Update Jan 23, 2013: This restaurant is now closed.
Mom and I had dinner with Pretty Sister. She was really into Szechuan foods lately and Mom found a new place to have it. That would be S & W Pepper House located on No.3 Road.
There were similarities in the dishes offered by S & W and Si Chuan First, as they’re both Szechuan/Si Chuan restaurants. We compared some of the same dishes tonight.
First was the Wontons in Spicy Sauce. S & W has 18 pieces in their order, but they were smaller pieces. The sauce was really flavorful here and you can see a lot of spices in it. It wasn’t just chili peppers in chili oil. It was much better than that. The wontons have a thin, delicate skin.
Next was the Deep-fried Chicken with Szechuan Peppers. At SiChuan First this was Pretty Sister’s favorite. She comments that the S&W version wasn’t as flavorful as SiChuan First’s, however, the chicken pieces were larger. Mom and Pretty Sister concluded that it’s also because of this that it’s not as flavorful, as the smaller pieces they found tasted better. I found that this wasn’t as numbingly spicy as the one at SiChuan First’s either.
The next two dishes were new to us. First was the Hotpot with Sliced Fish, Cabbage (?) and Potato Noodles. The noodles were very good as they were very chewy. However, as we didn’t order rice, the broth became very salty. As the noodles soaked up the broth, they too became very salty. I think when you eat here you need to order rice. Otherwise, this was very good. There were copious amounts of ingredients and we were stuffed.
Last was the Stir-fried Lamb with Cumin. This was very fragrant and very good, and of course salty too. The lamb was sliced very thin and there were a lot of it. It’s pretty addictive too, we couldn’t stop eating it. Apparently this is one of their more popular dishes.
They washed down the salty food with a refreshing Tsing Tao, which is a popular beer from China. I don’t drink beer but I’m sure it was especially refreshing when drunk with the salty, spicy dishes.
This is a good place to go if you enjoy SzeChuan foods. It’s clean and bright, service is somewhat friendly, and it’s got parking in the back. An easy find on No. 3 Road directly across from Sears of Richmond Centre.