My son and I dined here on a college visit. We were looking for an alternative to all the noisy, over-priced DC restaurants with "attitude".
This is a fairly upscale Chinese restaurant: tablecloths, cloth napkins, professionally dressed waitstaff, great atmosphere, pleasant music, etc. It would be a great place to take a second or third date - assuming your date could look past the nondescript strip mall location.
The entrees were very good, indeed. My General Tso's chicken was moist, flavorful, and beautifully presented. while my son's Orange Flavor Beef was "OMG Freaking Amazing!" This dish is my son's long-standing favorite, and the House of Dynasty version was easily the BEST version we have ever had, anywhere.
On the other hand, the Pu Pu platter appetizer was mediocre at best. Run-of-the-mill battered shrimp. "okay" steak teriyaki, two teeny, tiny barbecue ribs (each all of 1 1/2 inches long). and DREADFUL fried chicken wings, that tasted like the Fryolator oil hadn't been changed in years.
Food prices were reasonable, but the beverage prices were screwy. I started with a martini, then had a beer with my entree. The martini was on the small side and eminently forgettable, but reasonably priced at $5.95. The beer menu was VERY limited: Bud, Miller Light, Heineken, and Tsing Tao. I opted for the Tsing Tao, which was crisp and cold, but really over-priced at $5.75. (The beer choices and prices are not shown anywhere on the menu).
As others have noted, a thimble full of lemon sorbet is served between courses, as are hot towels. But unless you spring for one of the fairly pricey deserts, your meal ends with one generic fortune cookie per person.
House of Dynasty is a "pretty good" Chinese restaurant. But with a couple of tweaks it could be a GREAT Chinese restaurant.
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