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Asian Origin (Sister to Hong Kong Palace), Szechuan-Based Chinese in the Former Panache Space on S. Pinnacle Drive in Tysons Corner

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Liu Chaosheng - who dat, you might ask.  Well, he's the guy who opened Hong Kong Palace and Uncle Liu's Hot Pot, and he's now opened Asian Origin, in the old Panache space on Pinnacle Drive as noted in this McLean Patch article.

When I first received a menu, I noted its Sichuan dishes and instantly decided to compare it to HKP (not knowing at the time they're sister restaurants). 

The beef, tendon, and tripe dish is $9 at HKP and $12 at AO.

Spicy wontons are $6 at HKP and $8 at AO.

Dan Dan Noodles are $7 at HKP and $8 at AO.

So the prices are higher at AO, presumably reflecting a higher rent as well as fancier décor.

Now I have to decide whether to drive a little farther to HKP or stay in McLean.

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On 4/3/2017 at 9:27 AM, Ericandblueboy said:

Liu Chaosheng - who dat, you might ask.  Well, he's the guy who opened Hong Kong Palace and Uncle Liu's Hot Pot, and he's now opened Asian Origin, in the old Panache space on Pinnacle Drive as noted in this McLean Patch article.

I can walk from my Tysons office. Yay!

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3 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

Liu Chaosheng - who dat, you might ask.  Well, he's the guy who opened Hong Kong Palace and Uncle Liu's Hot Pot, and he's now opened Asian Origin, in the old Panache space on Pinnacle Drive as noted in this McLean Patch article.

Hi Ericandblueboy:  Is the quality of food the same at both locations (HKP and AO) or is one location better than the other?

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Very interested in hearing about the quality of the food. If it is as good as HKP, will be making the trip frequently there even if the slight price differential. 

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Just looked at the menu. Appetizers include "Mashed Potato w. Fresh Fruit Gravy. Strawberry or Blueberry"

Who will take one for the team?

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Tried it recently for take out and found it to be in the ballpark for taste compared to HKP or Uncle Liu's.  

They are working out the kinks with service and running the new restaurant. It is a little smaller than I thought but has two private dining rooms. Think they should lighten up the decor a bit and drop the sushi component of the menu. It would be great if they added dim sum.  Also if they brought in more specialized szechuan dishes that would take care of my chinese cuisine needs. 

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Just had lunch here.  The décor is pretty fancy.  Our server seemed a little green, on the over-eager side.  We had the same dishes that we would have ordered at HKP (spicy wonton, scallion pancakes, silken tofu w/ fish in spicy broth, fried spicy diced chicken), and they taste pretty much the same.  Surprisingly, the menu is shorter than HKP but there are a few traditionally expensive dishes, like abalone. 

I don't actually expect an upscale Chinese joint to survive in Tysons (only steakhouses seems to). 

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On 4/3/2017 at 2:32 PM, Bob Wells said:

Just looked at the menu. Appetizers include "Mashed Potato w. Fresh Fruit Gravy. Strawberry or Blueberry"

Who will take one for the team?

The "Blueberry Flavor Mashed Potato" caught my eye, too.

Fear not and rest optimistic: They used a template for their website.

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Have been here several times now.  The big differences are in the dining room and service.  The dining room is large, airy and bright.  The servers are cheerful, speak English and generally aim to please.  The food is consistently good and they seem to attract a Chinese crowd on weekend evenings, which is a good sign.

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