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China Sichuan Restaurant

The Forum | Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18, Ireland
+353 1 293 5100
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Ranked #165 of 1,811 restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $35
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: From Georgina Campbell's Ireland GuideThis restaurant has been Ireland’s benchmark Chinese restaurant for two generations, and is a previous recipient of this award. It should in perhaps be named The Phoenix as, not long after moving to new premises, this family-owned favourite closed last winter and appeared to be a victim of the recession. Then, to the delight of its many fans, it reopened in the summer of 2010 after a six month hiatus. And, to a collective sigh of relief, it soon transpired that its modern interpretations of classic Sichuan cuisine are better than ever: classic dishes like tea smoked duck have been tweaked and given updated presentation by the brigade of young chefs who are reinterpreting traditional Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine with modern style. A special section of "Chef's Recommendations" highlights the kitchen's authentic Sichuan dishes based on centuries old recipes – and well-versed servers explain dishes and their ingredients, offering to tone down the amounts of chilli oil, Sichuan pepper and hot oil, if requested. The layout of the modern dining room has been improved too - and, on fine days, the glass frontage opens onto an inviting outdoor terrace with umbrella tables and seating.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: From Georgina Campbell's Ireland GuideThis restaurant has been Ireland’s benchmark Chinese restaurant for two generations, and is a previous recipient of this award. It should in perhaps be named The Phoenix as, not long after moving to new premises, this family-owned favourite closed last winter and appeared to be a victim of the recession. Then, to the delight of its many fans, it reopened in the summer of 2010 after a six month hiatus. And, to a collective sigh of relief, it soon transpired that its modern interpretations of classic Sichuan cuisine are better than ever: classic dishes like tea smoked duck have been tweaked and given updated presentation by the brigade of young chefs who are reinterpreting traditional Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine with modern style. A special section of "Chef's Recommendations" highlights the kitchen's authentic Sichuan dishes based on centuries old recipes – and well-versed servers explain dishes and their ingredients, offering to tone down the amounts of chilli oil, Sichuan pepper and hot oil, if requested. The layout of the modern dining room has been improved too - and, on fine days, the glass frontage opens onto an inviting outdoor terrace with umbrella tables and seating.
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed one of the best meals of my life at the China Sichuan last night. The lobster special was without a doubt the best lobster dish I have ever been fortunate enough to eat! Everything we ate was exquisite & the service was charming from start to finish. Can't wait to go back. We live an hour away but... More

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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

The sichuan used to be located in Stillorgan some years ago and i believed this was the same establishment, simply relocated. Seemingly this is not the case, according to earlier reviews. Although the location is unusual (in the middle of an industrial estate) the restaurant is very comfortable and nicely decorated. The fare was excellent, as was the presentation. We... More

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40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is exceptional Chinese food in a sophisticated restaurant, but yes the location is a bit unusual. We started with chili soft shell crab and baby calamari. Both excellent. This was followed by 3 pepper rib eye and monkfish yellow bean. The presentation is superb as is the service. A terrific meal accompanied by a soft Spanish red wine, we... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Have eaten in many Chinese restaurants , and this has got to be one of the best, definitely best in Dublin . Amazing good quality food, excellent service and lovely relaxing atmosphere .

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Odd location, in the middle of an industrial estate, ok, but heard great things about it. Looked good when we arrived, this is going to be ok, we thought. WRONG!!!!! The food was terrible, inedible infact. Salty beyond belief, i'm still thirsty, despite eating only a couple of spoon fulls. We ordered, amongst other things, prawns in a spicy sauce.... More

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Dublin
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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

In the middle of an industrial estate, but excellent food, nice ambience and very professional staff make it one of the best Chinese restaurants in Dublin. Not a cheap Chinese, but worth the extra.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This restaurant usually comes to mind for special occasions. The food is delicious, impeccably presented and possesses a certain finesse rarely seen in restaurants let alone chinese restaurants. The surroundings are warm and modern with a calming atmosphere but there is something lacking in the service which is the only con I can think of in an otherwise excellent establishment.

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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Food was gorgeous, and every dish we had was very nice. The service was good at the beginning of the meal with a very friendly male. But unfortunately the waiter changed half way through our meal, and the new waiter who was eastern european male was extremely rude and had no sense of service. I am sorry I left a... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Dublin does not have great Chinese Restaurants This and the Orchid in Pembroke road are the best.the Sichaun is genuinely friendly with a twist of experimenation in Chinese dishes. Despite an uninteresting setting in an Industrial Estate,and a half finished one at that ,nobody rushes you which is a change for Chinese Medium priced and good value.With economy improving hopefully... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Been here a good few times and no doubt that I will be going back very good value tasty food. Early bird menu is wonderful. Deserts great pity that they don't deliver.

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