Brookline: Sichuan Garden

Let's Eat by Kitty Kaufman

Sichuan Garden is a chain of two; the other is in Woburn. The Brookline place on Washington Street in the village opened in 1997.

Our group is traditional when it comes to ordering. This means we pass on chili rabbit, ox with tripe, and jelly fish with pesto. But what we do like is all there: scallion pancakes, boneless spare ribs, crab rangoon, spring rolls and satay along with sesame noodles, dan dan noodles, vegetable dumplings, wings, fingers, ribs and kebabs.

Their signature dishes: roast duck à la Beijing, tea smoked duck, duck à la Chengdu, crispy whole fish, sea scallops, fish with roasted chili, prawns à la Chengdu, fish à la Sichuan, filet mignon are on file for a hot and spicy next time.

On the soup side, while there are exciting things like fish with pickled mustard greens, and seafood soup for two, we were happy with vegetables in broth, and the hot and sour got passed around.

Seafood: steamed whole fish; crispy prawns in tangerine, black bean, citrus, garlic, chili peanut, sesame and Grand Marnier sauces. Vegetarians will find pea pods with water chestnuts, shiitake with bok choy, sauteed field greens, sauteed eggplant, broccoli, spinach, string beans, and green pepper dishes.

They're always happy to see us. We're partial to their mai tais and Amstel Light. Lunch starts at 11:30 and you can have their specials until 3. Street parking is sometimes tight so try the lot at Town Hall even though you have to feed the meters until 8.
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