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Michelin rated Lan Sheng opens in Wallington

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What a great surprise to find an authentic Szechuan place in the Polish town of Wallington.

Menu is vast and intimidating but the waiters make great recs.

Lan Sheng
209 Paterson Ave.
Wallington, NJ

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  1. What did you have?!? I just read about this on Tommyeats.com

    1. Here's what I ordered:
      -Mini crabmeat soup buns: Good flavor. Since they are mini there is less soup inside.
      -Braised beef filets with napa cabbage: The sauce filled with roasted chili is so addicting. Spoon it over your hot white rice and enjoy.
      -Gui Zhou chicken was good. Reminded me of the Chili Chicken dish at Penang but on the sweeter side.
      -Lan Sheng Grilled Fish was fried not grilled leaving it very crispy. Its topped with scallions, cilantro, potatoes, black mushrooms and lots of cumin.
      -Sauteed snow pea shoots were perfectly cooked leaving a good crunch. This was much appreciated to mellow out all the bold and spicy flavors.
      -Chongqing sweet potato puffy was offered to us on the house by the owner after we declined dessert since we definitely over ordered for 4. Thank God she did because I loved it!

      Hoping to be more adventurous on my second go. The restaurant was dead empty when I was there so hopefully they can get a crowd going to stay in business.

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      1. re: Christizz

        On Google Street view, taken in July 2012, they have a sign for a Sushi place "coming soon" which apparently came and went since then.

        1. re: Christizz

          Some photos of the dishes

        2. Thanks for posting...I may even give their Dim Sum a try, although that's really more Cantonese style

          1. this is fantastic news. we are huge fans of Chengdu 23 in Wayne, and this place would shave a few minutes off our trip when jonesing for some authentic Szechuan. Hopefully it compares favorably. cant wait to give it a shot.

              1. re: Curlz

                has anyone been here recently? anything else to add? Was thinking on going next week with the wife for a much needed date night. She brought up Chengdu 23 and I said we now have a Szechuan option in Wallington...saving a possible whole 5 minutes in the car lol....

              2. I had dinner here last week and all in all, it was a very good meal. The restaurant is very pleasant and comfortable. The service was typical of many Asian restaurants with a gruff attitude and slight communication barriers when we first entered. I asked the waiter what he would recommend, and he simply stated they are known for their Signature dinners. Thankfully, the menu has pictures of many dishes and the Signature items, so it was easy to see what to expect. I would note, that after we placed our orders, the waiter became much more friendly and didn't treat us with the same indifferent attitude when we first sat down....probably due to a combination of the the amount of food we ordered, and possibly due to the specific dishes we ordered.

                here's what we had:

                Sliced Beef Tendon * (hot)
                with Roasted Chili

                Pan Seared Pork Dumplings

                Mini Crabmeat Soupy Buns

                Hot & Sour Soup (individual bowls)

                Szechuan Covered Pork

                Spicy Cumin Lamb

                Crispy Fish with Tofu

                Everything was very good to excellent. The Beef Tendon came in a very spicy chili oil made with Sichuan Peppercorns. It left our tongues numb....the same effect when I get it in Flushing restaurants. The Cumin Lamb was typical, but I not really a fan of Cumin. Again, it was similar to other restaurants where I've had it in the past. The stars of the table were the Pork Belly and Crispy Fish. Two dishes we would order ever time we go back. The Pork Belly melts in your mouth...the Fish had a great sauce and contrasting textures and perfectly cooked sliced fish.

                All in with a bottle of beer.....$90 pre tip.

                * last, i couldn't find or taste any hint of crab in the soupy buns....it's mostly pork, but they still tasted good.