I went to Banyan Tree for lunch and when I arrived I was surprised to find that Banyan Tree is now Sichuan Fortune. This is a new Sichuan restaurant that just opened up recently in Pleasant Hill. Inside the decor is very bare, they took down a lot of the Banyan Tree decor and repainted the place.
Since it was a little colder than usual, I decided to go with something spicy. I ordered the Water Boiled Beef. When the dish came it had a nice dollop of garlic and the beef was swimming in sichuan chili oil and peppers. From a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 7-8, it's above average good and very authentic, but I was hoping for more Sichuan pepper taste--it did have very good numbing effect though. Oh I also got free pickle with candy peanuts with sesame.
I took a to-go menu looking at the menu they offer a lot of Sichuan dishes you wouldn't find in regular restaurant. Here are a few sample (translating from Chinese):
Spicy beer with duck in claypot
Spicy General Zhangfei beef (not General Zhao's chicken by the way)
Catfish braised with roasted garlic
Hot and sour and spicy cold green pea jelly
Sea cucumber with braised pork shoulder
They also have the usual Sichuan flare:
Husband and wife beef
Cumin beef or lamb
I chit chated with the manager for about 5 min. and apparently the chef is also the owner of the restaurant. I wonder where the chef worked before. Manager also mentioned my Water Boiled beef was a very toned down (Spicy wise) version because of it's location in Pleasant Hill and clientele. I hope to try out a few more dishes in the next week weeks and I'll report back. If anyone wants to do a chowdown at the restaurant there I can talk to the manager to arrange something.
41 Woodsworth Ln.
Pleasant Hill, CA
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