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“real Chinese”

North China Restaurant
Ranked #265 of 366 Restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: Chinese
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“real Chinese”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

They have the typical Americanized Chinese food, but also have an extensive menu of real Chinese and Taiwanese items. I think this place is easily the best Chinese restaurant in the area. Not expensive, so it pays to be a little adventurous here.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fair Taiwan Chinese, poor North Chinese, uncomfortable place.”
Reviewed June 30, 2010

I'm a purist about the Chinese food I eat. I used to eat at North China when they first opened, and after moving away and returning some years ago. We recently went in for dinner, and were dismayed that they gave up most of their dining room space (I can imagine the rent increase!) and the tiny tables are shoehorned in. Flavors are muted, the fried pot-sticker dumplings were bland, and the kitchen argument was louder than the owner's door-side conversation of the cashier's phone order-taking, all of which were louder than our table talk.

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1 Thank leGordonbleu
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A Terrific Surprise-- Highly Recommended”
Reviewed February 1, 2009

Had my first meal at North China restaurant on February 1, 2009, and recommend it highly. Despite the North China name, the menu includes numerous items from Taiwan and Hong Kong. There are many "homestyle" appetizers and dishes listed, too-- it would take numerous visits to work through all the intriguing choices on this menu.

Our party of two concentrated on a sampling of Taiwan-style and traditional appetizers, supplemented with a Szechuan beef noodle soup. Our choices, in addition to the noodle soup: oyster pancake, seaweed, fried pork strips (new to us and addictive), five spice squid, and leek dumplings. Everything was fresh, extremely tasty and well-executed, and we even had extra soup to take home. All this for $32, with friendly service from the owner's family. One note: if you like additional heat, do ask for hot sauce, which is readily provided.

We should note that we did not even get to the more ambitious items on the menu, and will look forward to an opportunity. This is a real find for Bethesda, which has few authentic Chinese restaurants. For that matter, it is a stand-out for the Washington, DC area, especially since the downtown Chinatown has shrunk since the construction of the Verizon Center.

North China Restaurant's website notes that dim sum are available on Saturdays and Sundays. We haven't checked this out yet but, if correct, it would be the sole restaurant in Bethesda offering dim sum.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Bethesda or if you would like to try Taiwanese and homestyle dishes not readily available elsewhere.

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Bridgewater NJ
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Taiwaness Food and Chinese food”
Reviewed March 27, 2008

That's really a great resturant ..The owner is super nice and the food is great ..very authenstic Taiwaness food ..not greasy at all ..also we lived in NJ.. its hardly can find great food like this one ..
Though it's small but the food is awesome ..great to try the gun-po squid .and cripy chicken ..seafood also are great also ..
Thank you..

4 Thank StaceyNJ
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Boca Raton, Florida
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25 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“The Best Chinese Food in the Region”
Reviewed March 23, 2008

The best Chinese food in the region is served at this gem near the heart of Bethesda. I've had Chinese food at restaurants all over the world and the fare here could compete with any of it. It's convenient to shopping and workplaces, and its devoted patrons consist of everyone from stress-out workers seeking an excellent lunch at reasonable prices, to busy suburban housewives getting takeout for their whole family. I especially recommend their flounder, because their chef prepares it in a delicious entree that I literally have never seen equaled anywhere else in the world. Eating here is a must for visitors traveling anywhere near Bethesda, Maryland.

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