THE DISH: Eastern China Taste


Eastern China Taste serves, from bottom clockwise, chicken teriyaki, Mongolian beef and crab rangoons. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)


The small eatery has five tables for guests. Most people order their meals to go. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)


• Dragon and phoenix — General Tso’s chicken and shrimp mixed with vegetables in a white sauce, $11.35

• Hunan double — Chicken and beef cooked with mixed vegetables and served in a spicy sauce, $11

• Ta-chien chicken — Chunks of chicken deep fried, then served with peppers, celery, snow peas, mushrooms and carrots in a spicy sauce, $11

• Szechuan chicken or shrimp — Spicy meat served with roasted pork rice or fried egg rice, egg roll or soup or soda, $8

1000 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 3, Suwanee



Open since: July 8

Owner: Chen Changyao

Location: Eastern China Taste is located at the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and McGinnis Ferry Road in the Publix shopping center. It is in between Great Clips and a dry cleaner.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

Atmosphere: The inside of Eastern China Taste is small. There are two tables, two booths and three seats at the window for dinners to use during their meal.

Guests order at the counter and their food is brought to them, but there is no server to take care of you. This is more a fast-casual setting.

“We do more take out than anything,” owner Chen Changyao said.

But if you do decide to dine in, the dining room is bright white and orange walls with wooden accents. There is one television to watch and there are several pieces of art on the walls with street scenes and cityscapes.

It doesn’t look like your typical Asian restaurant until you go to the register, where there are two lucky kitties and bamboo shoots.

After ordering the meal, guests can watch as the cooks create their dishes because the kitchen is open. People can watch as the cooks stir fry meats and vegetables in woks over a large flame.

“We wanted people to see us cooking,” Changyao said. “They should know where their food is coming from instead of hiding it.”

Menu: As the name implies, Eastern China Taste serves Chinese cuisine.

Changyao and his crew offer all of the favorites, including Mongolian beef, sesame chicken, General Tso’s chicken and egg drop soup.

Most plates are available in a small or large portion, to give patrons a chance to try several things.

“We wanted two sizes in case people want to try lots of stuff or share with other people,” Changyao said. “It gives more options.”

All of the sauces are made in-house, each with a distinct flavor, according to Changyao.

There are also vegetarian options with just vegetables and rice or tofu. If you want a variety of things, there are combination plates with meat, rice, soup or egg roll.

For those watching their calories, there is a diet menu — everything is steamed and your choice of sauce is served on the side.

One thing that Changyao has said that sells well — and not typically from China — are the wings.

“We use our special wing seasoning that we’ve been using for 20 years,” he said. “People love them.”

Things you might not know: There are four other locations: one in Dunwoody and three in New York City.


Eastern China Taste

Eastern China Taste