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China Sichuan Restaurant

The Forum | Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18, Ireland
+353 1 293 5100
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Ranked #141 of 1,827 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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English first
Dublin
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It's always nice to enter a good restaurant and find the subtle aroma of some fine food being prepared. The great reputation of this restaurant is well deserved. Nicely laid out, good service, excellent value early bird menu. The very carefully prepared and presented dishes which are full of flavour make this one of the best Chinese restaurants to be... More

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We started with the prawn crackers which were amazing because they were fresh and they are not usually fresh in other Chinese joints... We then had the black pepper beef which was surprisingly tender and bursting with flavor... We also had the typhoon prawns which were the star of the show; they were batter fried and topped with crispy bits... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Went for a family birthday his eve, the food was excellent, not your typical menu, lots of dishes with a twist. The service was top notch, couldn't fault it, very attentive yet respectful. Finally, great value for money considering the standard of food and service. Will be back very soon!!!

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Mona Vale, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Fantastic food & service. Try the Wasabi prawns - absolutely delicious. The service was quick & the food was first class. Best Chinese in Dublin.

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ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Dublin
1 review
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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