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Classier Chinese Restaurant for a Post Wedding Ceremony Meal

My fiancee and I will be having immediate-family only wedding ceremony in Rockville and are looking for a place to eat afterwards (total of 9 people including us).

My family is Cantonese and my fiancee's is from Anhui, so we'd be prefer to eat at a Chinese restaurant with authentic dishes. We're not looking for a full banquet style, but want a place that we wouldn't feel strange coming in somewhat dressed up (obviously nixing hole-in-the-walls). Oh, and we want to stay away from Sichuan places, since some of us are sensitive to spicy dishes.

I've seen Grace Garden, Joe's Noodle House and Hong Kong Palace mentioned a few times on the boards. Could someone tell me what the atmosphere is like?

And if there really isn't anything Chinese that fits the bill, would you have other recommendations? Know that we are planning a larger reception the following day, so we're not looking for a blow-out meal (~sub $40 pp) and were considering something along the lines of 8407, Dino or Palena.

Thanks in advance!

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Hong Kong Palace
6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

Grace Garden
1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

Joe's Noodle House
1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

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  1. You might consider Seven Seas in Rockville.

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    Seven Seas
    1776 E Jefferson St Ste 112, Rockville, MD 20852

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    1. re: dinwiddie

      seven seas has a couple 'private' rooms where 9 people would fit easily and separate you from the less dressed up. their food is acceptable with plenty of non-spicy dishes. they do have banquet style menus if desired.

      seems like it fits your requirements

      1. re: iatethesandbox

        Most of the menu at Seven Seas is kind of hit-and-miss, except for seafood, which is reliably good (though not cheap).

        But man, even after the renovation, that place could use a renovation.

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        Seven Seas
        1776 E Jefferson St Ste 112, Rockville, MD 20852

        1. re: DanielK

          Thanks. When we come up to finish some of the other wedding planning stuff (currently in Atlanta), we'll try out Seven Seas. Any specific recommendations for dishes? A bunch of us like seafood, but it'd be good to have a mix of dishes.

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          Seven Seas
          1776 E Jefferson St Ste 112, Rockville, MD 20852

    2. You will feel completely out of place in the Chinese spots you mentioned.

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      1. re: Steve

        Of all the "authentic" Chinese places I can think in the area, none of them score much higher than "hole in the wall" on decor.

        Maybe New Fortune in Gaithersburg, but their regular menu is only ok - their specialty is dim sum.

        If you put Chinese aside, lots of places on Rockville to choose from. Off the top of my head, Spice Xing (Indian), La Canela (Peruvian), Il Pizzico or Amici Miei (Italian), Addie's (American), Yekta Kabobi (Persian - adjacent to Joe's Noodle House).

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        Il Pizzico
        15209 Frederick Rd Ste 2, Rockville, MD 20850

        La Canela
        141 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850

        Spice Xing
        100-B Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

        New Fortune
        16515 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

        Joe's Noodle House
        1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

        Amici Miei Ristorante
        1093 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, MD 20854

        Yekta Kabobi
        1488 Rockville Pike Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852

        1. re: DanielK

          @Steve, thanks for clarifying on the restaurants I mentioned.

          @DanielK, re New Fortune, if the regular menu is only ok, I'd prefer to go to a non-Chinese restaurant with solid food. And thanks for the recs for the other places. Would any of the recs change if we weren't just limited to Rockville?

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          New Fortune
          16515 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

          1. re: fivefivefive

            If you would go to Chevy Chase, you could try Meiwah which routinely gets good reviews and has appropriate ambiance.

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            Meiwah Restaurant
            4457 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

            1. re: skipper

              Meiwah has a very nice dining room, and while they do very good quality American Chinese, I don't think of them as having authentic food.

              I just thought of another place, though, Tony Lin's, also in Rockville. They have a very pleasant dining room, and two private rooms that are also nice. They have a separate authentic Chinese menu that is very good.

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              Tony Lin's Restaurant
              12015 Rockville Pike Ste G, Rockville, MD 20852

      2. Maybe Far East on Nicholson Lane? I've been to a few events in their upstairs private rooms, and it might be more of the atmosphere you're looking for.

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        Far East Restaurant
        5055 Nicholson Ln, Rockville, MD 20852

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        1. re: small fry

          What's the food like? Unless there's another menu, the one they have posted on their website is typical American Chinese food, not the authentic stuff that the OP asked for.

          1. re: DanielK

            The hosts have offered Americanized Chinese at the events I've attended there, so I'm not sure if there is an authentic menu or not. The OP would have to call and ask. I thought it fit the bill in terms of decor/atmosphere which is why I suggested it.

        2. check out Michael's Noodles. http://michaelsnoodles.com/index.html It's classier than Joe's and HKP.

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          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            What could be classier than Joe's? Why have I not heard of Michael's and how is their food?

            1. re: flavrmeistr

              i ate chinese food at this location 3 years ago, and the place was dying. No chance I would go back. I forget the name (it was different than Michaels). So this may be a reboot, but I haven't been myself.

              Based on the reviews they put on their own website, they seem to be a bit confused, saying that they serve "Taiwanese, Szechuan, and dim sum". Probably a red flag here...

              1. re: iatethesandbox

                I don't see this as a red flag. As Sietsema mentions in his review: "Michael's Noodles employs four chefs: one from Taiwan, the others from Sichuan province."

                That being said, I think the Taiwanese dishes are better here. Szechuan is best left to Joe's or Sichuan Pavilion.

                The interior at Michael's is definitely nicer than most other Chinese spots. Only problem is that it's kinda small and they only have one or two big tables. I'm sure they can accommodate a party of 9, but it would be a good idea to call ahead.

              2. re: flavrmeistr

                I went there once, had the Hainanese chicken, and I didn't think much of it. However, I probably ordered wrong. I have heard the noodles and dumplings are the way to go.

                Have you been to Mandarin Express in Rockville? Tiny place, doubtful you will see anyone in there not Chinese. The crispy tofu is a must order, and the fish fillets in wine sauce are very delicious.

                1. re: Steve

                  I had the Hainanese chicken at Michael's as well and thought it was just okay. I'm still working my way through the menu, but my favorites so far are the spicy slow roasted beef noodle soup, shredded pork w/ fresh chili pepper, and crispy duck w/ spicy salt.

                  1. re: Guy Incognito

                    Thanks for the recs... I am sooooo there the next chance I get.

                    1. re: Steve

                      I've seen the address, but I'm lazy. Where on 28 is this place?

                      1. re: Steve

                        As a longtime visitor to Joe's and Bob's, I was excited to see Tyler Cowen's characterization of Michael's as "a combination of A&J and Hong Kong Palace." He goes on to say that it "is perhaps the best Chinese restaurant in this area right now. The dishes are a mix of Sichuan, Taiwanese, and Manchurian.

                        It has the best noodles and best dumplings around; the Sichuan wontons are a must. Shredded tofu is great. Singapore Noodle is surprisingly good and quite subtle. Pork with spicy noodles, in various incarnations, is excellent. I’ve yet to try the soups but they looks very good. Go mostly with the smaller dishes."

                        The owners are Taiwanese. I am heading there tonight!

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                        Hong Kong Palace
                        6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

              3. Have you considered Silver Fountain in Aspen Hill - very close to Rockville? I believe they have banquet set meals for 6, 8 and 10 people on a separate menu....all traditional Cantonese dishes. Decor inside definitely doesn't hurt at all.