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                        Bob W Apr 24, 2008 12:48 PM

                        China Star is in Fairfax, 236 @ Pickett Road. To the best of my knowledge, it was the first stop on the Chef Peter Chang Northern Virginia Victory Tour.

                        Even after he left, the food quality stayed at a pretty high level. If you like things hot, try the capsicum chicken.

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                      eatlotsfood Apr 24, 2008 01:25 PM

                      To all those looking for Chinese in the Tyson's corner area -

                      Wu's Garden in Vienna, off 123. My family has been going to this restaurant for almost 20 years. It is the real deal. The decor and lighting might be from 1969 but the food is top rate.

                      These guys have been cooking here forever, their kids are no going into the biz, they are afraid that their traditional cooking is just going to go away.

                      This fate is inevitable. Go there before it happens. This is as real Chinese food that you will find in DC.

                      **It is across the street from the Exxon with all the construction in front**

                      Get the bonless brasied chicken and the Ma po tofu. Best that I have ever had.

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