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Jul 21, 2008 10:57 AM

Fine Dining Chinese Restaurant?

HELP! My parents have to entertain some Asian diplomats or politicians this week. They have been eating at Woo Lae Oak all week and apparently prefer Asian cuisines. We're thinking a nicer-than-normal Chinese restaurant would suffice. Friend suggested Peking Gourmet Inn?

Atmosphere and food quality are both important. I'm open to suggestions. THANKS!

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  1. Most of the good Chinese restaurants I know are not what you would call "fine dining". What about other Asian cuisines? Minh's in Clarendon is a good Vietnamese place that looks fancy but is fairly cheap. Yechon in Annandale is delicious for Korean and the decor is decent, from what I recall (only been there late night after the bar though, so my memory maybe "fuzzy"!). Also, Penang in Farragut North (or is it West...) is good for Malaysian with Chinese influences and is very nice inside.

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    1. re: elaineathon

      I was thinking the same thing. Wondered about Bangkok 54 for Thai, Hee Been for Korean. Temptasian is not fine dining (not sure the others count as that, either) but it's clean and nice - though my caveat is that I haven't been in a while.

      In Wheaton you have Good Fortune and Hollywood East. Both would represent well enough, I'd think (though again "fine dining" is a qualifier that makes me question every rec).

      1. re: elaineathon

        We like the Hunan Lion in Tyson's area (Gallows Rd & 123) for a nice dining in experience.

      2. Whenever we host Chinese guests at my office (which is fairly often), we hold a banquet at Peking Gourmet Inn, and it has always been excellent. They will wall off your own area for you using dividers (if you request it) and you can call in advance to work with the manager(s) to set up a custom banquet menu. The front area of the restaurant has a "George Bush" room (a section walled off using dividers, featuring tons of photos of George Bush (senior) and his family), as it is apparently his favorite Chinese restaurant. While this may not do much for some people, foreign guests seem to think it is fun.

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        1. re: julialimei

          The front window is bulletproof at Peking Gourmet Inn, too. ;)

          Hunan Lion is one of the prettiest "party" Chinese restaurants around, but I like the food at Peking Gourmet Inn better.

          1. re: MikeR

            "The front window is bulletproof at Peking Gourment Inn, too."

            And how exactly did you find out about this? Trial and error? ;)

            Throw in my vote for the PG Inn as well.

            1. re: Wangus

              When George Sr. was president, every couple of years, usually shortly after he had a meal there, the Washington Post would carry an article about the restaurant. Apparently he discovered the place before the bulletproof window went in, and when he decided he want to go back, the Secret Service got the window installed (probably at taxpayer's expense).

        2. This is probably the best in DC:

          Mr K's
          (202) 331-8868

          2121 K St Nw, Washington, DC 20037

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            1. re: cheesepowder

              Good riddance! In latter years, the place was an absolute disgrace.

          1. Crystal Thai on Rte 50 in Arlington always had a lovely dining room and good food. I haven't been for a year, though, so more recent opinions can chime in.

            Oh, and upstairs at Duangrat's. On Saturday nights, they sometimes have traditional thai dance as well.

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            1. re: weezycom


              We love Duangrats, but schedules have made it hard for me to make the drive, hence I'm looking for another Thai for when we can't make it to Duang's. On food and service, compared to Duangrats how is Crystal, or Thai Luang?


            2. Since you're asking about Chinese restaurants, and not Korean or Vietnamese or Malay...I will skip those cuisines.

              I recently attended a quite elegant wedding banquet at Far East Restaurant on Nicholson Lane in Rockville. The setting was quite pretty - the kind that's good for special occasions with linen tablecloths, fountains, etc. It was an elaborate formal multi-course feast, so I never saw a regular menu. I would guess it would be standard Chinese-American fare (wonton soup, egg rolls, kung pao chicken, etc.) Very good service and a nicely stocked full bar.

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              1. re: crackers

                was great in the 1970's but unfortunately stayed in the 1970's