I celebrated Chinese New Year with my father's and step mother's favorite restaurant. They like spicy stuff and claimed that this place has the real thing. Better than the declining Szechuan Home just accross from it.
The restaurant is medium sized place with standard chinese restaurant decor - nice. There was a taiko drum near the door for decoration.
Here are the dishes we ordered:
Spicy combinations: thinly sliced beef and tripe marinated in reddish spicy sauce. It is not numbingly hot and has good flavor.
Szechwan Home Style Chicken: coarse slices of white meat chicken immersed in the often seen oily red spicy sauce. It's not numbing hot. It's not my favorite, not much flavor IMO.
Kidney(?) sauteed with celery and dried red chilis: the kidney was sliced thin and had the criss-cross patterns to enhance the flavor. This was numbing hot and will sear anyone's tongue. Not for the faint of heart ! It's good actually but I hate the numbing sensation afterwards.
Braised Pork Shoulder: this was large piece of shoulder meat with plenty of the fat still clinging. The sauce is brownish in color and slightly salty in taste. I could taste the strong pork flavor which actually reduce the pleasure.
Smoked tea duck: fatty duck slices with crackling skin (fried?). It's not like peking duck. Tasted a bit like KFC. Again , not my fave.
Golden Lake House Special fish: huge bowl of white flesh fish in small pieces with clear thin noodles. Whole thing is immersed in a very salty broth. The chef also added huge amount of floating dried red chilles. Too salty for me.
Dry Cooked Green Beans: green beans are fried until slightly charred and minced pork and garlics were added for flavor. Good version.
Our dessert was deep fried sweet potato cake. The fillings were the dark sweet beans paste. We also got a small bowl of assorted things such as shredded jellies in a semi-sweet water. The desserts were excellent IMO.
Service was good in the beginning and got worse as more crowds dined. It's standard for these kinds of places, I think.
It definitely intriguing. Some of the dishes were new to me. More explorations of the dishes are needed in this place. It definitely tasted authentic and on par with the much acclaimed Szechuan Home of the old days.