After reading everyone's raves about Sichuan Garden in Brookline, I finally made it over there last night and had a great meal with four other people. I've posted the review below, but first I have a question for the 'Hounds...
In reading about Sichuan garden on the boards, people have referred to an english translation of the chinese menu. I asked if such a thing existed last night, but they said they didn't have it...Is there a secret handshake? Or is this english translation urban legend?
On to the review...
- Scallion pancakes - Superb! Less greasy than most and a bit more doughy (which I really like).
- Vegetable dumplings - quite good. nice filling but I think I'm still partial to the dumplings at Qingdao Garden.
- Chengdu (sp?) spicy chicken - recommended by our server when we asked for a suggestion for something more authentic. Very spicy! I think some of my friends were struggling with the spiciness but I really enjoyed the dish.
- Whole crispy fried fish (don't know the dish name) - Really great. Probably my favorite dish. I wish I knew what the dish name was because the sauce for the fish was really good.
- Spicy eggplant - well cooked (not overdone) and a great spicy sauce. A couple of my friends enjoyed this dish the best
- Some unknown dish of chinese vegetables with bamboo shoots - this dish was also a recommendation from our server and it was the big disappointment. The dish seemed to be mostly cucumbers in a very gelatinous liquid. The major problem was it lacked any noticeable flavor. It probably didn't help that everything else we ordered was very strongly flavored.
Anyway, that was my first experience at Sichuan garden. I really want to go back and try it again and order some very different things. Perhaps I can find this elusive english translation of the chinese menu...