It’s the good fortune of Bethesda area residents that renowned chef Peter Chang chose a new office building with ground-floor retail on East West Highway to be the home of his flagship restaurant, Q by Peter Chang. After opening last May, the 8,000-square-foot eatery, stylishly decorated with green cushioned chairs and phone booth-size light fixtures, made a universal splash with its refined and often fiery Sichuan cuisine. Old standbys in Chang’s repertoire, such as cumin lamb chops, scallion bubble pancakes, dry fried eggplant and crispy pork belly, are worth repeating, but diners should experiment with other options, such as cumin duck bao, kumquat beef and seafood pearls. Served at lunch on weekdays, “Peter’s Dim Sum Platter” comes in a nine-compartment shadow box and is an adventurous little feast.
4500 East West Highway, Suite 100, Bethesda; 240-800-3722; qbypeterchang.com