A & J Restaurant

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4.4 rating over 4 reviews

301-251-7878

1319 Rockville Pike Ste C ( )

Rockville, MD 20852-1437

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Description: A & J Restaurant is a Chinese, Dim Sum, and Asian restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid less than $10, and tipped more than 18%.
Tags: Chinese, Dim Sum, Takeout, Good For Kids, Asian, Noodles, Cheap, Cheap Eats, Authentic, and Dim SumSum
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Gayot
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A & J Restaurant

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Dim Sum anytime!

We went here for dinner last night and what a treat it was. The prices are very reasonable and the portions were just right for us. We ordered more than we needed, but knew we could take the leftovers home for dinner and wanted to try several items.

As one reviewer mentioned the spicy beef soup (a large bowl of noodles and beef!) and the braised pork with rice were both fantastic! I liked the fact that the pork came with a hardboiled “hundred year old egg.” (Not to be confused with the 1000 year old egg…) In addition, we enjoyed the thousand layer pancake (a simple multilayer bread), the spicy wontons, pan fried dumplings, wonton soup and cold bean curd with carrots. The least exciting dish was the sesame biscuit with beef – it was a little dry, but I was still glad to have tried it.

As soon as you sit down, tea is brought to the table and you circle your order on one of the menus. Everything comes quickly and is hot and fresh. The biggest challenge is narrowing down your order!

For larger groups it sounds like they take reservations, Also note, this is a cash only restaurant – though our generous meal plus a soda came out to $41 including a tip!

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Excellent Shantung Style Dim Sum

The food is magnificent, the service is friendly and attentive, and the menu is quite extensive. I’ve been eating at A & J Restaurant for many years and still find new and worthwhile dishes on the menu. All of the large soups are excellent – particularly Spicy Beef, Spicy Beef and Tendon, Spicy Tendon, and Shredded Pork with Szechuan Radish Soup. All of the noodle dishes are good, and I have not yet found a pork or chicken preparation which isn’t outstanding. The fried dumplings are justifiably very popular, and the steamed pork buns have been very well prepared, with a delicate wrapper and delicious filling – but it is more rewarding to assay new, perhaps unfamiliar, dishes. Many of the vegetable dishes look very appealing, but I am much more familiar with the pork and chicken dishes.

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Braised Pork Rice, Braised Egg

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This is the most recently added dish on the menu, and it is entirely up to A & J’s high standards. It is slightly more filling than it looks, and is an excellent value.

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Good Food, CASH/CHECK ONLY!

A & J Restaurant is tucked away in the Sunshine Shopping center (Think Sushi house, Joseph A. Bank, Entenmann’s) on Southbound Rockville Pike. Hungry and desperate for something new; the Mrs and I set out for adventure: Dim Sum style.

Atmosphere:: Entering A & J is like entering any small Asian restaurant in Montgomery County. Chinese paintings and wallpaper, ~30 tables, mid-backed chairs are standard here. Look around and you’ll even see the numerous ‘Cheap Eats’ awards Washingtonian Magazine has bestowed upon them over the last decade. The restaurant is well lit with no pretense for mood setting. Not a place for the overly romantic, but might still make for a fun date.

Food:: Let me first start by saying there is no Americanized food here. Should you seek General Tso and his chicken, check down the street. That said, ordering can be very tricky. The menu items are first listed in Chinese, then English, and with no elaboration of what exactly it is you’re attempting to order. Thankfully you circle what you want on the menu and turn it in to your server! Tea is served immediately as you sit down and comes at no added cost. We had several steamed dumplings, some beef on crackers, a dessert pastry, and I was brave enough to try the Thousand Year Egg. The food was freshly prepared and tasty, albeit a bit oily.

Drink:: All we had here was the house tea. Very good and FREE!

Service:: We were promptly greeted by a cheery young lady who seated and served us. Service is quick and to the point. Some may find this off-putting and mistake it for rudeness. In the Asiatic cultures, waiters are to be prompt and professional; something we Americans sometimes aren’t accustomed to! When not waiting tables, I saw the staff having a good time with some toddlers that came to try their first dim sum meal. Overall service was good.

Parking:: Parking is plentiful. Shouldn’t have a problem. Watch out for inattentive drivers blowing through stop signs.

Final Thoughts:: This restaurant was fun to try, inexpensive (Entire meal came out to $25 for two people + tip), and filling. I can’t decide if it’s average or good, but we’ll call it good all the same. I think this would be a good place to try authentic Chinese/Taiwanese food without the risk of spending a lot and not liking it. Like I said before, this is a CASH/CHECK ONLY establishment. Closest ATM I found was 2 blocks South.

Dishes I tried:

Thousand Year Egg with Tofu

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A duck egg preserved in ash, salt, tea, and soil for 100 days and served on a bed of tofu. Sounds gross? Exactly why I HAD to try it! Truth be told it tasted kind of like blue cheese and sesame oil. I think I would likely order it again. Very tasty.

Red Bean Paste Pastry (w/Pine Nuts) (2)

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Two mounds of red bean paste & pine nuts wrapped in a flaky pastry crust and served piping hot! Very good flavor on these.

Thousand Layer Pancake

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A flaky, layered bread, the thousand layer pancake is big enough for two to share as an appetizer. I personally found it flavorless, enhanced by the rice-wine vinegar at the table. My girlfriend liked it a lot. Good to try, probably wouldn’t order next time.

Scallion Pancake

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One pancake with scallions. Good flavor, light texture, tastes great with a tiny bit of soy sauce.

Steamed Pork Bun (4)

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Four small buns (more like pot-stickers) steamed and served in a small dish. Tasty and not-too-filling, these are great when ordered with other things and shared in a group.

Chinese Sesame Biscuit w/Sliced Pork

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This was my favorite dish of all that we tried. A slice of pork sandwiched between two sesame biscuits (Crackers, in America). Again, not filling by itself; but with two other menu items it would be quite sufficient.

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June 1, 2009

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Prices Can't Be beat

A very small (maybe 30 tables) place that serves authentic asian food, something that is hard to get in the US. Yup, no General Tso's Chicken here. Instead you get a brown piece of paper with some Engrish and Chinese characters and no…

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