Szechuan Chef

Rating: One thumb down (Miko), one sideways (Jenne)
Date: 4/25/14
Time in: 12:49 PM
Time out: 1:45 PM
Servers’ recommendations: Mongolian beef, diced chicken with chili hot sauce, pepper-stir fried country style pork
What we ordered: Dumplings, the recommended pork dish, steamed pork buns, Chinese pancake, egg yolk pumpkin

Szechuan Chef 3
Sad mushy dumplings.  We didn’t even finish them!  We always finish dumplings.

 

Szechuan Chef 4
The pork dish was truly delightful.
Szechuan Chef 5
This was my favorite thing.  SO DELICIOUS.
Szechuan Chef 6
Fried pumpkin — it tasted like something you’d eat at a fair and then wish you hadn’t.
Szechuan Chef 7
Xiaolongbao…but ugh they were terrible.  Mushy wrappers, too-sweet broth, creepy meatball-like filling.

Number in our party: 2
Final check amount: $40.99
Price per person: $20.50

NOTES

  • The Chinese pancake was flaky, doughy, and delicious!
  • The pork dish was tasty and not too spicy.  It was especially good if you wrapped it in pieces of Chinese pancake.
  • The pumpkin tasted like it had been coated in boxed cake mix and fried.  It was very strange, especially since I’d been hoping for a light tempura.
  • Both of the dumpling dishes that we tried were terrible.  The wrappers on both were mushy, and the meat was flavorless.  The soup inside the xiaolongbao was viscous in a creepy way, and way too sweet.
  • We both felt gross after the meal.  I felt heavy and saturated in grease, and Jenne had a bad-food headache later that afternoon.
Szechuan Chef 1
Amusingly, all the vegetables on the menu just had photos of the whole vegetable rather than the prepared dish?
Szechuan Chef 2
The decor is very modern and non-Convoy.  Look at the exciting chandelier!

RESTAURANT INFORMATION  
Address: 4344 Convoy St
Phone number: 858.279.8881
Noise level: 3
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Parking: Shared lot — one of the best on Convoy.
Ideal group size: 2+

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