Sichuan Garden in Brookline
I'd like to get some recommendations on what to order in Sichuan Garden in Brookline. We're big fans of Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica, but recently moved to within 5 minutes of Sichuan Garden. What are the "signature" dishes? Also, which non-spicy dishes do they do well? We have a 2-year-old who's a big fan of "lamb with onions" and "shredded duck with ginger" from Sichuan Gourmet.
They make very good ma pa dofu, though lately I've preferred Shaghai Gate's. I like the Chengdu chicken, though they don't put enough hot peppers on it to make me really ill.
I think their non-sichuan dishes are competently done but not exciting. My two favorite foods are possibly ma pa dofu and tendon with chili.
I go the Sichuan Garden in Woburn and I like the Chengdu chicken and the Ma Po Tufu too. For non spicy they do a great shrimp with black bean sauce and a new dish (on the Chinese menu) that is shredded duck with green beans. This is very good. If you really want to turn up the heat try their fish fillets with cabbage on the Sichuan side of the menu. I also like the way they do veggies. My favorites are the Chengdu style green beans, the spicy eggplant and their spinach with garlic.
I'd agree with the above, while I to lean towards the spicy dishes, that shredded duck w/ green beans is mighty tastey.
Some of my other favorites
Dan Dan Noodles
OX Meat & Tripe
Sichuan Family Style Chicken (cold if I recall correctly)
Sichuan Pork Dumpling w/ Chilli Vinaigrette
Entree: (Besides what has already been mentioned)
Braised Beef Filets & Napa Cabbage w/ Roasted Chilli
Sauteed Filet Mignon w/ Black Peppercorn Sauce
Smokey Hot Shredded Beef w/ Cayenne Chilli
The Sichuan Beef Soup w/ Soft Noodles is great on a cold day.
I recently had one of the new dishes off of the Chinese menu, it had Pork and Chestnuts (not water chestnuts) served with an earthy, deep brown sauce, this was not spicy. Another new addition to the Chinese is the citrus flavored beef, this is mildly spicy.
I like the dumplings, the fish with napa (also done with beef which I prefer), wenjun prawns and pigs foot (pork shank)..last 2 are on the Chinese menu..which 1 of the CHs had translated a few years ago.
Those are my favorites but there's also a tea smoked duck which I get sometimes too.
The duck and the pork are not spicy.