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|Address:||6-7 Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BG|
|Tel:||020 7734 8128|
|Price: £35.00||Wine: £15.00||Champagne: £38.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Thurs-Sat -11.30pm)|
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On the site of the shortly-lived ‘Keelung’ – like a Phoenix from the ashes, arises The Empress of Sichuan, one of the most exciting Chinese eateries to hit town for a very long time. With classic Sichuan cuisine dominating the menu, this is most definitely not your normal garden-variety Chinese restaurant. Delicious and interesting offerings of ‘Shadow lantern beef’ – chewy beef strips bathed in a spicy-sweet dressing with added chillis for a real kick, do so much to awaken my palate. Meltingly tender lamb skewers marinated in a cumin-based spice mix are delicious also. The highlight for me was, put simply, the best damned bowl of ‘Dan Dan’ noodles I have ever had. A clear and spicy broth, laden with generous quantities of delicious noodles and spicy sauteed minced pork, an absolute winner. The menu is enormous, which often has the tendency to worry me, but if the few dishes that I chose were anything to go by, then The Empress of Sic huan won't go the same way as it's predecessor and like Chinese proverbs say, will have and long and prosperous future.