Was excited at the potential to have a good Szechuan place closer to my house so when I saw that Little Szechuan finally opened I booked on over to try it. I really want to like this place.
Full bar, tasteful decor, quick service and outdoor seating
The not as good:
The food (sadly)
The menu seems to be watered down for the suburban visitors to the West End from the original location in St Paul. No tripe, tongue or any of the more adventurous items that were present there.
Began with cocktails which were good - no complaints there. For starters we had potstickers and they were underwhelming. Szechuan dipping sauce was ok but the actual potsticker itself tasted underseasoned to me. I also didn't care for the wrapper. For my main, I ordered Fish Filet in Spicy Tofu Broth. Had an almost identical item at Grand Szechuan and at Szechuan a couple of weeks ago so I felt that I had a pretty good basis to compare. Definitely was spicy enough but the other flavors in the broth were under-developed compared to what I had at the other 2 restaurants. Husband who loves all things spicy wasn't impressed with the flavors here either. He ordered the Kung Pao Chicken since it was the only non breaded chicken dish and it was ok but definitely a mild dish. We also ordered the Fish Flavored Eggplant which was probably the best seasoned dish of the 3.
Overall we were disappointed but this is their first weekend so I will definitely give it another try. If anyone else has gone and has recommendations on dishes, please share.
Little Szechuan - West End
5377 16th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
2193 Snelling Ave N., Roseville, MN 55113
10602 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431