Tuesday 4 November 2008

Spicy Sichuan Restaurant

Should have the direct line for the fire brigade programmed into the speed dial and it would be a good idea to ensure your health’s insured before stepping into this restaurant. Ok, it’s not that bad, but there’s a major risk of ring burn downstairs if you have too much of the hot stuff. Have a carton of full cream Diary Farmers ready.

It is the cuisine from Sichuan they serve up here, renowned for their fiery flavours. The place has a regal Chinese feel to it, and no expense is spared with the grand murals, glass covered table tops with the Asian trimmings fit for an Empress. Certainly living up to the restaurant’s name, the food is spicy, with most things tasting of hot from the chilli, dried chilli, chilli oil and anything else you can think of with chilli in it. Stir fried bitter melon, stewed beef, vermicelli and the connected fried pork and chive dumplings provide some respite to the barrage of spiciness.

But it’s the strangely named “Multi Flavoured Chicken” that’s one of the reasons people flock. Sliced chicken on the bone drowns in a scarlet pool of oil, chilli, garlic and other secret ingredients garnished with roasted peanuts and sliced spring onion. I’m not going to lie to you, whilst the chicken annoyingly has far too much skeletal tissue, the red liquid is extremely tasty. Tasty in the evil kind of way because if you drank the stuff, it’s a guaranteed way to clog up the arteries. Doubled cooked pork is untrimmed but that’s a good thing, the fat glistens and adds extra flavour as it’s stir fried in another tasty yet mild (in comparison to most) chilli oil mixture. A must is the “would you like any meat with your dried chilli”, the lightly coated fried chicken littered with what T likes to dub “bastard bombs”, little Sichuan peppercorns and ginger shoots. It could be a window to weight gain but that’s unlikely to happen as those little bombs cause a numbing tingling sensation that may cause fears that you may never taste again. Either that or because you’ve become senseless and delirious from the heat, you’ll just eat more.

Repeat visits won’t hurt your bank balance as it’s reasonably good value, but something else might be hurting in the region most people keep their wallets.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? 1-9 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW
What? Entrees $10, Mains $20

1 comment:

Unknown said...

who leaves their wallet in their bum?

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