Szechuan north of Steeles
I am looking for some good Szechuan. North of Steeles in either Richmond Hill or Markham. Perhaps Scarborough too. Price is not an issue. Will go to a dump or to a fancy place. But I want it to be two things: (a) full of locals; and (b) the food needs to be spicey.
Jimrice - try this thread.
It may be a matter of semantics, but what kind of szechuan you are looking for? Many Cantonese food serve "szechuan" dishes that are not that spicy or indicative of the cuisine found in Sichuan province in China. Chances are that in Markham you'll find authentic Sichuan food (but it will be spelt this way), which is incredibly spicy and features sichuan peppercorns, and lots of chilies. My fave used to be Spicy Mama in the Peachtree Plaza (see my post in the thread above) but that closed down. But I think their next door neighbours are still in business and the food is just as good - with helpful pictures to visualize the menu items. Don't remember what it's called but it has Spicy in the name somewhere, I think.
Have a look at this thread, lots of Sichuan places w/ menus.
-super spicy and garlicky: Ba Shu Ren Jia at Steeles and east of Midland
-all around authentic and not overpowering: Sichuan Legend on Midland north of Finch, good service and decor
-homestyle authentic: Hot Spicy Spicy near Leslie and Finch
-Superb fish in hot spicy pepper oil: Old House on Sheppard and East of Midland-they specialize in Beijing food (best meat pancakes!)but the flavor of the dish is really the best
The one next door to the now defunct Spicy Mama is really not that authentic, at least from what I learned almost 1-2yr ago-Chef is from Beijing, and the dishes were so so. I find the old spicy mama really offered a complexity of flavors besides just hot and "numb", almost irreplaceable in a way!
I know there is a Szechuan Dim Sum place in First Markham Place (South side of Hwy 7 between Woodbine and Markham) because my dentist is in that mall, not because I have dined there.
In the post Royaljelly put the link to, he mentions a place at 3290 Midland Avenue, I have heard and read many good things about it... I even found a review on another site (sorry chowhound)
And just in case you don't read Royaljelly's thread from top to bottom - if you go to one of the many exclusively Chinese restaurants (no gwailo), remember to bring cash - very few of them accept credit cards! And in many cases you might want to bring a translator if you want descriptions of what you are ordering. Otherwise you might just have to do a lot of look and point!
Why not invite Royaljelly? He seems to know what he is talking about!