Rita, Bob and Debbie and I went to Q for dinner.
The reception desk is straight ahead as you walk in. To the far left there is a section of 4 person booths the length of the dining room. They are separated from the balance of the restaurant by a half wall. On the other side of that wall are 2 person booths also running the length of the restaurant.
On the far side of the restaurant is a banquette that runs half the length of the restaurant starting at the back. There are also two person tables that could be pulled together. Next there is a bar that seats 7 people.
The balance of the restaurant contains a variety of four person tables that seem to be larger than the average four top. There is at least one round table that can seat up to 8 people.
To order a whole Peking duck you have to do it in advance which Debbie did when she made the reservation.
Each of us ordered one or more items but there was so much sharing that it makes sense to just list all of the items. Vegetable Dumplings; Joyful Pyramid Dumplings (Shrimp, Salmon, Chicken, Vegetable); Duck Tofu Soup (Cabbage Juice, Tofu, Duck) [Bob said “soup is good even though it is green”];Dry Fried Eggplant; Simple Veggie Stir Fry (Asparagus, Snow Pea, White Mushroom, Carrot, Garlic); Assorted Grain Rice; Egg Fried Rice with Green Onion; Szechuan Kung Pao Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken.
After we received our order we saw a dish being served to another table that looked like a space ship, so we ordered it. It turned out to be a Scallion Bubble Pancake. To begin eating it you punch a hole in it, the air escapes and you cut it up. It is essentially a form of bread.
Many of the items on the menu are spicy. Spiciness is clearly marked on the menus with a hot pepper symbol that for each dish ranges from no hot pepper to 5 hot peppers.
The service was reasonably timed and attentive even when the restaurant filled up.
The take out menu is a bit different than the dining room menu. And you cannot order from the takeout menu if you are seated at a table. Bob tried to do just that and the server double checked but the answer was, “Sorry, no.” (I picked up the take out menu on the way in to take notes on along with the menus I printed out from the internet.)
There is a wooden door leading into the men’s restroom. Immediately upon entering there is a yellowish marble-like counter with two white square ceramic wash basins.
To the left are two white ceramic wall hanging urinals of different heights with a partial wall between them and a wall between the urinals and the wash basins.
It has a single white ceramic commode in a stall with partial walls. The floor is covered with tiny yellowish square tiles. The walls are covered by mid-size square black tiles.
There is a parking garage about a block and a half from the restaurant. The restaurant will give you directions if you call.
Q by Peter Chang
4500 East West Highway, Ste 100
Bethesda, Maryland 20814