I usually spend Thanksgiving with Mrs. Doc's family in Philadelphia. This year was no exception as to geography. We have had some very memorable meals here. One being a Carmine Creole in Narbeth. restaurant ,4 years ago.
This time I feel compelled to report a Szechuan experience way beyond expectations. As good if not better than the best I have had.
I am told this place has been open for 9 months and from what I read there is no liquor license. I did not ask because we were not drinking.
The menu prints the relative heat of a dish on a scale of 1-10.
We started with Beef in Hot style sauce. 7 on the spice scale.
Rich medley of balanced spicy flavors. Quite hot.
Pork in garlic style sauce. Shreded in a rich sweet and spicy gravy. Not as spicy strong, but complex and delicious.
MaPo Tofu. Here the blend of spices really sing. The heat develops as you eat. I had described this dish in a restaurant in the suburbs of Chicago (near the Morton Arbouretum) as a little bowl of heaven. This was a home run.
Lastly we were presented with Taiwanese sausage with thin slices (ala Goodfella's when in prison) of fresh garlic. A tasty, somewhat sweet with a crispy skin red sausage.
My first ever disclaimer in my several years of chowhounding. One of the managers is my nephew through marriage. He is the tall handsome non Asian. We were fully expecting to pay for our meal, but were surprised to find that the meal was being comped by the owner.
One last note is that it is one block from the famous Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Parlour. That has appeared on the best thing I ever ate.
108 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3009