Sichuanese Dinner at Spicy City 重庆麻辣成 in San Gabriel, CA
Walking into Spicy City last Sunday night, we were caught off guard by the new furnishings and new tableware/settings. The servers had to reassure us that that was all that changed with the restaurant. They still have the same chefs and still churn out delicious Sichuanese food that we’ve grown to love over the last 4 years.
Even their menus are new, although I preferred the old menus as they had photos of all the menu items, making it easier to identify what you want to order and what else looks tempting to try.
Food is almost as good as the last time we ate here. There were a couple of noticeable changes. The Rattan Pepper Fish didn’t seem to have the depth of flavors as before. There was definitely Ma (numbing quality from the Sichuan peppercorns), but not enough La (spiciness from the chiles). The Lamb Chops were tasty, but they’re really serving you lamb ribs as opposed to lamb chops, where you’d expect a nice portion of meat attached to the bone (which was what we had the last time we were here several months ago).
Other than that, we enjoyed the food and appreciated them fulfilling a couple of requests, such as preparing the Fried Shrimp with Red Chilis with shelled shrimps rather than with the whole shrimp (shell and head attached).
And while we didn’t take advantage of ordering desserts, we were served complimentary plates watermelon and assorted moon cakes (as this the time of the Chinese Autumn Festival).
As always, click on the thumbnail to enlarge the photo.