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Jan 7, 2010 07:54 PM

Chef Chang's becoming Sichuan Gourmet?

I was reading the Brookline Tab's legal notices and saw one set for 1/19/10 for transferring Chef Chang's liquor license to Sichuan Food Service d/b/a Sichuan Gourmet Brookline. I haven't heard anything else, but I have to say I'd really welcome Sichuan Gourmet to lower Beacon.

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  1. If these are the same Sichuan Gourmet people with restaurants in Woburn (edited: it's actually Billerica) and Framingham, and they do similarly traditional Sichuan food, this is a huge upgrade at this location. I remember enjoying Chef Chang's House once upon a time, but it has always been rather Westernized, and I think that after the Venerable Grandfather Chang passed on, it took a sharp nosedive in quality from which it never recovered.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I am going to respectfully disagree. We've been dining at Chef Chang's on a regular basis for over 25 years, and have never noticed any drop in quality, let alone a nosedive. The Peking duck is always fabulous. My brother in law asked them to prepare beef chow fun with spicy black bean sauce, and with a big grin the server happily wrote it down, and it was great. The ingredients are always very fresh. So, for us, this is not good news.

      1. re: CookieLee

        I imagine you have a better read on Chang's than me. It was a weekly haunt for me back in the old days, and then I moved further away, only went once or twice a year after that. An awful Peking duck experience (after years of great ones in the Grandfather Chang era) kind of soured me on it for good, but overall I'd already felt like the thrill was gone -- for instance, the shredded beef I once loved there had become bland and mushy. It wasn't just that I was eating more traditional food and less American-Chinese over time. I will mostly remember it fondly, though.

    2. Yay! That is great news!

      1. Isn't Sichuan Garden in Brookline and Woburn while Sichuan Gourmet is in Billerica and Framingham? Which chain is it?

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        1. re: Dinsdale45

          Sorry, my confusion. Sichuan Gourmet has places in Framingham and Billerica; Sichuan Garden in Brookline Village and Woburn. This makes the change even better news, if it's the same people: I think the Billerica Gourmet is better than the Woburn Garden (which in turn is better than the Brookline Village Garden). I haven't been back to the Framingham Gourmet in quite a while, but I remember it as being excellent and quite traditional, though all of them have "American" menus, too.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            It is indeed the people behind Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham and Billerica (I'm writing about it right now). Li Zhong started both restaurants, and his name is in the public notice.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              This is wonderful news, indeed. I also enjoyed Chef Changs back in the 80's, but noticed the sad downslide in quality the past 10 years. Sichuan Gourmet is one of my favorites in the westbound world.......even better in Brookline!

              1. re: Science Chick

                I used to love Chef Chang's chicken fingers with poppy seeds. They were the best! Despite not being "authentic" that is.

              2. re: hiddenboston

                Sweet news, now I don't have to zipcar out to go there.

          2. Good recap by Chowhound gansu girl of highlights from the Billerica location here: She hits all my favorites.


            1. Big fan of Sichuan Gourmet. This will be a nice addition. Last time I went to Chef Chang's it was pretty lack luster.