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Nov 20, 2007 05:08 AM

Actually pretty decent Chinese on Smith

I tried takeout from a new (to me) restaurant on Smith - Szechuan Garden, between Warren and Wycoff. I have to admit, the food was pretty tasty. I ordered my standard - Kung Pau chicken and sesame noodles, the food came fast, piping hot (the chicken) really fresh looking and quite tasty. My noodles were light, not greasy and quite delicious. The chicken was really succulent and just spicy enough, vegetables were crisp and fresh.

Has anyone else tried this place? I'm thinking of ordering again, this time I'd like to try something new.

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  1. Thanks for the tip - I found a menu in my box this weekend and it looked better than average...I will try it after the Turkey is gone.

    1. Yeah--they've saturated the hood with menus. Considering the competition (lack thereof) I was curious. Glad to see your report.

      1. I haven't tried this place but looked at the menu and it looks promising. What is odd about the whole thing is that they were a Japanese restaurant for the first couple months they were open and just switched to the chinese/ sushi format.

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        1. re: bhill

          I'd love edible Chinese in non-Sunset Park Bklyn, though I'm always a little wary of places with the aforementioned Chinese/Sushi format. But I'll definitely give it a try. Wish they delivered to Windsor Terrace!!

        2. Yes, I've eaten there now a few times both before and after the odd changeover. it is not quite as good (authentic) as the Grand Sichuan / Wu Liang Ye sichuan cuisine in the city, but it is MUCH better than the bulletproof-glass/fried chicken wing/sloppy Cantonese alternatives in this neighborhood. Give it a try! The lunch special is only $6.95. And the sushi isn't bad either. We need to keep this place going! Next we need a decent Vietnamese pho joint.

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          1. re: Brouhaha

            I'd like to see a Korean place as well.

            1. re: Matt M.

              Little would make me happier, esp for some korean bbq without treking up to midtown.

              And a solid Indian restaurant, while we're at it.

            2. re: Brouhaha

              Nicky's on Atlantic between Smith and Hoyt just started serving pho, eat-in only. It was pretty good when we had it last weekend.

              1. re: Brouhaha

                I never could get myself interested in going when it was a sushi place, resenting as we did, yet another sushi place in the area, when we have so many of them. I'm glad that perhaps they realized it was a silly choice, and added szechuan food (even if I have a hard time getting my head around that combo).

                Anyway based on this thread, we went last night. We decided to give them a try on both styles of food. We shared some sushi to start with and then had two chinese dishes to share for main courses. The sushi wasn't bad....we had some nice white tuna sashimi, some eel and a couple of well prepared/sized rolls. We quite enjoyed the double sauteed pork with spicy capsicum dish (though I would have liked it to be spicier, and next time will tell them was marked as spicy but was pretty mild honestly). Husband had a craving for gen. tsao's chicken (hehe) so we had that too, and it was actually not bad. Not as heavy/cloying as it can be, and the chunks of chicken were tender.

                We'll add it, alongside Chance, to our short list of chinese places to order from, etc in the area.

                1. re: Nehna

                  I'm excited by these reviews. We haven't received a menu yet; can someone post the phone number? Thinking of ordering in for lunch tomorrow.

                  1. re: artichokeheart

                    718 643-0388
                    718 643-0377

                    If you do order, please add your review to this thread.

                    It is a "Short list" indeed.

                    It's worth noting, as I look at the menu, that if it is indeed decent, it bears out the truism that you get what you pay for. The prices on some things are close to double what you would pay at a typical take-out kitchen. (And I feel safe in saying that there's stuff on the menu that you're not gonna find at that takeout window---cold ox tongue and tripe with roasted chili-peanut vinaigrette indeed.......)
                    I am certainly not whining about the price--just observing.

                    1. re: JonL

                      Ordered last night. First impressions were not good, unfortunately.

                      Hot & Sour- This is one of my benchmarks for Chinese joints and I was sadly unimpressed. Bland with an unpleasant vinegar taste.

                      Spring Rolls- Crispy on the outside, fresh and mushy on the inside. Delicious.

                      Shredded Pork in Spicy Garlic Sauce- Pretty inedible. Big long chunks of fatty pork. Not shredded at all. All the veggies were cut too large. The sauce was not spicy at all. Just kind of sweet. The steamed rice it came with was undercooked.

                      Chicken Fried Rice- Once again, undercooked rice. Uneven seasoning (some of the rice was white). About two teaspoons worth of chicken in the whole thing.

                      The bill ran $27. I guess I'll give it a shot another time to see if it gets any better, but my experience was not good.

              2. Ordered in a couple of nights ago. Just a small meal of standard dishes: Hot and Sour Soup and Shredded Chicken in Spicy Garlic Sauce. Was delivered incredibly quickly, and the food was very, very fresh and tasty. Nicely prepared. Will definitely be ordering again. Great addition to the neighborhood delivery options. I say lose the sushi, we have an unbeatable place already with Ki, and just focus on the Chinese.

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                1. re: hankp

                  We ordered on Sunday night too based on this thread. It was pretty good, certainly not the best I've had but definitely better than the other options in the hood. Agree on above post re Spring Rolls, they were great. Fried Dumplings were definitely pan-seared as described on the menu but were the really thick doughy version (whatever happened to being able to get dumplings with nice thin crisp skins?). They do offer Gyoza's, so will try them next time. Chicken with Garlic Sauce: definitely fresh and good quality, especially the chicken but loaded with too many vegetables for my taste and needs to be spicier. Also agree with above comment that the hot and sour soup had an odd taste to it. I don't think this is exactly what the neighborhood was craving, but it'll do it in a pinch.