Capitol Hill features simple and authentic Szechuan cuisine. Choose from a varied menu including wonton soup, spicy green beans, Szechuan thousand chili chicken, Kung Pao squid and many more.
A very poor Szechuan restaurant. All service staff has very limited English-language skills as well as poor, rather cold telephone manner. Most dishes tend to use/have the lowest quality of everything---vegetables, meats, spicing, etc. Noodle dishes are mediocre at best; chow mein dishes in particular are oily and lack flavour. A minimum of $28 worth of product must be purched before house delivery is allowed. The restaurant itself is rather dirty and void of decore.
Over all, too high a price, too low a quality.
Starting April 2012, a new owner took over with new cooks. The menu looks similar except the prices. If you enjoyed the crunchy chow mein before, you'll be disappointed. The new cook doesn't make them crunchy anymore and cooks them with way too much oil. It had been good for several years but it's time for a new lunch place.
It was the best Szechuan restaurant around the Capitol Hill area at one time. The food had "zing" and blasted the customer with taste, there was "clinging" and "clanging" in the kitchen, and the cooks looked like they enjoyed making the food.
Those days seem to have been somewhat fazed out... Sure, if you're a working person and you're pressed for time, it's still decent, though there aren't enough "zings" in the meal anymore, and the Szechuan spice is long gone, as is the original owner.
Time and improvement may tell a better story. The new staff have to "smile" a bit more.
To all who have eaten at this long time institution April 2012 marked a sad passing to new ownership. It is now called Lucky Star, there is nothing lucky about it, if you like BAD chinese food this is the restaurant for you.The previous restaurant's food was good and spicy , portions were big, food had flavour., decor was lacking but they but they had heart. Now food lacked flavour , and watered down, prices went up quality went down. This restaurant used to have a large luncheon following now sits empty. They use the same menu as Sun Yee Cafe on 2128 Hastings st. Vancouver,BC. In a city with a large ethnic chinese following there are a lot of great restaurants, this is not it, unless they change the cook, they do not take well of your complaints. I wished the previous owner had not sold them the name, just because the name and decor changed the core has always been great food.
If you're craving Szechuan you can do worse than to come here. It's not mind-blowing, and the food was not as spicy as it should be. However, there is some chili oil on the table should you need it. Service was actually pretty good when we were there.