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Szechuan in Auckland

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I posted earlier about Khyber Pass Road, have not had a chance to explore it yet, but now I have a specific craving: top notch Szechuan. We have no food limitations and are willing to pay a reasonable amount. We are just fine with dives. Our goal is optimal deliciousness. For some perspective, I am a New Yorker by birth and have been living in Auckland CBD for about 2 months. We do not have a car so it needs to be bus-able (sometimes we rent a car so suggestions requiring driving are fine too).
Thanks in advance!

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  1. The upscale Sichuan place is HP8 on Nuffield St in Newmarket (not the one on Carlton Gore, which is yum cha). The water-boiled fish I had on my first visit was one of the best dishes I've ever had in a restaurant; last time I went (July) it wasn't quite so revelatory but still very good. Rumour has it that someone from HP8 moved to Sichuan Steamboat in Panmure, so that might be a cheaper option.

    Here are some guy's notes on kung pao and dan dan noodles: http://unkreative.com/musings/2010/01...

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    1. re: bradluen

      Hey thanks! I will check them out.