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Chelsea Chinese (aka Grand Sichuan International)
Posted by Anonymous on 11/14/2007
be on the whole, have had good results from the famed grand sichuan international. there are certain things worth avoiding including the chicken with chinese broccoli. far too much salt in this dish for even a huge ramen fan such as i. loofah dishes, ma po tofu and string beans with ground pork are recommended. I guess once you find the right dishes you can't stray too far. i may be back at some point for the regular fare.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/08/2007
After hearing all the raves about Grand Sichuan, we finally decided to give it a try. We ordered their traditional sichuan dishes and chef's specials. The portion was small and the food was not good. I totally don't understand the hype. When it comes to sichuan food, I'll stick to my old reliable Wu Liang Ye.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2007
I called them to confirm my reservation. The first person had no idea what I was talking about. The second person shouted at me, "Don't call, We don't confirm reservation, okay? " What the heck?! Food is good, but not good enough to compensate the service. I will not go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2007
Very good, authentic fare, but if you can get someone to wait on you, they're not going to be happy about it. Very rushed, inattentive, surly wait staff. I probably won't go back.
Posted by siuloanbao on 07/16/2007
Went there for dinner Friday night and ordered a few traditional Sichuan dishes. First were two appetizers - spicy beef & tripes; sliced conch w/hot oil. The sliced beef was tough (should be tender) and the dish was too salty. The conch on the other hand was superbly bland! Then the three entrees we had: Chicken w/chili pepper; spicy "water" cooked fish; string beans. The string beans were okay, hard to go wrong there. The chicken again was overly salty but otherwise was okay. The fish was the dish we went for and was the dish we were most disppointed in. It was totally cooked the wrong way. As the waitress put it down on the table, we all looked in awed and she was quick to say this is "how we do it here." I said this is not how it's cooked [authentically] and you should've told us when we ordered [in Chinese]. She said "I don't know what kind you had before" but yet she was quick to tell us that this is how THEY do this dish! It was as if we ordered a beef stew and was presented with chunks of burger patties [no sauce] instead. A total disappointment. I had the same dish at the sichuan restaurant on St. Mark's in June and it was made the authentic way.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2007
Heard great things about the szechuan here and was a bit skeptical b/c szech is just not done right in the us. i was quite surprised by the flavors of our dishes. some were a tad salty and bit too oily, but overall, they managed to get the spice-ness correct. hot, burning but not numbing which is a difficult balance. go for the food, try your best to ignore the crappy service.
Posted by A neighbour on 07/10/2007
The real Chinese food here is unusually good, truly excellent, while the "American Chinese" is kind of disgusting. Avoid the lunch specials (all American Chinese) and in general I avoid the takeout, which is never as good as eating in the restaurant. There is always a lineup but the line moves fast. One peculiarity is the doggy bag thing: ask to take your leftovers and you will discover when you get home that they have given you only about half of your leftovers. What is that about? So get them to bring the containers to the table, its the only way. The staff mysteriously forget how to speak English whenever it is convenient but are otherwise fluent in English.