Two New Bethesda Restaurants Earn Spot in Washington Post’s Fall Dining Guide

Friendship Heights sushi restaurant also recognized


Staff prepares fruit at True Food Kitchen before the restaurant opened.

Joe Zimmermann

Two Bethesda newcomers and a spinoff of a Friendship Heights restaurant were featured in the coveted Washington Post Fall Dining Guide this week.

Q by Peter Chang and True Food Kitchen both earned spots on food critic Tom Sietsema’s list, as did Kobo, a tasting menu counter inside Sushiko in Friendship Heights.

Celebrated chef Peter Chang’s restaurant on East West Highway was highly anticipated when it opened in May and earned early praise from Sietsema in his first review, though he criticized the Peking duck and wrote that the staff at the restaurant wasn’t answering its phone.

In his new review, Sietsema rates the restaurant as “good/excellent” with two and a half stars, calling it “an elegant upgrade” to Chinese food and Chang’s “biggest and best,” though he still wasn’t wild about its duck.

The critic was initially surprised to enjoy the fare at True Food Kitchen, but found it surpassed the chain’s health-minded mantras. He gave the restaurant, which opened on Wisconsin Avenue in June, a two-star “good” rating.

“The food, from the herby hummus circling a bright Greek salad to a pudding starring chia, bananas and shaved coconut, is for the most part fresh and fun,” he wrote in the dining guide.

Kobo, which he praised highly with three stars, is an eight-seat counter where chefs Handry and Piter Tjan prepare meals right in front of guests for a fixed price of $130 to $160.

Montgomery County venues make up only a small slice of the more than 50 restaurants listed in the guide.

Last year, only two county restaurants—Kapnos Kouzina and Peter Chang’s Rockville outpost—were recognized. Four were recognized the year before. No Montgomery County restaurants made the list in 2014.

The Post also recently published its 10 best cheap eats list by food writer Tim Carman. It includes Chettinadu Indian Cuisine in Rockville and both Bete Ethiopian Cuisine and Hollywood East Café in Silver Spring.

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