Last night seven of us dined in the Szechuan Gourmet celebrating my daughter's 14th birthday. The more people going out to a Chinese restaurant, the better. We get to try a wide variety of dishes.
We started the meal with some spicy dumplings with that wonderful mouth numbing Sichuan peppers and some hot and sour soup. Our entrees included Crispy Sweet and Sour Sea Bass (my daughter's favorite), Tea Smoked Duck (my favorite), Shredded Beef with Leeks, Lamb Neck Casserole, Prawns and Sauteed String Beans.
I love this little restaurant. My boyfriend and I are there often though we have yet to try any dish more than 4 peppers. Yes, this place has dishes with 5 peppers. Anyone out there try a 5 pepper dish?
135-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354
I live in central Flushng. I go to Szechuan Gourmet more than any of the other Flushing Szechuan places in part because of the atmosphere which is cozier and more muted than most places. A fave is the Vegetable Trio in Garlic Sauce (eggplant, string beans and asparagus.)
re: Brian S
Brian, you MUST try Szechuan Gourmet. We just came back from Little Pepper and feel that Szechuan Gourmet is still better. I agree with GeoJack but check it out for yourself. We'll definitely go back to Little Pepper and keep an open mind and belly but our hearts belong to Szechuan Gourmet.
Here's my post on Little Pepper:
After reading the all the comments debating which restaurant was the best Szechuan restaurant in Flushing I had to go to Little Pepper. We went on a Wednesday night, no crowd at all maybe because it was Halloween. The service was quick and cheerful. My boyfriend and I ordered the Spicy Sichuan Cold Noodles, Braised Sliced Fish, Rabbit Sichuan Style and Chinese Waterspinach (with some American spinach tucked in).
We thought the food was prepared nicely but the dishes did not blow us away. The rabbit was chopped up into too many pieces with lots of bones and the oil tasted a little stale. Almost like eating chicharones with more bones.
The fish was quite lovely and tasty. The added fresh cilantro made the dish quite attractive and fragrant. An excellent value.
I found the Spicy Sichuan Noodles disappointing. Little Pepper's version of this dish cannot come near Szechuan Gourmet's version. No comparison what-so-ever. Szechuan Gourmet is an easy winner.
I'm sure we'll be back to the Little Pepper. I'd like to try the Squid with Pickled Peppers and a few more dishes. We still love Szechuan Gourmet best, Spicy and Tasty next.