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Sichuan Dining Room

Address
Address:
723 Glenferrie Road,
Hawthorn VIC 3122
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9818 8758
Fax : +61 3 9818 8667
Cuisine
Cuisine: Chinese
Chef
License: Licensed & BYO (Wine Only)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$

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An ornate exterior gives way to the splendour of Hawthorn's Sichuan Dining Room; a grandiose restaurant dedicated to the varied nature of this Chinese regional cuisine. And while the decor makes it feel like a special-occasion restaurant, reasonable prices make it a great regular option. The menu offers yum cha and the usual Chinese dishes, but there's also some interesting and tasty items like crispy corn kernels in salty duck egg yolk paste.

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LOCATION
At the northern end of Glenferrie Road, between Burwood Road and Barkers Road.

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The gaudy facade of this Chinese restaurant stands out among the more subtle restaurants and shopfronts on Glenferrie Road. Within, gold fabric swathed columns give way to rich, heavy furnishings, ornate decorations and Chinoiserie, adding to a feeling of opulence. The menu here is similarly full-on, offering the uncompromising traditional flavours and textures of Sichuan cuisine. The flavours are strong, with lashings of chilli, Sichuan pepper and garlic. Menu items feature authentic Sichuan tastes such as fried bean jelly, pig’s intestines with chilli, sea cucumber with sweet sauce and pork mince and stir-fried beef tendon. More accessible flavours are here too in popular items such as ma po tofu and gong bao chicken.

To start, try pickled wood ear fungus and chilli salad, soft mung bean noodles in spicy soy sauce with spring onions and crushed peanuts or pork dumplings with a paste of dried chilli and black sesame. Mains include braised pork cooked with five spices and “saliva beef”, named for its mouth-watering properties rather than any unsavoury ingredients. Also try the deep fried corn kernels in salty duck egg yolk paste, which are like sandy, crunchy popcorn with an amazing texture. Desserts tend towards intriguing texture over flavour, with dishes such as sweet soup balls filled with black sesame paste or grass jelly with sago and milk. Orange segments offered at the end of the meal also offer sweet relief for chilli burdened tastebuds. Some language difficulties may cause confusion at times but it is worth persevering to enjoy this restaurant’s regional cuisine. The stunning decor makes it feel like a special-occasion restaurant but reasonable prices also make it a great regular option.

Angela Costanzo
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