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“Authentic Sichuan Cuisine Comes to Maine”
Review of Sichuan Kitchen

Sichuan Kitchen
Ranked #132 of 640 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Description: Restaurant serving authentic Chinese Sichuan Cuisine.
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Description: Restaurant serving authentic Chinese Sichuan Cuisine.
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Portland has many excellent Thai and Japanese restaurants but has been trailing the major metro areas of the country in authentic Chinese fare. At last, real Sichuan cooking is available in Portland. My wife and I have eaten here twice and had the pork buns both times (excellent), dumplings, the green beans and pork, the pork chef special (very thinly sliced flavorful pork), and the fish dish served in a wonderful spicy broth. The fish is delicate but the texture is slimy, so people not familiar with real Sichuan cooking might not like that. I loved it and was sopping up the interesting broth. The flavors of this cooking style combine chili oil, Chinese peppercorns, and other ingredients in producing wonderful subtle flavors. All in all, everything we've had here so far has been on par with the best we've had in New York and San Francisco. A welcome addition to Portland!

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner here the other night. Our waitress was attentive and polite. We had a few small plates and split the noodle entree and we loved every bite of it. So good and reasonably priced!
The only issue we had was the atmosphere and another waitress in the area. You need to make sure the door is closed firmly behind you or the wind will blow it open. This waitress will exclaim out loud about it and how they just finally heated up the place. Happened several times during the time we were there. There was no need to voice it like she did.

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Thank Kim L
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

It is great to see Szechuan cuisine find a place in Portland. This place is doing well to reintroduce the subtle flavors of this regional Chinese cooking. The place is upbeat, the full bar appreciated, and attentive wait-staff. However - do try to ask for your dishes to be less salty! Almost tragically , these beautiful dishes are smothered by too much say. In may be in the type of Soy products that are being used. My the subtleties are lost by the overwhelming flavor of salt. AND one more note: the number of vegetarian dishes are quite few. We will certainly try again. This place needs support. try again.

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Thank painter04646
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We had lunch in this newly opened restaurant on Congress Street. Our experience was amazing! We were greeted promptly, seated and served with water immediately. The server explained the menu and made a few recommendations. We followed her recommendations to the letter and we were extremely happy with our choices! The Zhong Dumplings came with a delicious sauce, spicy, but not over-hot, flavored with garlic. But the highlight was the Sichuan Poached Fish. It would have been a moderately high price for a single lunch, but two of us shared it and we could not finish it! Full of fish, tasty broth and lots of vegetables served with rice. A completely different spice combination from the dumplings, but fragrant and wonderful. We have eaten at many Aisan restaurants, here in Portland and elsewhere, but this food had a very unique flavor and quality that we had never experienced before. We plan to return again and again!

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Thank Barrbrown
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

I went here as a celebration dinner.The staff seemed slightly confused with a smidge of rude. The portion sizes were extremely small. I know it is shared plates but for the price tag it wasn't worth it at all,to get full you have to share several plates. Let's say 1 person orders an appetizer, an entrée and two drinks. You have just spent $30ish dollars and you will have a full belly, but if you think you are gonna be fine with that as a couple, good luck (sharing is not an option). The same goes for the Sake situation, simply dont bother ordering it, my server was no help and again it was overpriced. Please be prepared to spend about $70/$80 and hopefully be satisfied if it is a couple,$120/150 if its a group if your lucky. Or eat and drink before you go so you won't be as dissappointed as I was. Also for those prices I would think the decor would be a little nicer. On a good note the food is delicious just a little on the light/skimp side.

Thank summerblisscc
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