Szechwan Zen, beforehand situated within the purchasing sq. up the highest of William Street, has moved to new premises in Newcastle Street – a spot that till just lately housed Malay restaurant, Impressive Cuisine. The new place is smaller than earlier than and the menu at lunch considerably contracted and they don’t, but at the very least have a licence – though byo is ok.
Szechwan delicacies originated within the south west of China and is characterised by pungent and spicy flavours ensuing from the liberal use of garlic, chilli, ginger and star anise and the distinctive flavour of Szechwan pepper – this has an intensely aromatic, virtually citrus like flavour which produces a numbing sensation within the mouth – and we do benefit from the type.
Remembering from earlier visits to the previous place, the dimensions of the serves, we determined to go for simply two mains, plus rice – even so we didn’t get by means of all of it, and my eating mate went off with a full takeaway container for later.
Our first dish, and one we’ve got had earlier than was spicy boiled fish fillets -it got here in a big bowl, crammed to the brim with oil a lot tender, juicy fillets of fish, with a thick layer of dried chillies and Szechwan pepper corns floating on the floor. The chillies are so as to add flavour to the oil and fish relatively than eat in their very own proper – so the thought is to push most of them to the aspect and spoon the fish over the rice. The fish was as I stated splendidly tender, superbly flavoured – if fairly spicy. We had ordered the small serve – I can solely guess how huge the massive serve was!!
Next a dish of spiced fried squid – fortunately this was a a lot smaller serve than the fish and we have been capable of get via it – crisply fried squid, topped with chilli, onion and capsicum – the squid very tender and whereas not overly spicy, pleasantly so.
Szechwan Zen’s transfer definitely has not affected the standard of the meals served – when you just like the spicy meals of this specific Chinese area you’ll not be dissatisfied – keep in mind a number of the dishes are very massive so take a wholesome urge for food or a number of buddies alongside.