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Peking Gourmet Inn

James G | Nov 7, 2004 06:15 PM

I had lunch today at Peking Gourmet Inn with some friends and I have to say that the food was better than I expected. For those of you unfamiliar with the place, it is famous for being famous, since it was George Bush the Elder's favorite Chinese restaurant. The restaurant's interior is festooned with photos of the owner with various members of the Bush clan, as well as numerous other functionaries (from both sides of the aisle). The place is also known for its Beijing Roast Duck, which we included in our meal, of course. The duck was done very well indeed, though since all the people in our party had lived in China before, we made a point of asking for it served Beijing style rather than US-style (in the latter, the skin is removed from the duck and served separately, with the fat layer removed; the Beijing style keeps the skin, fat and meat together). The ducks were really done just about perfectly, and the accompanying pancakes and hoisin were excellent.

In addition to the duck we also had several other dishes, including a lo mein with pork, salt-friend shrimp, homestyle tofu, and chicken cubes with peanuts (this latter may have been an attempt at Gong Bao chicken, and if it was then it was not done well at all; if it was some other dish, then it was fine).

Service was very attentive and smooth, though the fact that I was at a table full of Chinese-speaking European diplomats may have had something to do with it.

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