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Lunch at Ba Ren Szechuan, San Diego (review, long)

Gypsy Jan | Mar 14, 200610:45 PM

The people and the restaurant continues to amaze and delight me.

Yes, the food is always outstanding, but the welcoming friendliness of Wendy and the staff is something that really gets my attention.

In past visits, I've been with a group, so when I came in today just on my own, I didn't say anything about my former visits. I was just simply, a single, white, working female solo diner.

Ba Ren provided me with a warm welcome and a fine lunch.

The outside of the restaurant is not that impressive, and it's location on a side street well out of the Convoy St. concentration of Asian restaurants has made me wonder if they would survive.

No worries; 2:00 pm on a Tuesday in a strange, Twilight Zoneish suburban, isolated and deserted side street in the Clairemont suburb, the restaurant was busy with customers, Asians and Caucasions.

My lunch? Hot pepper prawns. Wow. Three different levels of chile peppers, green onions, garlic, ginger and crunchy, oily cornstarch covered shrimp. The funny thing is that after the spice started to take over my taste buds, I started shivering. What's up about that?

Wendy noticed that my nose and eyes were running (like every other patron's, who I heard sniffling as they left) and brought me more napkins. I joked that that she should put Kleenex boxes on the tables.

Great food and very nice people in a beautiful restaurant interior.

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