This is the new Sichuan place that opened up earlier this year in the strip mall on Summer Street. The food and service were excellent, especially for a very crowded Saturday night. In fact, we had to sit at the bar or wait, so we decided to sit at the bar - which worked out just fine. The line was out the door by the time we left.
We ate apps of spicy shredded tripe and pan-fried dumplings. Both were excellent. The tripe was tender, flavorful and sichuan peppercorn spicy (but not too spicy). The dumplings were not pre-made/frozen. I ate the noodle soup with shredded pork and pickled vegetables. The noodles could have been home made, there were uneven pieces and they tasted fresh. But the best part was the broth, which was very flavorful, with a nice round mouthfeel - outstanding umami, with a chicken base and pork, some oil on top. I hope this isn't another case of a Chinese restaurant opening with the first-run chicken soup, planning to downgrade later when the clientele is well established, which I believe was the case with Sichuan Gourmet (I was told that this is SOP for Chinese restaurants).
My sons ate the Sauteed beef with cumin, and a spicy beef and tofu dish. Both were... spicy. And good.
They share some dishes with the Sichuan Gourmet and Sichuan Garden. But there are a lot of different dishes here, or it seems that way, perhaps because they aren't afraid of publishing the offal dishes on the English menu.
Over all, a very good first impression. With a menu full of items like Boiled Pork Blood, Intestines, Fish Filet and Tripe (all one dish with 3 peppers), what's not to like? Don't worry - they also have General Tso's...
7 Summer Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824