Saturday, September 08, 2007

chinese: i recommend CHILI HOUSE

No. 250-3, ZhongXiao E. Rd, Sec. 4
(02) 2721-6088

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.


Anonymous said...

looks quite nice for chinese food actually.
too bad i am not really into superspicy food anymore

maoman said...

I LOVE Chili House - it's one of my favourite restaurants in Taipei.

Lisa Wang said...

my mouth literally started watering looking at this picture. I miss taiwan food so much!! i don't even like really spicy food that much but this looks really good.

孤僻鬼 said...

Yum! I miss taiwan food too. You've got an awesome blog here and it makes me salivate endlessly as I look through your food pictures!

joanh said...

pat: thanks! i couldn't handle the spiciness> :)

maoman: cool! what else do you recommend?

ffc: visit again soon!

孤僻鬼 : thanks so much! i totally take that as a compliment as my favorite food blogs totally make me drool!