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New Sichuan Restaurant in San Mateo: Spicy Empire

Have you tried the sichuan food?

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  1. no. sichuan food is not one of my favs. may try it though. now called "spicy empire". has another location in s.f. chitown.

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    1. re: shanghaikid

      Thanks for the name. I can't find a place with that name in SF, must have a different handle.

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      Spicy Empire
      105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        got the name and address off their "menu" on window. couldn't find s.f. locale etiher.
        thought it said waverly.?

        1. re: shanghaikid

          If the address is Waverly, then it sounds like it might be Pot Sticker, a "Mandarin" restaurant that has relaunched as Sichuan.

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          Pot Sticker
          150 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

            1. re: shanghaikid

              No one has tried Spicy Empire yet?

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              Spicy Empire
              105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

    2. I believe this is the place that went into the former Shanghai East space when same moved to Millbrae to open Shanghai Bistro; I was told that this was the case.. Will have to check out Spicy Empire...

      Shanghai Bistro (last week signage was still I think Family Chinese Bistro or something like that)
      1101 El Camino
      Millbrae CA

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      Shanghai East Restaurant
      105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

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      1. re: RWCFoodie

        Yes, that's correct. This thread was split off this discussion of Shanghai Bistro.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7514...

        Please do let us know how you like Spicy Empire.

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        Spicy Empire
        105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

      2. Walked past Spicy Empire last Friday. They're the sister restaurant to The Pot Sticker in Chinatown (150 Waverly Place). I too am not too adventurous when it comes to Sichuan cuisine, but glancing at the takeout menu, there are a lot of choices, especially for those who like spicy. There's the Sichuanese everyone knows about thanks to wikipedia, a few Shanghainese stuff (xiao long bao cough cough), and some dishes I have no clue what it is, but the Chinese names for it are catchy.

        Yelp reviews aren't terribly kind for The Pot Sticker, but then again this place might be a bit too Sichuan for many folks. Looking at the Yelp photos, the run of the mill stuff people ordered thinking it would be good (e.g. pot stickers... lamb noodle soup) didn't look good, but the more interesting looking dishes like the water boiled spicy fish, "chuanchuan guo".

        Takeout menu (and seemingly restaurant menu per Yelp pic of Pot Sticker) offers some "private kitchen" style high end looking dishes and chef's specials, may or may not require advanced order. A few look quite exotic, maybe French-esque presentation (and inspiration), perhaps a hint of high end banquet style, but then there's a dish that has crocodile meat...

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        Pot Sticker
        150 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

        Spicy Empire
        105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

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        1. re: K K

          Here's my post on the two items I ordered at the Pot Sticker.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7201...

          Knowing that the chef at Pot Sticker had come from Z & Y made it easy to pick those from the menu. Is the Guilin noodle dish on the Spicy Empire menu?

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          Z & Y
          655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Pot Sticker
          150 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

          Spicy Empire
          105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Yes, Spicy Empire menu has Guilin rice noodle.

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            Spicy Empire
            105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

        2. The kitchen and serving staff are still fine tuning after a soft opening, but Spicy Empire has potential. In some ways, the food was better than Mao's Kitchen (aka The Noodle Shop) down the block and across the street. The hot oil fish (not pictured) was very flavorful with good quality filets. If you're not into fiery hot dishes, you can ask them to tone it down. However, that misses the point of great Sichuan cuisine expertly prepared. Sorry for the quality of the attached photos; taken with an iPhone since I didn't have my food camera with macro lens with me.

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          Spicy Empire
          105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

           
           
           
          1. Returned tonight to Spicy Empire and had a terrific meal. They're definitely worth a visit -- and I suspect Mao's Kitchen(aka The Noodle Shop) may be losing some clientele. The dishes are more expensive here, but they are worth it. They have great flavor, besides being spicy/hot. Photos posted below.

            The eggplant w/garlic sauce was excellent ($7.95). We had the spicy fish filet w/flaming chili oil again ($15.95), and it was outstanding. There are several other spicy fish dishes on the menu, so make sure you know which one you are ordering. The sauteed vermicelli w/spicy minced pork is another winner ($9.95). Note that the take-out menu does not have a chili mark to indicate this is a spicy dish; the dinner menu does. We tried a new dish - cumin beef ribs ($12.95). If you like cumin, you will like these ribs. They are reminiscent of cumin dishes from China's Xinjiang Province.

            If you spend $30 or more, you can get a spicy fried fish filet dish for $1.95 (reg. price $12.95). It is a full portion, not a small promotional dish.

            Perhaps the best discovery of the night were string beans w/salty egg yolk batter ($8.95). They also do bitter melon and corn in the same batter. Wish they would do a combo of two or all three veggies. Going for the bitter melon next time!

            We ordered too much for four, but from sampling what we did, we have confidence in what the chef can do. They threw in dessert - a nice, piping hot bowl of tofu fah with Chinese dates in wine-flavored broth. The tab was $70.

            Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy Sichuan cuisine.

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            Spicy Empire
            105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403