Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I used to be a Natick/Framingham townie so I was all excited when Sichuan Gourmet (lao sichuan) opened a branch along route 9 in Framingham. Actually, we've already been there several times but I've been too lazy to take photos.
I'm really starting to like Sichuan Gourmet. Their menu has improved alot over time and the restaurant really reminds me of popular Chinese restaurants in Asia. I attribute this to the more up to date decor that you don't see in Chinatown or Boston Chinese places. Also, the place is always crowded which adds to the bustling atmosphere.
We ordered 4 dishes to share family style. The shanghai veggie with mushrooms, braised whole fish with pine nuts, house special steamed fresh bacon, and a lamb with cumin dish.
The fatty pork (bacon) is a typical Chinese dish and was very good. I also really enjoyed the fish which was fried and cooked in a tangy sauce. The cumin made the lamb dish taste a little like american chilli but with a Chinese twist. Excellent flavors overall!
Fish with Pine Nuts
The other dishes we've tried are the sichuan double cooked bacon, beef with hot green pepper (spicy but very good), dan dan noodles, crab meat with asparagus soup. There are more but I don't remember.
Sichuan Gourmet gets my vote for being one of the best Chinese restaurants in the area. I actually like it more than most of the Chinatown places :P I'm thinking of this place for our Chinese New Year dinner...
See Sichuan Gourmet on a map on Chompster.com
See more Sichuan Gourmet photos here
Sichuan Gourmet (Framingham)
271 Worcester RD. (Rte.9),
Framingham, MA 01701
Sichuan Gourmet (Billerica)
Convenient Plaza, 502 Boston Rd.