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Chili House at 8th and Clement?

possumspice Oct 18, 2012 04:10 PM

I was grabbing some groceries at New May Wah this morning and was stopped in my tracks by the huge, colorful photos of chili-laden dishes in front of Chili House. There are Grand Opening signs up and pics of a bunch of tasty-looking Sichuan-style food. I didn't have a long time to look over the menu, but the printed menu looks like typical Chinese food like beef with broccoli. The pictures, however, are pretty appetizing. A Yelp search reveals that it's possibly the sister restaurant of Z&Y, in which case I am definitely giving this place a try. Anyone been?

  1. Cynsa Oct 21, 2012 07:15 PM

    http://www.chilihousesf.com/en/

    1. possumspice Oct 21, 2012 08:23 PM

      Meh. Just answered my own question at lunch today. Went with a few friends so we managed to order *a lot*. Everything was pretty disappointing and average. The boiled fish was overcooked and underspiced, nowhere near as good as Z&Y's version of the same dish. Mapo tofu was bland enough for our baby to eat (she loved it though). The pea sprouts were fine. Pickled beans flat and one-dimensional. My husband did like the spicy dumplings, but I thought the filling was either chicken breast or the blandest pork I've ever tasted. The Yunnan rice cakes were gluey and the bacon in the dish was flabby. Green beans needed salt. The beef tendon was refreshing, well-balanced, and possibly the best-executed dish of the bunch. Overall not terrible, but completely average: a C experience, in my book.

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      1. re: possumspice
        Melanie Wong Oct 21, 2012 08:27 PM

        As soon as you said "Yunnan", I was motivated to look at the website and see the family resemblance. Guess Chef Han's expanding, but not training his cooks well.
        http://www.zandyrestaurant.com/en/

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