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Masterpiece in Duluth--Chef driven Sichuan

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Twice in the past week I've eaten at a small new restaurant out in Duluth--Masterpiece 3940 Buford Highway (corner of North Berkley Lake) next to the Quick Trip.

It's chef and owner is Mr. Liu, a master chef and former culinary professor. He works alone in the kitchen with his wife to run out the dishes to the 36 seat dining room. His high school son is teaching himself how to wait tables while on summer break.

Mr. Liu arrived in Atlanta from Harbin at Tasty China, then quickly moved on to run the Korean community acclaimed Szechuan menu at Fung Mie on Pleasant Hill Road and Schackleford across from Golden House.

He cooks with the skill and precision one would expect from someone of his training. Hence my two visits. It's practically unheard of to get every single dish cooked by a master chef at a such a low price point. Which IMHO makes this a run, run, run and don't walk.

Must reorder dishes have included Twice Cooked Pork from the regular menu--a shimmering melange of sliced pork belly sauteed with red oil; from the Special Menu Fish Filets with Chiles, Twice Cooked Tea Smoked Duck (the menu has a typo--it says 'Pork' but its duck), Spicy Ribs, Fish with Preserved Vegetable Soup, Dry Fried Eggplant, Pork with Celery and Hot Pepper.

It's a big menu, I've only tried about 8 things. Of those, Dan Dan noodles were a bit overwhelmed due to the use of packaged noodles rather than fresh.

Their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Master...

Masterpiece
3940 Buford Highway
Duluth GA
Closed Tuesday
BYOB ok
Visa/MC I think.

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