295 Washington St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244542.333351 -71.119456
Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Lousy food – Lousy food. Very greasy, Very spicy, totally tasteless. They put spicy pepper oil into all dishes and everything tastes exactly the same. Certain ingredients are missing from the original Sichuan cuisine, so I would not even call it "Sichuan" just very spicy Chinese food. Also this place seems to have a habit of overcharging customers: They "conveniently" forgot to bring us 2 dishes, but later on same dishes "magically" appeared on our total bill. Never again!
Decent food, but digusted by the waiter! – We went there yesterday for authentic Sichuan cuisine because this place was highly praised by other Chinese and Zagat.
It was around lunch time. We were the only table there. The dishes we ordered were fine, (I would recommend it). However, we were pretty neglected after order was taken and dishes served, which means the waiter did not check on us after wards at all, we had to go to them to make additional requests, because he was sitting in another room wrapping dumplings, surely we were not happy about it.
After all, we just gave $3 for a total bill of around $50 for little service. What pissed us off was the waiter came after us questioning why there was only $3 and telling us that it should as least be 10-15%! Excuse me! Don't be ridiculous! For that kinda service? I would be happy to pay 15-20% if we were treated with more hospitality, why would you expect good tips if you are not doing you job?! He should be happy that he still got some tips!
So don't count on the service, if you don't plan to pay the waiter some good tips, be prepared for solicitations!
Spicy Chinese food – Sichuan Garden is a great place for authentic chinese food without having to head into Chinatown. Lots of heat but they will accommodate if you want milder versions. Some of my favorites are Spicy pork with cellophane noodles, the eggplant in garlic sauce, and the chengdu dry hot chicken.
Worst experience ever! Ordered 3 items for pick up, when I picked it up they charged me for all and give me only 2. When I came back all the way from my place it was obvious that they knew but never called me to let me know. They refused to give me the missing item and give me bad attitude like I was the one that did something wrong.
Seems discriminating but actually arrogant – JESUS christ, I was FURIOUS. I've been there many times b/c I'm Chinese and have always loved spicy food. Usually I'm there w/ my parents, and on a few occasions service was--lacking. They ignore you. Other times the food was really good, and I didn't feel service was bad. But the LAST time I went with a Caucasian guy, I thought maybe they were mad at me for dating someone not Chinese? Or that I showed up during lunch when they try to make money off white people? I was so offended, 2 waiters unsynchronized asked if i was done after maybe 15 minutes, took my plate before i was done, gave me my check while i was eating, never smiled. The place was empty. Not like there were people waiting, only like 4 other ppl eating.
When I inquired about a pork dish I had before, the waitor replied rudely "I dunt know what you are talking about" and shrugged his shoulder, as if to say, "that's not my problem." Oh, I had to ask for chopsticks, b/c they only put out fork and knife out. It's becoming less and less authentic, and before I left I let the waiter know how I felt. I can't believe I felt discriminated against by my own people. I'm writing a terrible review for them too for my Journalism class.. never going there again.
What is good there? – We went once to this restaurant and service was horrible. We really felt we were not welcome there. After few months we decided to give it another try. After all, maybe it was a bad day for the waiter that was serving us then. Unfortunately, it was worse than we could ever imagine! Never in my life I felt so humiliated and uncomfortable! We waited for more than 40 minutes to get appetizers while people that came after us were served main dishes. When we decided to leave, our waiter finally brought the food in a hurry without even apologizing for letting us wait. He said he would check when we ordered. The food came cold! I do not want to get into too much details, but horrible as it sounds, we felt discriminated for not being Chinese. I hope that our fellow citizens of Chinese descent will stop going there and help us close this place that calls itself restaurant!
disappointment – i went there twice. the rave reviews like the ones on this sight drew me there. i have always loved sichuan food and have gone to many restaurants in new york and boston. the food was ok but not off the charts the first time i was there. service was barely adequate no more than that. you had to keep asking for tea or water or other small things. the food was ok but not really more than that. the second time was the last time i will go there. it was one of the worse restaurant experiences i have had in my life. first they ignored us for a long time. i had to get up from the table to get anyone to take our order. then they were annoyed that we wanted water or tea. the food took forever. we waited and waited and waited. we kept asking but they kept ignoring us. then all of a sudden everything came at once. when we noted that some of the food was cold there was no apology. we had enough and paid for a couple of drinks. the cashier (owner?) apologized but took our money. i got the impression service is always arrogant though not always as bad as our second night. bottom line: maybe you will get a good experience but we didn't and the food is just ok, not great.
Too greasy – I'd heard good things about this place, but apparently people were wrong. The food was awful, very greasy and unappetizing, and it almost turned me off Chinese food forever.
Well-executed Chinese classics and Sichuan delicacies (like chilli-doused beef tendons) bring spicy-flavored distinction to this affordable Brookline Village standby. – Atmosphere? Other than a fish tank, there's not much to look at. Service? Speedy waiters prefer to be seen and not heard. Why, then, do so many Asian-American families make the trek here to Brookline Village? The answer lies in this restaurant's plates of julienned jellyfish, sliced beef tendon and other Sichuan delicacies. Diners weaned on familiar favorites like kung pao chicken aren't disappointed with the kitchen's dependable interpretations. Nor are patrons who enjoy spicy Sichuan cuisine (over half the menu is marked in spice-denoting red). Standouts include tender rabbit (served with a fiery chili vinaigrette) and whole roasted duck of a quality more frequently found in Chinatown.
Excellent spicy and non-spicy food – I'm originally from Sichuan and lived in New York City for 10 years before relocating to the Boston area. Until I dined at Sichuan Garden, I had not had real Sichuan (Szechuan/Szechwan) cuisine in New England. Sichuan Garden's food is excellent and quite authentic, although the real Sichuan food in China will be spicier and saltier. Sichuan Garden is also vegetarian-friendly, and carries a number of delicious non-spicy entrees. They have a separate Chinese menu which you should at least inquire about; nothing fancy, just a few things that might turn American diners off. Service is very courteous and prompt. You can ask them to use "less oil" if you want.
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