China Sichuan Restaurant in Vienna is an extravagantly designed Chinese restaurant in the south east corner of Vienna's Donaupark. It is accessible from Alte Donau U-Bahn station. There is plenty of parking in the area so it is easy to drive to. The location is not very close to much else so the restaurant stands out.
Sichuan stands out because the exterior is an imposing replica of classical Chinese architecture. Entering the grounds to be greeted by grand buildings and beautiful forecourt. In good weather it is quite dazzling. Inside the layout is fine though the bird cage full of chirping little animals is somewhat odd.
A restaurant is not just about its looks though. The food at Sichuan is just ok. The spring rolls appear to have been supermarket bought. Main course options are only flavoursome with the addition of soy sauce or chili sauce. For such a grand looking place, the food seems to be too simple and uninspiring. Chinese food is not the world's most ambitious but Sichuan does not have anything particularly interesting to offer.
Service is a mixed bag. The combination of Viennese and Austrian does not make for a particularly warm welcome. Sichuan is not friendly. It is fairly fast though in the best traditions of Chinese restaurants. The plus side is the memory man who can memorise orders from a large group without challenge. He's an interesting side-show for a group.
As a public display of China, Sichuan is impressive to look at, efficient, but not especially tasty.
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