A Szechuan restaurant in Burnaby near Metrotown.
A group of us were looking for Szechuan food in Burnaby and this place had a free table. In we went and sampled the cuisine.
The service was great, and the place was reasonably clean, including the unisex w/c.
We had hot and sour soup, lamb with green onion and chilis, beef with chilis and tofu, which were all quite hot, but nicely prepared. We also had some ‘not hot’ items including potstickers, wontons in soup, and shanghai noodles. All were fine. The tofu beef was especially good, and the rest were merely satisfactory.
This restaurant seemed popular and there was nothing wrong with the food, but I just felt that there was nothing outstanding to be found here. It was a good place to eat on a rainy night, but I won’t crave a repeat meal here.
I went there today and thought it might serve the same food, with a slight different style of cooking as the one in crystal mall. Low and behold it was different. Me and my fiance ordered the spicy fish, lamb with cumin, fried long beans and hot and sour soup.
The first dish to arrive was the spicy fish, it was spicy and bland. You couldn't really taste any other flavour. It looked to be cooked purely in oil and from the recipes I have seen it is started off with water and then the hot pepper and other spices are fried in the oil to get all the flavour out. Once the fish is cooked with additional flavouring the oil portion is added and cooked a little longer. The fish however was tender and seemed to be fresh. I think they have a big pot of the soup and put fresh fish in when it is ordered.
The lamb in cumin was tough and seemed over cooked. Or it was previously cooked and reheated, which caused tha lamb to be tougher than it should be. There was too much flavour and I was sure that I felt grains of salt in my mouth.
The fried long bean was the best of all the dishes, but it is far from the best that I had. The flavour was just right, but the beans seemed overcooked where the skin was all burnt and curled. THey might have done the same thing as reheating the portion and serving it.
The hot and sour soup is to die from, it was too sour and tasted like I was drinking from a vinegar bottle. Before they even set the soup on the table I smelled vinegar. I know this is the szechuan style hot and sour soup, but compared to the cantonese one it isn't all that good.
The service was good, and they even changed the soup without protest when we told them it was too sour.
Looking at the price of the whole dinner, I suggest going to the place in Crystal mall.
After reading the reviews here, I went to try this place but I really wanted to say I was so regret. The food was not fresh at all and the service was too bad. Well, can you believe it? The waiter and a customer were fighting in the restaurant! I'm not sure if the 'customer insulting' might be their marketing strategy.
Too disappointed, would not come back here again.
Went there for the first time on recommendation from a friend. Was definitely worth it. Very simple and plain, but without the layer of grime some places of this ilk have. The waitress was very friendly and helpful as we perused the somewhat unfamiliar menu (we're regulars at the likes of ChongQing on Commercial and New Grandview on Fraser - both great). Many of the items on the menu sound the same (eg. Szechuan style) but we were told they aren't, so ask before deciding if you're tempted by two similar sounding dishes. We had the Szechuan style beef with sprouts - it was delicious - very flavourful and spicy, but a little oily. We had the marinated duck, which was nice enough - mild, crispy skinned, and tender, if a little bland by comparison. We also had the beans with ground pork - again delicious - pork was fried to a crisp, although the beans were slightly overdone and the garlic not for the faint of heart. The portions were ample and we ended up with lots of leftovers.
We're looking forward to going back to try more stuff. Yum!
Only go here if you want authentic Szechuan food. If you are expecting mainstream westernized Chinese food, this place is NOT for you! This is the only restaurant that had "Shui Zhu Yu" (water boiled fish) done right - contrary to what the name may suggest, the fish should actually come in pure hot oil as opposed to water when it gets to your table, the spices are scooped out at the table and fish will continue to be cooked the entire meal, it taste better after a while as the spices simmers in and the fish is kept hot by the oil. Ordered a couple of other dishes and all came out authentic, this place is as close to authentic Szechuan food as you can get outside of China.
Me and my friend went to try szechuan style chinese food .
We ordered fried lamb with cumin and steamed rice
Mutton was very less and there was more of onions , green pepper and celery.
Onion had some weird smell, either its spoiled or about to be spoiled
Steamed rice was ok.
Its expensive too. Dont go unless you dont have any choice
"Spicy and numbing", this is an excellent Szechuan restaurant, but you have to be able to take spice, and is adventurous enough to try new things to fully enjoy it.
I love their water-boiled fish. It's a large bowl of thin-slicked fish put into spicy oil. When it comes in front of you, the appearance might scare you due to all the chili and sichuan peppercorn, but it is sure very tasty and very spicy, goes excellent with rice.
Their dan dan noodle (Szechuan styled noodle) is also excellent, it's very authentic. They actually use sichuan peppercorn in the noodle!
I have been to this place several times. I am not an expert in Szechuan cuisine, but I order from the "Chef Specials" every time, and the food never fails me.
If you are coming here for ordinary Chinese food, then there is nothing outstanding here. But if you have never tried Szechuan cuisine before, and are able to take the spice and are courageous enough to try something new, then you will love this place.