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Sichuan Gourmet in Sharon?

brandywiner Nov 26, 2010 12:27 PM

I was driving down Main Street out of Sharon Center. Glancing into a strip mall, I noticed a sign reading, "Sichuan Gourmet". Wondering if it was the same folks behind the much-discussed Billerica, Framingham, and Brookline locations, I pulled over and did a quick Blackberry search. Sure enough, the fourth location in the SG empire is soon to open; the hand-lettered sign in the window said "Closed for Renovations; Open Soon".

If my assignment in Norwood continues much longer, this could be a VERY welcome addition!

The address is:

Sharon Heights Shopping Center
386-388 South Main Street
Sharon MA 02067

Sichuan Gourmet
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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    Kunegunde Nov 9, 2011 09:46 AM

    Just wanted to update this thread. I'm semi-regular at the Billerica Sichuan Gourmet, and ate here in Sharon for the first time last week. It was on a Sunday right at noon.

    Their version of the Old Sichuan Chicken was even a titch better than Billerica's. As always, the vinegary sauce on the slaw that comes with it is heavenly. We also had the green beans and shredded cayenne pork. I think they only actually had the shredded cayenne chicken on their menu but were happy to do this with pork. We also got the steamed pea greens with garlic. I don't think that's on the menu but I have been ordering it since I saw it on the table next to me in Billerica. All very good.

    I'm not sure what the demographics are in Sharon, but I was surprised to see the restaurant was kinda empty. The room is almost twice as big as Billerica's with a similar number of tables, so it is more spacious. There were 2 tables of Asian diners and 2 of gringos by the time we left. At Billerica there would have been a line spilling out the door.

    So maybe visit and support this great place if you are nearby. While it lasts.

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    1. re: Kunegunde
      Spike Nov 9, 2011 12:24 PM

      There's not as much of an asian population down south (there's a big population in the Chelmsford/Lowell area as well as a large number of Indians who like they spicy asian food), so that's probably why. I'm actually surprised they decided to open a branch in Sharon...

      1. re: Spike
        lc02139 Nov 9, 2011 01:55 PM

        When they opened the sharon location I had asked the hostest in Billerica why that location and she said that there were a lot of customers making the trek to Billerica from south of the pike. I'm not sure they will get a huge luncheon crowd on weekday though. I'm sure if their american style dishes are okay they will get a good crowd.

      2. re: Kunegunde
        skordalia Nov 9, 2011 09:40 PM

        Agreed... as I said above, I have brought as many of my south shore friends and family as I could, and it's been a big hit- some of them have become regulars. SG in Sharon is a very special place and it deserves to be a big success. It's been busy the times I've been there which have generally been weekends, but it's a bummer that it's not more consistently busy.

        1. re: Kunegunde
          Trumpetguy Nov 14, 2011 07:53 AM

          Finally made it here last night for my first time. I thought it was fantastic! I was alone and just told the nice young waitress I love "hot & spicy" food. Then ordered the bamboo shoots in spicy wonder sauce, fish fillets w/cabbage in spicy chili sauce & an order of shanghai greens. Way too much food for me(brought it home), but everything was really delicious and yes, very spicy. That wonder sauce is thrillingly delicious and definitely numbing :) Fish was wonderful as well(flavor & texture) with heaping mounds of the red pepper. The veggie was a good contrast with its pure flavor shining through, a bit bitter. Probably would have preferred the sauteed pea shoots w/ garlic, but those are about $5 or $6 more than the greens(bok choy).

          Very nice service all around and I will definitely return! Its nice to know this type of food exists here, as my previous favorite was Spices in San Francisco, so this is infinitely more convenient. :)

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          skordalia Dec 29, 2010 12:08 PM

          It is open now- I went there a couple of nights ago. I've been to the Brookline location (not the others) and the food was definitely at least on the same level, maybe even a little spicier. Everything was delicious, expertly prepared. What an amazing addition to the Sharon dining scene. I will be dragging my south shore friends and family there on a regular basis.

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          1. re: skordalia
            KWagle Dec 29, 2010 01:36 PM

            Their Web page says it's 10% off till the 15th of January.


          2. trufflehound Nov 26, 2010 04:22 PM

            Is this the plaza with (or where) the Russian restaurant is?

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            1. re: trufflehound
              brandywiner Nov 27, 2010 05:48 AM

              If you mean Assorti, then, yes, it's the same plaza.

              Assorti Restaurant
              384 S Main St, Sharon, MA 02067

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              Spike Nov 26, 2010 01:46 PM

              yep, same people. Odd place to open one though.

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