Ate at China Garden last weekend with a group of 10.
We ate a ton of dimsum including greenbeans (good), chinese broccoli w/oyster sauce (if thats what the veggie is called. good), (cold) duck, clams w/black bean sauce, shrimp rice rolls, fried shrimp dumplings, chicken feet, radish pancakes, sticky rice w/pork, roast pork buns, and custard. Some people had pork congee. There was also something with banana and shrimp (which was an odd combination that I didn't like but the others did.) One person ordered vegetable chowfoon (chow fun) from the menu itself and was very happy (and the dish was huge.) The food was good. It was hard to get a lot of stuff to come around to us...so we had to order a lot of it from the waitresses....which bothered the dimsum veterans. And even then the kitchen was either out of stuff or couldn't keep up with us. They ran out of scallop dumplings...too bad since they were good last time.
The time before we had beef chowfood from the carts and wans't crazy about it. Apperently their chowfun(foon) is better ordered from the menu.
And all for only $15 a person including tip. not bad. :)
Basically...the service problems were that the carts often didn't get to us (Due to our table position?), a harried staff, the kitchen couldn't keep up with us when we ordered directly from a waitress, and they have one nasty employee. Unfortunately..the one nasty employee works in the front and answers the phones. No...not the hostess, she was nice.
One veteran complained that a lot of the dishes were cold...but some of that was by design.
So...I've had better dimsum at several places in nyc's chinatown...but the food here at China Garden was good. Several people said that it was the best dimsum they'd had in the dc area. its the only dimsum I've had in the area. And one person said the food was better than the dimsum place in Gaithersburg everyone goes to (Its owned by the Hope Key people and is in a former cvs or something) but that the service and atmosphere were better in Gaithersburg.