32 Hanbury Street , London, E1 6QR

SquareMeal Review of Sichuan-Folk

Pale screens decorated with calligraphy and botanical artwork create a serene mood in this regional Chinese restaurant pitched midway between Spitalfields and Whitechapel. The 100-dish menu is pure Szechuan – a blend of anatomical curiosities with tongue-numbing hits of spice and fire that might yield sliced whelks with green Szechuan pepper, spicy sliced pig’s ears or ‘husband-and-wife’ offal slices, as well as big helpings of ‘fire-exploded kidney flowers’, shredded squid with pickled chilli or fragrant-and-hot frog’s legs – not forgetting must-have sides of dry-fried green beans. One-plate rice dishes – plus a free bowl of soup – are a lunchtime bargain at £5.50, while ‘eat as much as you like’ hotpot feasts weigh in at £19.80. The restaurant is favoured by the local Chinese community, and also has two ‘party rooms’ for private bashes.

Sichuan-Folk Location

32 Hanbury Street , London E1 6QR

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-11pm (Fri -11.30pm) Sat-Sun 12.30-11.30pm (Sun 11pm)

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