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Posted by anonymous on 07/01/2013
I've been ordering (mostly to go) since they opened. There have been some ups and downs with the food and service but it now seems like the really have it together. I like eating at the restaurant with friends or ordering in when I'm lazy or vant to be alone. Everything I've tried has been great. I especially like the chinese menu with that Malah (however you spell it) pepper, fragrant and spicy... I love Gran Sich and it's earned this praise. Waiting for some Sauteed Gai Lan and Crab soup dumplings to arrive as i write this..
Posted by EastFeaster on 10/03/2012
Been ordering from and going to this place for the 2 years or so since it opened. The food can sometimes be super-special, other times absolutely inedible. First off you should like Spicy because the food us generally very spicy with Sczheduan Pepper which I love. The 2nd thing is you better not be on a low-salt diet because sometimes I could swear they accidently pour a whole box of salt into every dish. This I don't like and they could save money and make friends if they'd back off on the salt. The service is sometimes fast sometimes nonexistent. The ladies who pick up the phone run from really nice and helpful to I want to run over there with a baseball bat and teach them some manners. It's a weird place really inconsistent, sometimes brilliant and always over-salted. I hope the owners read this and take it to heart. This could be one of the better chinese restaurants in the neighborhood but they have to make some adjustments.
Posted by chris l. on 04/23/2012
to the reviewer who stated 'tastes like soap' -- attempt to open your tongue's proverbial eyes a bit, as i believe what you experienced as 'soap-like' is the sensation of szechuan peppercorns, which is the psychedelic star of spiciness that is the hallmark of szechuan cuisine. i've heard it described a bit like the way your tongue feels when you touch it to the end of a 9-volt battery, although 'soap-like' is odd enough that you're likely tasting the same thing. different strokes for different folks, certainly, but just be aware that this sensation is the desired effect - i personally would lash out with great fury on the internets, if i were served a dish labeled as having 'szechuan style spices', but didn't carry this taste.
Posted by choiseul on 01/26/2012
Every one of my lunches here has been satisfying. They do not mess with the traditional heat of the spices so please if you want bland food go elsewhere. The service is polite and unobtrusive. The decor is a very relaxing minimalism with striking black and white art deco style panels of elegant diners à la 1930s. My favorites: sautéed spicy squid and Chinese cabbage with meatballs.
Posted by Hot & Kiss Chris on 10/11/2011
The gui zhou chicken is amazing. I get it with all white meat and request extra dried chili peppers plus additional chili oil on the side. Searched for recipes for this on line but haven't found any that seemed realistic to do at home. Usually have it delivered but the times we've eaten at the restaurant the service was very friendly and attentive. Friends I've taken have always enjoyed whatever they order.
Posted by Amelia Eve on 07/24/2011
I'm glad an earlier reviewer explained that the unusual flavor in the Kung Bao chicken is called Szechuan Peppercorn. Now I will know never to eat this seasoning again. At first we thought it was some sort of ginger, but then the flavor began to change to something sour, and ultimately to a revolting taste like a mouth full of soap. The lingering flavor killed our interest in finishing the rest of our meal. We asked for the fried rice to go, leaving a huge plate of chicken behind. The server never asked us if anything was wrong, though. We will not be back.
Posted by greenpointer on 06/10/2011
I've only gotten take out from here once but I think this place knows what's up! Their lunch special is generally less than $8 for main, rice (brown, white, or fried) and soup (hot and sour, wonton, or egg drop). It's a little more if you're getting something more pricy like shrimp but still pretty cheap for the amount of food you get. When they say hot or spicy--they mean it. The hot and sour soup had a nice burn and the sour green beans with ground pork definitely got me reaching for rice between bites. Awesome. The rice itself was well cooked and moist, unlike dry take-out rice you usually get. And you get a real tupperware-type container for your lunch so you can eat it at your desk without those cardboard takeout boxes leaking everywhere. Another win. On the downside, it's a little on the greasy side but it's chinese food so...there ya go. All in all, good value (I got 2 lunches out of 1), quick, and easy. And spicy if you want it to be! Eager to try their other locations since I hear they're even better.