The first Washington opening for lauded Szechuan chef Peter Chang begins this weekend. Business partner Gen Lee confirms that the eatery at 2503-E North Harrison Street will begin its soft-opening period on Saturday at 11:30, with an official debut scheduled for next week.
The sizable menu is similar to Chang’s other full-service restaurants, which include branches in Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and Fredericksburg (the Arlington location was originally rumored to be a more casual concept). In the past we’ve happily traveled for searing ma po tofu, scallion pancakes puffed up like balloons, cumin-scented fish, and wontons in chili oil. Look for more of the same on the all-day menu, plus a section of “grandmother home-style cooking” with Szechuan double-cooked pork belly and hotpot. There’s also a small $5 children’s menu.
Check back in on Monday for a full preview of the new restaurant.
Peter Chang Arlington. 2503-E N. Harrison St., Arlington; 703-538-6688. Soft-opening hours: 11:30 to 10:30.