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Upscale Chinese in Baltimore?

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After searching the board, it looks to me like most recommendations for good Chinese restaurants suggest shifiting gears and finding somewhere else instead, but it seems like it's worth a shot so here goes.... I'm looking for a nice Chinese restaurant to take out a few colleagues -- preferably upscale, and somewhere in Baltimore although I would consider the suburbs as well. I'd be willing to consider some other cuisine, although Chinese was specifically requested, so something at least vaguely Asian would be great. Any thoughts? Thanks very much!

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  1. Szechuan House in Timonium

    1. The most "upscale" Asian I can think of in Baltimore right now would be Roy's Hawaiian Fusion in Harbor East. http://www.roysrestaurant.com/index.asp

      1. As others have implied, your best bet within Baltimore, upscale or otherwise, is to drop back to Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, or Pan-Asian, and do a board search for prior threads for lists of the usual suspects. If good Chinese, upscale or otherwise, is the only option acceptable to your guests, you're probably heading elsewhere. It certainly isn't anywhere in Baltimore.

        When it comes to "good" Chinese in the immediate area, the best options (Hunan Legend's "secret menu" and Grace Garden) are more "Mom and Pop" than "upscale", though of the two, Hunan Legend has a bit more ambiance, and is almost as good on the food as Grace Garden. There are extensive threads on both on this board.

        1. Is it more important that the restaurant be upscale or that it have good Chinese food?

          And, if your definition of Asian food includes the subcontinent, you may want to consider Ambassador Dining Room for Indian. Lovely setting. Forgettable food.

          1. If you are willing to travel to Hunt Valley, I've been to Jesse Wong's kitchen 3 or 4 times in as many years (most recently a few months ago) and have had very good experiences there (perhaps in contrast to other restaurants in Baltimore proper).

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            1. re: mukalu

              Jes, here is an idea. Since most of us here will all agree that Chinese in Bmore is pretty wishy-washy, you could always TRY a place for lunch, which won't break your budget, get a feel for the place, decor, looks, staff, maybe some recommendations, some of the food etc, then if you like, make a reservation for that night. OR, go the day/week before and take home a menu to study! Also, usually some of the items on the Lunch Menu are much, much less expensive than on the Dinner Menu..

            2. My vote is for Hunan Manor in Columbia.

              I actually live in Lutherville, very close to Szechuan House, which is arguably the best chinese food in Baltimore County, but I wouldn't call upscale at all. Roy's downtown isn't Chinese at all, but it is upscale and great food. Perhaps PF Chang's might be considered upscale Chinese too, if you don't mind the franchise.. Though Roy's is a national franchise too.

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              1. re: rocdragon

                I'll agree that Szechuan House is not upscale. My vote would be either Bamboo House in the Cranbrook Shopping Center in Cockeysville or Jesse Wong's in Hunt Valley. Hunan Manor in Columbia is also worth considering.


                1. re: suttonri

                  suttonri--isn't the Bamboo House in Cranbrook Shopping Center owned and/or operated by the Joey Chiu's staff? And, Joey Chiu's has a larger restaurant and nicer atmosphere. FoiGras

                  1. re: FoiGras

                    Joey sold the bamboo House to Italians a few months back. They kept the staff and menu, so i assume that it similar to what it has been over the years. Joey Chiu's Greenspring Inn (Lutherville) is a little nicer and the surroundings are a lot nicer. Food is predictable, but good quality Chinese-American offerings.

                    Green Leaf in Hunt Valley has great food, but is more casual and BYOB.

                  2. re: suttonri

                    I'm not sure Bamboo House in Cockeysville qualifies as upscale - the atmosphere might once have been upscale-ish, but it very much reminds me of a lounge from the 1970s or early 1980s, with the salmon pink and beige decor and sepia lighting.

                    Either way, I found the food there very average Americanized-Chinese.

                    1. re: bluepig1

                      I totally agree with bluepig. Baltimore barely has restaurants that you can call Chinese, let alone "upscale" ones.

                      1. re: bluepig1

                        Agreed on the food, but the decor is better than most. Don't know about any Joey Chiu and Bamboo House connection, but I'm not qualified to answer. I've never been to Joey Chiu, and really not in any hurry to go...

                  3. Haven't been in several years, but Joey Chiu's in the Greenspring Station is quite nice. It has (had) a lovely atmosphere, excellent service and typical "Chinese"-type food. Sometimes there would be quite authentic Chinese dishes.

                    You may want to call ahead and speak with one of the Chefs. I recall a friend having done so about 6 years ago, and a more authentic Chinese dinner was prepared in a private dining area towards the rear of the restaurant. FoiGras

                    1. Jesse Wong's in Hunt Valley is nice. Good food, modern and stylish surroundings. I liked my fish with crunchy soy beans I had last time.

                      Only 20 mins or so up 83 from B'more.