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Dec 30, 2009 02:52 PM

Pacifica Cafe

We went to Pacifica Cafe at 621 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg's Kentland Market Square last weekend. My wife grew up in Shanghai,and she wanted to take a Shanghainese exchange student there since she had heard that the chef was from a famous restaurant her hometown. Judging by their reaction it was a huge success.

We had rice cakes with pork, a blanched chicken dish with a seasame-soy dipping sauce, steamed buns, fish with mushrooms, and pork meatballs with rice noodles. All were very well-prepared with the pork meatballs being the best of the lot. The student was in heaven. Her school back in Shanghai sends students to the DC area every year, and she planned to spread the word about Pacifica Cafe.

Worth checking out if you want to sample some traditional Shanghai dishes.


PS Yahoo yellow pages lists this as Pacific Cafe. Both their sign and card say Pacifica.

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  1. Interesting post. there was a thread two years ago on Don Rockwell about how great this place was, but after a rumor that the chef left, nothing.....

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    1. re: Steve

      I must admit, it's kind of fallen off my radar. I was in that DR group for the meal described in the topic. Some of the food was excellent, but some was only ok, it wasn't cheap, and it's further away than my usual rotation (A&J, China Bistro, Sichuan Pavilion, Joe's Noodle, Bob's Noodle).

      I haven't had Lion's Head Meatballs since Bob's 88 closed, though, so maybe I'm overdue for a visit to Pacifica. Looks like they didn't maintain their website, though.

      1. re: Steve

        This chef arrived there within the last 2 years or so. He used to be at what is now Mr. K's Oreintal Cafe, when it used to serve Shanghainese fare.