4 of us - others there for the first time except me.
1) Sesame crusted scallion bread - half order - all the starch we needed. How do they cover the surface so densely with sesame seeds? Baked to perfection. Perfect for mopping up the juices from the plate.
2) Lamb with cumin - this is their signature dish. Thinly sliced lamb, dry fried with red chile powder and cumin - forget lamb chops at AOC - this is what lambs wish for when approaching the abbatoir!
3) Beef with leeks - my wife loves their lamb with leek dish - so I ordered this instead - this was simply great, as it stood up to the lamb dish quite well. Nice wok flavor, not too salty, with a small hint of black beans.
4) Two flavored shrimp - this was also very good - half plate of white sauteed shrimp in a lightly coated cornstarched translucent sauce, and half plate of day-glo orange colored shrimp - crispy shrimp in a very light batter, deep fried and then sauced with what looked like orange chicken sauce - but much better - slight hint of sweetness.
5) Mao erduo - I had considerable difficulty making them understand this dish - I wrote it in caps, then said the english version (cat's ear noodles) - then the light bulb went off - ah ha - this is written on the menu as macaroni in three flavors - the noodles does look like cat's ears - and of all the dishes today, this was good, but did not stand out. I was tempted to order one of the sliced dough dishes with scallions and beef - next time. Also one of the Sichuan boiled dishes - these are not as good as Oriental Pearl's - but good nonetheless.
Bargain at $44 + tips!