Tonight 12 of us gathered to try the "Classic Szechuan Dishes" menu at Mandarin Gourmet Restaurant in Palo Alto. Thanks to Melanie Wong for organizing. I'll leave it to the rest of the group to add their comments and pictures.
Here's what we ordered:
Cucumber with Spicy Numbing Sauce
Cold Shredded Bean curd with Sesame Oil
Sliced Pork with Spicy Garlic
Hot & Spicy Beef Combination aka "Husband & Wife"
Spicy Numbing Beef Tendon
Sliced Chicken with House Spicy Sauce
Spicy Chicken Wings in Chongqing Style (ordered extra spicy)
Stir Fried Pork Kidney
Poached Beef in Hot Chili Oil (ordered extra spicy)
Fish Fillet Buried in Chili Pepper Soup
Pickled Mustard with Fish Fillet
Pickled Chili with Baby Cuttlefish
Szechuan Dan-Dan Noodle (2 orders)
Stir Fried Sour Shredded Potato
Stir Fried Hot Cabbage
Eggplant in Hot Garlic Sauce Szechuan Style
Szechuan Tofu aka "Mapo Tofu" (ordered extra spicy)
(Dining companions: I think that's everything but please add to the list if I've forgotten a dish or 2...)
Mandarin Gourmet Restaurant
420 Ramona St.
Palo Alto CA 94301
Open 7 days