Peter Chang’s Highly Anticipated Flagship Opening With Dim Sum, Peking Duck

Q by Peter Chang rolls out in Bethesda.

Chef Peter Chang readies to open his flagship restaurant in Bethesda. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

The highly anticipated new restaurant from chef Peter Chang is rolling out this weekend. Q by Peter Chang will soft-open in Bethesda on Saturday at 11 am in advance of a grand opening on June 2.

Chang, a former Chinese Embassy chef, is behind a growing empire of eponymous restaurants serving similar Szechuan menus—including three Peter Chang locations in the greater Washington area. Q, which stands for “qijian” (flagship) in Chinese, is billed as the once-elusive chef’s “culinary home.”

The menu features a handful of Chang’s classics—balloon-like scallion bubble pancake, cumin lamb chops—though diners can explore mostly new  items. Among them are rotating dim sum platters at lunch and peking duck in the evenings with house-made pancakes, cucumbers, scallions, and special duck sauce. The kitchen also offers a full range of items from five-alarm dishes in a special section marked “the ultimate spicy challenge” to classics such as Szechuan kung pao chicken. All can be accompanied with global wines from a spice-friendly list or another classic: Tsingtao beer.

Q by Peter Chang. 4500 East-West Hwy Ste 100, Bethesda. 240-800-3772. Open Monday through Thursday, 11 to 3 pm (lunch) and 5 to 9 pm (dinner); Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 10:30 pm; Sunday 11 am to 9 pm.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.