Friday, April 25, 2014

Szechuan Chef

Amusingly, all the vegetable dishes on the menu just had photos of the whole vegetable rather than the prepared dish?
The decor is very modern and non-Convoy.  Look at the exciting chandelier!
Sad mushy dumplings.  We didn't even finish them!  We always finish dumplings.
The pork dish was truly delightful.
This was my favorite thing.  SO DELICIOUS.
Fried pumpkin -- it tasted like something you'd eat at a fair and then wish you hadn't.
Xiaolongbao...but ugh they were terrible. 
Mushy wrappers, too-sweet broth, creepy meatball-like filling.
Rating: One thumb down (Miko), one sideways (Jenne)
Date: 4/25/14
Time in: 12:49 PM
Time out: 1:45 PM
Servers' recommendations: Mongolian beef, diced chicken with chili hot sauce, pepper-stir fried country style pork
What we ordered: Dumplings, the recommended pork dish, steamed pork buns, Chinese pancake, egg yolk pumpkin
Number in our party: 2
Final check amount: $40.99
Price per person: $20.50
  • The Chinese pancake was flaky, doughy, and delicious!
  • The pork dish was tasty and not too spicy.  It was especially good if you wrapped it in pieces of Chinese pancake.
  • The pumpkin tasted like it had been coated in boxed cake mix and fried.  It was very strange, especially since I'd been hoping for a light tempura.
  • Both of the dumpling dishes that we tried were terrible.  The wrappers on both were mushy, and the meat was flavorless.  The soup inside the xiaolongbao was viscous in a creepy way, and way too sweet.
  • We both felt gross after the meal.  I felt heavy and saturated in grease, and Jenne had a bad-food headache later that afternoon.

Address: 4344 Convoy St
Phone number: 858.279.8881
Noise level: 3
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Parking: Shared lot -- one of the best on Convoy.
Ideal group size: 2+