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“Chinatown restaurant in suburbia Wheaton, MD”

Paul Kee Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 68 Restaurants in Wheaton
Price range: US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Our family has eaten here for many years and we go at least once a month or order carry-out. The restaurant atmosphere is nothing fancy but the food is very good. Portions are large so family-style eating allows ordering a variety of dishes to share. Weekend evenings can be very busy so there might be some waiting time. Paul Kee opens until 1am on weekdays and until 2am on weekends(incl. Fri.).

They have a separate "pink" table stand menu that include my favorite Hong Kong style noodle dishes and rice congee that's great to eat any time of the day. The servers can seem abrupt but since we are regulars, at least 2 of them know what we like and are quick to get the food on the table. At the rear of the restaurant, part of the kitchen is visible to the public. Here they have hanging roast ducks, bar-b-que pork, roast pig and chicken. It can get rather noisy when they are chopping all the meats!

We usually begin with the jellyfish, thinly sliced pork hocks and cuttlefish appetizer. Our favorite dishes to order from the main menu are the roast duck, roast pig, deep fried stuffed tofu, duck feet braised in a dark sauce with veggies, heads-on fried shrimp, and the whole steamed fish. If you want lobster there is a minimum order of 2 and can be prepared with ginger and scallions or Cantonese style(sauce is darker then the typical egg-white sauce but is still tastes very good).

There are a few parking spaces in the front of the restaurant facing Georgia Ave. but they have their own private parking spaces in the rear of the restaurant. When the restaurant is very busy, we have had to park on the street or in the municipal parking lots.

Date of visit: February 2012
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Reviewed 14 October 2010

It's crazy that this isn't highly rated, and it's a weakness of the way TripAdvisor is organized that Paul Kee's didn't turn up high on the list when we were looking for restaurants in Silver Spring. (It's right on the Silver Spring/Wheaton border, near the "Wheaton" Metro stop.) It's a plain enough looking place, but the food is as good as it was in the famous Chang's restaurant in Charlottesville when he was still there. And the service is wonderful: the wait staff talked one person in our party out of a "brisket" dish by pointing out that it would have a lot of "tendon" in it. (She got a more ordinary meat dish and loved it.) My dad's honey duck was great, very unusual in the way it was done but first rate. I had a chef's special, conch with chives, and was amazed by it. For my 8-year-old son and my wheat-allergic wife the staff custom-made a couple of dishes that they loved--no complaint, no fuss, just great food. As in many restaurants of this type, there are two menus in effect: one with the standard Chinese-American dishes, another with more unusual "specials." I'd stick with the latter. The restaurant is, by the way, in a very interesting neighborhood, with a small Mexican bakery a couple of doors down and a Jewish bookstore across the street.

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Reviewed 5 March 2010

Great food, slow service somtimes,

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Reviewed 29 January 2008

Open till late. Chinese restaurant with Chinese menu on the wall with mostly Chinese clientèles.

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