100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Sichuan Jin River

Cost:

Photograph by Scott Suchman

About Sichuan Jin River (Formerly Sichuan Pavilion)

Cost:

cuisines
Chinese, Szechuan
Location(s)
410 Hungerford Dr
Rockville, MD 20850

There are get-away-from-it-all restaurants, date-night restaurants, and restaurants for conducting business. This is a go-with-a-group restaurant. With its voluminous menu (you want the Szechuan one, not the Chinese-American one) and low prices, the greatest rewards are to be had by bringing family or friends for a kind of DIY Chinese banquet. The full range of Szechuan cooking is on display: hot and spicy (a smoky mapo tofu), delicate (braised flounder with pickled cabbage), cool and tangy (pickled cucumbers); mild and earthy (lotus-root salad).

The split-level room is nothing to look at, and the servers range from helpful to genially flaky. No matter: You’re here to sample the magic of the kitchen—the finest in Rockville’s Chinatown and one of the area’s very best. Don’t miss: Dan-dan noodles; tea duck; cold noodles with sesame; wontons with chili sauce; spicy chicken salad; General Guan chicken; spicy beef with cabbage.

Open: Daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013

Get Our “Brunches This Weekend” Newsletter

The best breakfasts and brunches to try every weekend, plus our most popular food stories of the week.

Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.