I noticed this place earlier in the week after dim sum at the Fremont branch of the Asian Pearl empire. The dim sum was good, but that place is a known quantity and I'd not even heard of Spicy Town. I'd love to know what the Chinese name of this place is because it brings to mind, at least for those of my near geriatric set, Lipps Inc, 'Funky Town'. I wanted to report that the food is very interesting and well executed. I do think I we got the 'white boy' treatment, the chile quotient was way down and that's largely my fault for showing up with three little kids, and two other adults, all but two without dark hair, and only one of us capable of using chopsticks. One of our party drank all the water nonetheless.
Its sort of big room with stylized huge Chrysanthemum wall paper. There are bigger booths along one wall and smaller booths in the rest of the room. The fish swim along with the crabs and other critters in tanks next to the kitchen. its kind of a modern dark room. Nice place.
We had brown mushrooms stir fried with onions, dry chiles, garlic and smoked pork (didn't notice and didn't miss and I am a big fan of smoked pork in all its glory). The mushrooms identified as brown mushrooms had small circular caps and long stems. There was a nice hit from the Sichuan peppercorns, I think they were infused because there was no grittiness to the dish. We also had fish fillets braised with pickled chiles, garlic and shredded cabbage and some kind of very thin or thinly cut white noodle. The cooling dish was peeled cucumbers cooked with wood ear mushrooms and stock. We also had chow mein for the kids. I saw some interesting things on that menu and interesting dishes going out to other patrons. Two men were eating something that looked like a thinner stretchier version of dukk, like a truly wide and stretchy chow fun noodle with all sorts of red goodies in the dish.
Well worth checking out. It was $65 for the meal before tip, which given the spilled tea, rice all over the place mess the under 10 set left, was truly deserved.
I've dined at China Village a number of times, and a few other Sichuan places and this place is at least at that level. I'd love to come back here with folks who really get this food.
43683 Boscell Rd, Fremont, CA 94538
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