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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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Going with a group this weekend---anyone have recommendations? A couple of the members of the group have an aversion to szechuan peppercorn so would love a few options for them as well

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Fish filet and silken tofu in chili broth.  For non-spicy, tofu or bean curd stirred fried with pork strips .  Unfortunately they don’t have their actual menu online so I can’t give you the exact names.  Ask what fresh vegetables they have - usually great just stirred fried with garlic.

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We're been getting take out from there once a month (eating there less frequently) since last my first visit back in April 2017. Only problem haven't been to HKP only once since then and I kinda of miss the hole in the wall atmosphere. 

Cumin fish. 

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New menu.  Menu is expanded, but still not as much offering as HKP.  Same quality of food, young staff, never seems to be busy.  I'll take the kids to try out their northern family dumpling soon.

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There was a separation between the two owners recently, thus the new menu and changed website. Same chef as before, but in these situations usually there is a shift up or down.

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Northern Family Dumplings - nice thin handmade wrapper - they didn't ask what kind of filling I wanted but the dumplings tasted like pork and chives (which is the most common).  I think they're pretty good, way better than those found at typical Chinese joints.  Comes with a side of soy/vinegar/slightly spicy dipping sauce.

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1 hour ago, MarkS said:

What else did you have?

Stir fried snow pea shoots.  At Chinese joints, I always ask for and order a plate of fresh greens.

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Ericandblueboy, any signs of Dim Sum on your recent visit?

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I've asked a couple of time when visiting and they said it was under consideration. Personally, always curious how they are doing in non lunch time hours since on the weekends, it's fairly half filled. 

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Northern Chinese brunch (like A&J) now served 10-3:30 on weekends.

Also $10 buffet Monday—Friday.

People who like tacos, try the Beijing sauteed pork - pork strips stir fried in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce which you wrap with Peking duck wrapper (although they really do look like flour tortillas in this case).

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13 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

Northern Chinese brunch (like A&J) now served 10-3:30 on weekends.

Also $10 buffet Monday—Friday.

People who like tacos, try the Beijing sauteed pork - pork strips stir fried in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce which you wrap with Peking duck wrapper (although they really do look like flour tortillas in this case).

Thanks for the update on weekend brunch. Have you been and if so what is the selection?

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7 minutes ago, lion said:

Thanks for the update on weekend brunch. Have you been and if so what is the selection?

Haven't been. I was there for dinner and just read their poster.  I'll be going soon.

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