Yearning for some spicy food in the course of the current wet chilly spell we went alongside to Szechwan Zen, understanding that’s simply what we might get. Now situated in Newcastle Street, and in smaller premises than the older place within the sq. in William Street, each the eating room and the menu have gotten smaller, however not the spice ranges of the food served.
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 fashion.
Another factor to recollect concerning the numerous Szechwan locations round city is the dimensions of the serves – they are surely designed for teams and with simply the 2 of us we determined one principal can be all we would have liked – thus it proved, with nonetheless round 1 / 4 of the dish taken away for later.
You can design your personal hotpot right here so that’s the course we took – selecting six elements to enter a dry type dish, with a few others already within the base combine (capsicum, potato) – fish fillets, shitake mushrooms, squid tentacles, fish tofu, Chinese broccoli and eggplant – after which it was all put along with a great whack of dried, fried chilli and Szechwan pepper. Once once more you possibly can select from 5 spice ranges – we went for extremely popular, leaving the highest word, extraordinarily scorching, for an additional day.
Spicy it was, with all of the flavours of chilli and pepper build up an excellent head of steam – the fish, squid, tofu and greens all well-cooked, tender, recent, crunchy because the case could also be – and most of all fulfilling our craving for warmth. A bowl of rice was all we would have liked as an accompaniment (wine apart!) and nonetheless, as I stated earlier, a lot left over for a takeaway.
As for drinks – they haven’t retained the licence from the previous place and byo is the order of the day.
Szechwan Zen keep the standard of the food for which they constructed their popularity in William Street – spicy, generously sized dishes – wonderful worth for cash.