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“Another Great Meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of House of Foong Lin

House of Foong Lin
4613 Willow Lane, Bethesda, MD 20815 (Formerly Moon Gate)
301-656-3427
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Ranked #56 of 301 Restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: Chinese
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Merry Land
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“Another Great Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Visited Moon Gate (soon to be renamed The House of Foong Lin) last night and had another great meal of roast pork with pan-friend noodles, pan-fried dumplings, BBQ spareribs (Mr. Fu just installed new equipment in the kitchen so the ribs could be seared properly). My wife had Crab Rangoon (her favorite) and fried rice. Consistently great food. So happy he's open again at this new location!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Merry Land
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“New Management By Foong Lin of Bethesda Makes This a MUST Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Foong Lin Restaurant of Bethesda closed a few months ago after after decades. The owner, Mr. Fu, was regularly cited among the "Best of Bethesda" restaurants and I have eaten Chinese food at his restaurant virtually every week since 1991. I have been missing his delicious food for the past few months.
I am DELIGHTED to say that he has taken over Moon Gate, a restaurant in Bethesda just off Wisconsin Avenue with an enormous parking lot right across the street. We ate there on New Year's Day and it was heaven: Peking Duck, pan-friend dumplings, Hot and Sour Soup, and more (his brown sauce is second to none).
The host is Miss Ling, who sees to the special needs of every person, and Mr. Fu (who is more often than not in the kitching cooking) also comes out and greets the guests. They go the extra mile to make sure that everything is just the way you want it and can accommodate virtually any sort of custom order or substitution.
I can't say enough good things about them, or about the food. You're guaranteed to have one of the best Chinese meals ever. Mr. Fu's cooking is far superior to both City Lights of China and the highly-touted Mei-Wah.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Dependable and Willing to Substitute Ingredients!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

For someone on a low sodium diet, eating in many Chinese restaurants can be challenging. Moon Gate is extremely willing to make ingredient substitutions and the dishes are still delicious. Been in the same location for years, they have a regular clientele. They are convenient to a public lot that is free on weekends and holidays and very near the Regal Bethesda cinema and the Landmark Bethesda Row cinema. A good destination after a movie!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“The locals seem to like It...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

But we found the space very average and and the food nothing special. Several large family/friend groups were at the restaurant, so clearly it is well-liked locally. Would not go again.

Visited October 2012
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houston, texas
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“Americanized Chinese food with an attitude”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We went ot Moon Gate as a part of a group for a conference. While the food was ample, it was obviously altered with sodium and MSG to suit the American palate. As I enjoy traditional Chinese food, this was a disappointment.
If you want real Chinese food, head due south on the red line to Chinatown.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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