Tony Cheng Seafood Restaurant
Right in the heart of China Town, near the Verizon Center not far from the National Mall, is this large Chinese Seafood Restaurant with Asian delight. A Blue Ribbon Winner restaurant rated Axxes Top 50 Restaurant has great food that this reviewer can stamp satisfaction on. However, on my visit, while friendly, the waittress was pushy and wanting to move customers in/out quickly even though the place was empty and didn't have too many patrons at the moment which soured some of the experience. The food however was fabulous. I had the Shrimp Kung Pao which hit the spot and was sensational. A side of spring rolls added extra delight. The cost of the dishes were higher than they should have been and that was a dampener as well. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5. Visited 2/18/09.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp Kung Pao, spring rolls
Mongolian Barbeque is served downstairs, and Dim Sum upstairs. They're both excellent.
Mongolian barbecue is simple. You pick up a bowl, pile it up with meat (if you desire it), vegetables, seasoning, oils, and condiments. Then hand it to the chef, who will stir-fry everything in the traditional Chinese style. Meanwhile, scoop up some rice on your plate. When it's all done, you have a very healthy, tasty meal. Together with the small Chinese appetizers, it's exquisite. Moreover, it's affordable, at least by Washington standards.
If you have the Dim Sum, then simply wait at your table. When the waitress brings dishes around, select the ones you want. The waitress will mark your bill for each one that you take. At the end of your meal, each selection is tallied up. This is fine for a slow, leisurely meal, especially with a group of friends.
Favorite Dish: Pick what you like. The food is outstanding, both downstairs and upstairs.
Although others commented on the fact that it is one of the best chinese restaurant in town, do not expect traditionnal chinese food there.
For people who don't mind Americainzed Chinese food, it's a great restaurant.
For people who know the difference between Americanized chinese food (lots of sweet and sour flavored stuff) and traditionnal ones:
Take it as a regular restaurant but do not expect traditionnal dishes taste like they're supposed to (food doesn't exhibit that certain flavor unique from cooking using a wok). Also, it's somewhat expensive for a run of the mill restaurant, which is somewhat unusual for a chinese place.
A tip for people who want to try real chinese food:
You'll know you are at a good Chinese restaurant when most of the customers are Chinese. (same thing for the quality of a Chinatown) Keep an open mind because you'll find food that are unusual for your palette.
We arrived at lunch time and this place was very busy but they got us right in and seated. If you are looking for an intimate dinning experience this is not your place. One large room upstairs (Mongolian area, Chinese was downstairs) and it was full.
The service was excelent, we did not wait for anything. I had a salmon dish that was a bit to 'fishy' for my taste but the rest of my group was well satisfied with thier meals. We did recieve the wrong bill (less than ours) and had a bit of trouble explaining this to the waiter.
Tony Cheng's is pretty famous. So much so that often, business people from Colorado or points west will ask where it is because they've heard of it. While we go to Rockville for fine Chinese cooking, it seems that out-of-towners want to go to Chinatown.
While Chinatown has experienced a rebirth of sorts since the MCI Center was built, it has raised leasing rates high enough to get rid of many Chinese-owned and operated businesses. Tony Cheng's seafood and Dim Sum are famous enough to keep it in business.
Dim Sum is served daily, and it is packed on weekends due to the wider selection and convenient location.
Note that downstairs is Tony Cheng's Mongolian Grill, a sort of trendy restaurant that is good but not spectacular. Upstairs is the original seafood restaurant.
While in Chinatown, take a photo with the huge Chinatown gate. Everybody does.
Favorite Dish: Dim Sum. It's good.
Located on the second floor, above Tony Cheng's Mongolian restaurant, this seafood restaurant has a big menu full of Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan specialties. Menu and Dim Sum are available at lunch time.
Favorite Dish: Fresh seafood on crispy noodles.
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