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Restaurants & Bars

Sichuan Restaurant (Acton Town Tube)

JFores | Dec 6, 200804:00 PM     11

I just had an excellent meal at Sichuan Restaurant in Acton. It was a bit of a trek from where I live (and it's not exactly next to the tube) but it was beyond worth it. I'll be back for sure.

Upon entering they were very friendly and quickly gave us water (and prawn crackers BUT I think you can get peanuts if you ask for them instead. I hate prawn crackers so I would've much preferred them, but they seemed to only give them to Chinese customers and the one table that requested them instead.) We ended up ordering the double cooked pork, the chilli fried pork trotters, and the chilli fried lamb. The lamb came first and the other two followed in rapid succession. We shared one portion of rice between the two of us for the whole meal so as to treat it more like a banquet than anything else; it would've been very hard to finish everything if we got more rice. We didn't even finish the single portion of it, actually.

The staff were really friendly and incredible (for the UK) at refilling water (and eventually tea.) Also, they were eager to chat and very interested in our choice of food and our desire for authentic spicing (it was.)

The lamb came covered literally in a pile of dried chillies and the lamb beneath them was awesome. It bordered on melt in your mouth and was delicious. Also, it was loaded with Sichuan peppercorns, but they were a bit old as there was very little if any numbing throughout the meal (despite a huge number of them.)

The hui guo rou was quite good as well, but it's was cut a bit thick for my taste (some pieces were and some weren't.) Also, the leaks with it seemed a bit old or far up the stem as they weren't cooked perfectly. Everything else about it was really good though. I was very happy to see fermented black beans in a dish in the UK as well (Snazz Sichuan didn't seem to use any.)

Our last dish (and maybe the best) were the pigs feet. They came with a similar presentation to the lamb, but the plate was loaded with wonderfully gelatinous pigs trotters. Their flavor and texture were both lovely, but I'd admit that the texture probably isn't for everyone. All in all though, great dish. Really pleased with it and it was cheaper than the others. The staff was great to bring out finger dipping bowls to clean our hands with after gnawing every last morsel off the bones without us saying a word about it.

I need to get back here and try an aubergine dish that I saw as well as at least three others that I circled. All in all a great experience and WORLDS better than Snazz Sichuan in both food and service (no ma po do fu that tastes like it has ketchup in it and no waiter who was refusing us tap water and doggedly insisting on us buying alcohol.)

Make sure you ask for ma la or even extra ma la. The waitress will seem skeptical if you're white, but just reiterate.

Justin

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