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“Enjoyable early-bird” 4 of 5 stars
Review of China Sichuan Restaurant

China Sichuan Restaurant
The Forum | Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18, Ireland
+353 1 293 5100
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Ranked #121 of 1,890 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: $17 - $35
Cuisines: Chinese
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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.
Dublin, Ireland
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“Enjoyable early-bird”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We visited the China Sichuan at 6.30pm on a Tuesday evening and were pleasantly surprised to find that there was already a good number of tables occupied and a nice buzz in the restaurant. We dined off the early bird menu which was available all night Monday through Thursday (€20 for two courses or €25 for three). Bon Bon chicken for me and Tempura for her were both delicious and plentiful. The Bon Bon chicken was nicely spiced as was the tempura which was served with a soy and chilli oil dipping sauce. A good start. Mains were Kung Po chicken for me and fish of the day for her which was sea bass. Two large fillets of sea bass was impressively served in a lovely soy/garlic/chilli sauce while the Kung Po chicken was served with dried chillis, adding a nice kick if one wanted to eat them. Mains were served with boiled and fried rice. A pot of lovely jasmine tea (€2.50) and a 500ml carafe of a very drinkable merlot (€21) completed the proceedings. The service was professional and unobtrusive and the surroundings are pleasant with subdued lighting. The bill for the two of us was a good value €63.50 and we went home happy. Will be returning soon.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Classy Chinese !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I was brought by a friend to The China Sichuan recently! It was fantastic! Lovely decor ,not the typical type of decor classy comfortable and relaxing ! The food was as good ! We were greeted by the owner Kevin gave us a warm welcome. We shared a house platter which consisted of succulent kattafi prawns ,Bon Bon chicken and the most gorgeous pot sticker dumplings, spring rolls and salt and paper squid! It was delicious! I followed it with the best wonton soup I've had in a very long time . Mains of lobster with noodles and more lovely prawns with ginger and scallion! My favourite word YUM! Beautifully cooked and seasoned . All of this washed down with a rather expensive Gewurtztraminer but oh it was worth it (€47). No desserts for us! Too full but very happy, the bill acme to €150 .this included 2 g&ts and 2 glasses of wine and water. I will be back again and again!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A hidden Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Heard about this place but never went to it, however one Sunday we decided to try it out, what a place , we were there for 6pm and we ordered the 2 course with bot of wine and all the food was great, service good, very busy , also there seems to be a lot of regulars too,#
will go back again and have recomenned it to friends and family.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Imported mineral water”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Cannot understand why such a well established restaurant has to import mineral water! Food used to be great but recently lamb with ginger and scallions was very bland. Menu was also a bit dirty! The little appetiser you get is far too spicey and some prawn crackers would be more welcome. Gather there is a new chef - well standards have slipped and oh please some Irish mineral water and some Guinness.

Visited August 2013
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“Excellent food at a good price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Four of us had the the value menu on a Wednesday night. The food was very fresh and perfectly cooked. There was quite a varied choice to suit all palates. The service was attentive and friendly. The location is in an industrial part of Sandyford, not far from the Luas. Once inside , the decor is calm and inviting, and the food is delicious. I have been here before and this restaurant has never been disappointing. It is important to book though ,as it gets quite busy. If you want a quick dinner Midweek you cant beat the value menu. If you want to be more adventurous ,try the a la carte.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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