These are two metro-west Sichuan leaning places that attracted some attention a year ago, and I tried them both. I found Spicepepper to be actually pretty good and Asian Gourmet bracingly, well, authentic. They are in my drive-to-eat radius, ha ha.
As it turns out, Spicepepper put most of their rotating specials on a new big menu, link is below, use Google to translate. Asian Gourmet, which was kind of hit and miss but had an authentic section, now has a new chef. Link is below as well, sorry it's a PDF, but if you use Google Chrome there's a plug-in to force PDF's to load in Google Apps, which is a *must have* if you are subjected to PDF menus like me all the time.
If you've been in the last couple months, would love to know what you thought. These were not supposed to be on the level of Top Garden or Sichuan Garden Woburn, but certainly several steps up from typical fare.
AG has Teppenyaki curiously and SPG has sushi curiously. Gotta have your differentiators! AG has a strange, not in a good way for me, space, and SPG has about as pleasant a room given the building they got.
AG has gone through some name changes I think, and the Sushi place above is related. SPG was new last year.
295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
1921 Main St Ste 1, Tewksbury, MA 01876
36 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720