Saturday, September 08, 2007
chinese: i recommend CHILI HOUSE
No. 250-3, ZhongXiao E. Rd, Sec. 4
lunch: 11:30am to 2pm
dinner: 5:30pm to 9:15pm
Kid friendliness: high chairs available.
MRT: ZhongXiao/DunHua Station
Visit reviewed: 6/27/2007
Chili House is known for their spicy Sichuan dishes such as their chili wontons or chili soup noodles. But despite walking into the newly modern decor, you might be surprised to encounter some brusque service. It's not intentionally rude, they are just too busy trying to get everyone their food and making space for the customers. Apparently the family run business has been around a long time, so they focus on the food and not making small talk.
My friends who are regulars here order their favorites, but commented afterwards that the wontons weren't as good as usual that day. This is perfect for those looking for fire alarm hot Szechwan cuisine, but it was tooo spicy for me.
SPICY! Too spicy to eat and taste anything else but chili. If you can handle this type of spicy, you have a strong stomach and your tastebuds are dead. Just kidding. If you like the spicy in Indian and Korean cuisines, then you probably will like Szechewan spicy.
I had to stick to the non-Chili wontons, noodles and dishes. I liked the peanut butter consistency sesame noodles more than the meat sauce noodles, and we also ordered some sweet peas with chicken and steamed spare short ribs.
It's affordable authentic Chinese food like Din Tai Fung or Jiu Ru but with the option to test out your chili tolerance. It's actually nicer inside than Din Tai Fung and it seemed a popular place for locals, as the lunch hour was packed and my friends encountered at least 3 other parties that they knew. I'd go back to try it again, but only the non-Chili variety.