Ruiji Sichuan Restaurant 瑞吉川菜 in Lomita, CA
Hard to believe that there’s been a true Sichuan restaurant in the South Bay area of Los Angeles (communities south of LAX) for almost 2 years now before I finally discovered them. The prices here are slightly higher than the Sichuan restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, but the quality of their food pretty much rival the excellent ones in San Gabriel Valley.
The menu is huge and offers a wonderful variety of Sichuan dishes and more. The dishes offer a good enough of a kick but not to the point where the spiciness would overpower the layers of flavors that exude from every dish from the very first bite. And while most of the dishes were delicious, there were a couple of under-performing dishes, such as the Corn laced with Salted Egg Yolk and the Wontons in Spicy Chili Oil. The corn was too sweet and had too much of the salted duck egg yolks dusted over them. It ate more like a dessert than savory goodness. The wontons tasted one dimensional, especially from the sauce the wontons were served with.
Other than that, it was a great dinner. With so many offerings on their menu, we would have to make a couple of return visits in the future.