4516 Fair Knoll Dr
Fairfax, VA 22033
I've not seen much about this place, but noticed about a year ago they had an ad in the local Chinese papers. We finally decided to check it out a week ago Saturday night. It is a strange set up, with barely a sign of this restaurant other than one neon sign on the side of the Malibu Steakhouse restaurant. This is off Fair Lakes Parkway, across from the McDonald's near Fair Lakes shopping center. I had to walk up to the window to confirm that there were indeed people inside having Chinese food. But once we were inside, all appeared normal. Cheong Wong occupies the right side of the building when you enter. Almost all the tables were occupied by Chinese customers on a busy Saturday night. All the food on the tables looked well prepared and authentic, a good sign. There is a one page Chinese menu which has typical Cantonese fare. We decided on the fish fillet soup, the casserole with eggplant, chicken, and salted fish, and finally beef chow fun. The last two are what I consider Cantonese comfort food, and would be a good indicator of the ability of the kitchen. We were not disappointed. The soup was good, but the real goodness were the two entrees. The casserole had nice pieces of eggplant that were not overcooked, and you could actually smell and taste the salted fish. It wasn't sitting in the brown sauce you'd find in other places and wasn't over salted. Really nice. The beef chow fun was first rate. Great wok hay with lots flavor and plenty of beef. From this first experience, I will surely be back to see if they can be consistent, and to sample the rest of the menu.
Just to confirm last week's visit, I went back again last night. Had another very good dinner. The salt and pepper ribs were just right, with light batter and the right balance of flavors. The steamed chicken (one of their specialties since almost every table ordered one) was done very well. Along with an order of Singapore noodles and the Onchoy with fermented beancurd, the bill came up less than $50. A very good deal indeed. The place was packed from 7-8 pm. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table. Even the Malibu Grill side was pretty busy. They do need more help with the waitstaff since it was so busy. But at least I know this place is pretty good and reliable on a weekend night.