Tysons Corner gets a new option for Cantonese dim sum today with the opening of Han Palace (7900 Westpark Drive). Instead of sending out pushcarts, the kitchen makes dishes to order, with options like steamed shrimp dumplings, baked barbecue pork buns, and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, along with a variety of crepes, noodle, and rice dishes. For dessert, there’s a deep-fried durian cake. Han Palace is also big on cocktails and Japanese whiskey pours.
Chris Zhu, who owns China Garden in Rockville, tapped Kenny Lei from NYC to man the dim sum menu. And executive chef Wei Liu, who trained in China, specializes in a palace-style stuffed duck that dates back to the Han Dynasty. The intricate dish, which requires a 48-hour notice, is deboned and filled with sticky rice, salted egg yolk, chestnut, dry scallop, and sausage, then steamed for two hours.
Han Palace has online ordering for takeout, indoor seating, and 26 patio seats. Private dining is also available for up to 50 people. The restaurant opens 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday with a 10 p.m. close Friday to Sunday.
In other news...
- The Dabney just introduced an a la carte to-go menu while scratching its takeout prix-fixe program and shutting down its summer pop-up. Dishes at the Michelin-starred restaurant continue to celebrate seasonal Mid-Atlantic produce and seafood, with catfish sliders, grilled Cape May scallops, and fried Beaver Creek quail on tap right now. The menu will rotate every week. Same-day pickups are available through Tock starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
- José Andrés’s Butterfly Tacos y Tortas just set up a ghost kitchen inside the Beefsteak in Foggy Bottom. Originally developed in the ThinkFoodLab, Butterfly has some menu overlap with long-running Penn Quarter counterpart Oyamel. It’s available weekdays for delivery (Grubhub, Caviar, and Doordash).
- Dupont Circle nightclub Heist is going above ground this month, rebooting bottle service on the Kennedy Center’s rooftop. Its new residency at the iconic performing arts venue plans to host live performers and DJs set to a backdrop of city views. Table reservations will be available soon. Sign up for updates here.
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- The third annual Fairfax City Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, September 20. Participating restaurants offer three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 and $20 for lunch/brunch per person or couple for both dine-in and takeout.