Boston Restaurant Blog -- July, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
For those who have had authentic Sichuan cuisine (or Szechuan cuisine, depending on how you prefer to spell it), you know that it can be really hot, as the use of chili oil is pretty big when it comes to this style of Chinese fare. One of my personal favorites for this cuisine is Sichuan Garden in Brookline Village, with the heat of the dishes generally being rather high there, but not so much as to kill the flavors of the food. Well, Sichuan Gourmet in Sharon, which we recently tried, appears to be pretty similar to this restaurant, though the heat factor seems higher, at least on our visit.
If the name "Sichuan Gourmet" sounds familiar, it might be because there are a few locations in the Greater Boston area, including ones in Billerica, Brookline, and Framingham. The Sharon location resides in a rather generic-looking strip mall about midway between the center of town and Route 95, and the generic feeling extends into the interior for the most part. The dining room includes a mix of tables and booths, with larger tables in the middle of the space for larger groups, and the combination of ceiling lights and wall lights keep the room bright, though not overly so. The room is not unattractive, but the rectangular shape and views of the parking lot outside never let you forget that you're in a shopping center.
The food items that we tried at Sichuan Gourmet in Sharon were mostly similar to dishes that we've had at the aforementioned Sichuan Garden in Brookline. The spicy wontons here, for instance, were a bit like the pork dumplings with chili vinaigrette at Sichuan Garden, but the wontons were red-hot, though the flavor of the pork and sesame seeds sprinkled on the outside came through just enough to make these a worthwhile option. Even hotter was the glass noodles and minced pork dish, with the food literally swimming in chili oil, and it continued to get hotter with each minute as the oil continued to seep into the pork. Unlike the wontons, the flavor was mostly drowned out by the heat, though what flavor could be had was very good. The chicken with napa cabbage didn't seem quite as hot as the noodle and pork dish, and the cilantro on top added a nice brightness to the soup-like meal. Service was friendly and quick overall, and the prices were about what you would expect from a suburban Chinese dining spot.
It was an impressive first visit to Sichuan Gourmet, as the food seemed fresh and put together well, and it wasn't really Americanized at all, unlike so many other Chinese restaurants in the suburbs. Future visits may include a few dishes that tone down the heat a bit, however, probably avoiding those items that have two or three chili peppers next to them on the menu.
If you would like the address for Sichuan Gourmet in Sharon, here it is: Sichuan Gourmet, 388 South Main Street, Sharon, MA, 02067. Phone: (781) 784-6698
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Mara K. said:
This is our favorite Chinese restaurant in our area (Brockton area). I suggest these on future visits: the dan dan noodles, old Sichuan chicken (this is better in the resto than it is at takeout b/c they include cabbage with black vinegar that doesn't get included with takeout), any of the kung bao dishes, cumin-flavored lamb (or beef), mapo tofu, double-cooked bacon, fish fillet and sour cabbage soup, zha jiang noodles, chengdu sweet and spicy noodles, and the meatballs with vegetable Sichuan style (this is basically everything we've tried there that I've ordered more than once).
Posted on 7/15/13
I haven't been here in years, but it used to be the only place one could get sesame noodles in the area.
Posted on 7/29/13
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