After our disappointing dinner last night at Sichuan Village we were pleased to have a chance to go to China Star this evening and do a sort of side-by-side comparison. This time we had another couple with us, so we were able to order a few more dishes, including one new one from their specials menu.
There is no question, China Star is far superior to Sichuan Village. The place was also packed, just like SV was last night, but the service was far smoother and faster. We ordered the pumpkin cakes as an appetizer, and indeed they arrived before everything else. Then we had the ma po tofu and dry-cooked string beans, affording a direct comparison with last night's version, the pickled mustard green fish, and a special dish of sauteed chicken with garlic chives. All of these dishes were exemplary, especially the fish and the ma po tofu. The tofu was silky, wonderfully flavorful and just lovely all around, and the fish had great flavor and very interesting combination of texture. The string beans were done very well, though perhaps a bit saltier than they needed to be, and the chicken was just great--amazingly tender texture and a subtle flavor that was a nice foil to the other, stronger, flavors.
All together this was a much better experience than last night. China Star still has the upper hand.