Review of North China Restaurant in West Houston

Updated on April 22, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Exterior of the North China restaurant in Houston
Exterior of the North China restaurant in Houston | Source

Specializing in Mandarin Cuisine

The North China restaurant in Houston specializes in Mandarin cuisine, and it is delicious! There is little doubt as to the type of food served inside this restaurant. It is emblazoned on the front of the building alongside the name and colorful koi fish painted on the exterior.

Beautiful outdoor patio area
Beautiful outdoor patio area | Source

He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.

— Chinese Proverb

In Business Since 1976!

This is a family-owned restaurant that has been in business in Houston since 1976. That says a lot for their popularity and staying power! According to their website, the owners operated a restaurant in Seoul, Korea, for decades before moving to the United States. Also mentioned is the fact of their being named the “Best Chinese Restaurant in Houston” by KHOU, which is our local Channel 11 Houston.

We ate at the North China restaurant for many years when it was located behind the Memorial City Professional Buildings near the Memorial City Hospital. The address of the current location is 14525 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079.

This is in the so-called Energy Quarter of West Houston near Highway 6. It is in an enclave of buildings with an assortment of other restaurants and businesses. They have an end cap with an outdoor dining space for those days in metro Houston when the weather invites outdoor dining.

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Colorful poster art on the wallsInterior dining space with bar area in the main dining roomThe other side of the main dining area divided by a bookcase and wine storage Bright lit dining room with windows overlooking patio area Partial view of private dining room
Colorful poster art on the walls
Colorful poster art on the walls | Source
Interior dining space with bar area in the main dining room
Interior dining space with bar area in the main dining room | Source
The other side of the main dining area divided by a bookcase and wine storage
The other side of the main dining area divided by a bookcase and wine storage | Source
Bright lit dining room with windows overlooking patio area
Bright lit dining room with windows overlooking patio area | Source
Partial view of private dining room
Partial view of private dining room | Source

Interior Spaces

The interior spaces are bright and inviting in the North China restaurant, as you can readily see from the photos above. The poster art that adorns the walls is eye-catching. The only room without some natural light emanating from windows is the private dining room. An Asian-style screen divides that room into two spaces, or it can be moved aside to make it one ample private dining space.

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Salad and appetizer bar at lunchSalad and appetizer bar at lunchA dish from the salad bar
Salad and appetizer bar at lunch
Salad and appetizer bar at lunch | Source
Salad and appetizer bar at lunch
Salad and appetizer bar at lunch | Source
A dish from the salad bar
A dish from the salad bar | Source

Complimentary Salad and Appetizer Bar

As in the old location, a complimentary salad and appetizer bar is included when ordering any of the luncheon specials. People are invited to help themselves to the cold and spicy noodles, warm and crispy fried morsels, and lightly dressed salad. Everyone we know seems to enjoy it.

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Beijing beef Gan sho shrimp Cashew chicken Photo of the General Tsao Chicken Photo of the Yuxiang Shredded Pork
Beijing beef
Beijing beef | Source
Gan sho shrimp
Gan sho shrimp | Source
Cashew chicken
Cashew chicken | Source
Photo of the General Tsao Chicken
Photo of the General Tsao Chicken | Source
Photo of the Yuxiang Shredded Pork
Photo of the Yuxiang Shredded Pork | Source

Luncheon Plates

We have yet to taste all of the many dishes offered on the menu at this restaurant. You can see some of the ones that we have tried to get an idea of how one of their luncheon plates appears.

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Do you want to rub his belly? He greets you both entering and exiting the restaurant.Partial view as we exit the restaurantLet the good times roll sculpture on an entrance wall
Do you want to rub his belly? He greets you both entering and exiting the restaurant.
Do you want to rub his belly? He greets you both entering and exiting the restaurant. | Source
Partial view as we exit the restaurant
Partial view as we exit the restaurant | Source
Let the good times roll sculpture on an entrance wall
Let the good times roll sculpture on an entrance wall | Source

Hospitality and Service

My husband and I enjoy eating Chinese food. This type of food is typically well-flavored, but not spicy as compared to Sichuan cuisine, which can be quite tantalizing to the taste buds.

The presentation is essential, as well. Expect to receive friendly and efficient service at this restaurant.

5 stars for North China Restaurant

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

— Chinese Proverb

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The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue.

— Confucius

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Thelma,

      I think that many people choose eat foods that they do not traditionally cook when at home. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      Fortunately for me, my husband also likes Chinese food. We seem to like a wide variety of cuisines. (Smile)

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      Thelma Alberts 

      2 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      It has been a while since I have visited a Chinese restaurant. Maybe because I usually cook Asian food and when we dine out, we prefer to go Italian, German or Greek restaurants.

      Thank you for sharing this review. Well done. It seems a good restaurant to visit.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh yes, if I lived close I would definitely eat there, but I must go alone. Ray won't even taste Chinese food. We have a great Chinese restaurant here that serves delicious food. The décor is inviting and charming.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      We do enjoy eating Chinese food every once in a while. This restaurant is not that far from where we live, which also makes it pleasant.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      We have many such buffet-type Chinese restaurants over here also. Yes, it is easy to overeat when enticed by so many food choices.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoy this type of food and would love to go to this restaurant. It logy.oks like a very nice place to eat. Your pictures show some wonderful looking food, Peggy.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      I was especially interested to read of the salad bar. We have been to Chinese restaurants in the UK that offer a full buffet for all their dishes. The only problem I find is that it's too easy to overeat. Choosing dishes from a menu might be a safer way of dining.

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