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New Sichuan Restaurant: Hao Sze Chuan in West Haven/Milford CT

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New Sichuan Restaurant: Hao Sze Chuan in West Haven/Milford CT

Cookiephage | Sep 26, 2009 07:22 PM

My family had gotten wind of this 3-week old restaurant next to the Hong Kong Grocery branch on Route 1 a little down the road from University of New Haven.

The restaurant is still getting on its feet- there are only 2-3 menus available for a 40-seat space. The menu is half-Chinese half-English; between 3 families, we ordered a large variety of dishes. While we had some really spectacular fish stew dishes- the green pickled chili fish pot was really excellent as was the more traditional sichuanese peppercorn fish stew, the beef tendon was a miss for me as it was too chewy, and the kung pao chicken (traditionally oil-crisped on the outside) was over-fried. The vegetables were fresh- we ordered off the menu the Chinese hollow-stemmed greens. The dishes were well-seasoned and balanced; we requested the chef liberally apply chilis/peppercorns to taste (as we are all Hunanese/Sichuanese and very partial to spicy food). For 8 people and 9 dishes and brown rice, the bill came to just about $120. By the way, Yale employees have a 10% discount.

The service was really pleasant and the lady in charge is very friendly. We were given complimentary desserts and encouraged to spread the good word. It's too early to tell how the final version of the restaurant will look, but the chef from Chengdu is one of the better I have had in Southern CT.

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