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5.2 /6 Excellent 131 Reviews

The Sichuan

Old Street Chinese ££££ +100
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About The Sichuan

Real fans of Chinese cuisine will, for one, know that China’s vast terrain comprises many distinct regional cuisines and, secondly, that if you like spice, Sichuan cookery is the way to go. In London, there’s one restaurant that is confidently laying claim to be the epitome of this particular style, aptly naming itself The Sichuan. And, with one of China and London’s most celebrated chefs at the helm in this prominent Islington kitchen, you know that The Sichuan is the real deal. Reservations at this top-ranked Chinese restaurant’s City Road premises are strongly advised.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 23:00
The Sichuan, 14 City Road, EC1Y 2AA London

Further Information

A righteous amount of fuss has been made about the defection of leading Sichuanese chef Zhang Xiao Zhong from HuTong in The Shard to Islington’s The Sichuan. Zhang is a peerless talent when it comes to the famously spicy cuisine that originated in his hometown of Chengdu. He himself is from a long line of celebrated chefs, and has proved his own merits over a decades-long career that has seen him showered with awards and prestigious appointments around the world. Now that he is ensconced at The Sichuan, whose premises down the City Road stretch if Islington match Zhang’s high calibre Chinese cuisine with a luxurious sense of Far Eastern style, it’s time you made a booking to experience Sichuanese cuisine at its very best.

Islington locals and City of London workers know that a good time to catch a table at The Sichuan is at lunchtime. And we don’t mean it’s not busy – given the quality of the Chinese cuisine on offer here it reliably is at all times – but rather that you can experience the power of chef Zhang’s Sichuanese cookery for a great price thanks to the restaurant's lunchtime lunch sets. Grab a mixed dim sum platter, the humorously titled Numb and Spicy Wontons, or the so-called Legendary Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles. Perhaps the best way to experience The Sichuan is to hire the large function room and have a banquet, but even a la carte dining, with views out over the canal, is an experience that’s hard to match no matter how hard you scour the city.


131 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 131 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
18.09.2017 11:05

Wonderfully flavourful (not all HOT) and unusual dishes, great service, especially the familiar faces from the previous Italian incarnation. We will go again and again.

1 review so far 6
10.09.2017 09:41

The food was delicious, the service was great and the ambience was fun and vibrant. We really enjoyed the restaurant and the whole experience. We will definitely come back again and recommend The Sichuan to anyone who wants authentic delicious sichuanese cuisine.

5 reviews so far 6
08.09.2017 21:40

As good as always. Friendly staff, food arrives quickly and it is super tasty and very reasonably priced. Definitely recommend and I will keep going back.

1 review so far 6
04.08.2017 16:42

Great Authentic Sichuan Cuisine. Big portion with good price. Would recommend it to anyone that wants to try real Sichuan dishes. Would definitely visit again.

1 review so far 6
11.07.2016 08:23

We really enjoyed our meal at The Sichuan. The food was really great and the waitress was very friendly and efficient. The salt and pepper soft shell crabs and the hand torn aubergine salad were delicious and we enjoyed the house speciality of grilled fish. With many other exciting and interesting looking dishes on the menu, we'll definitely be back. Very good value for this part of town too.

1 review so far 5
09.06.2016 18:35

Authentic Sichuan flavours - good combination of 'la' (hot) and 'ma' (numbing). The pigs ears in chili oil starter was excellent, but no Sichuan pickles available even though on the menu, which was a shame. The shuizhu niurou (beef in spicy sauce) was excellent but maybe had a little too much potato starch thickener and would have been better a little looser and a little more oily. The laziji (chicken in chilis) was battered, which you see in Sichuan restaurants in the UK (red chili, for example), but not really in China itself, where the chicken is cooked without batter - that makes the dish lighter and better in my view. Dan dan mian noodles and shaochou dumplings were both good - noodles slightly over-cooked, but that's being fussy. Overall, good Sichuan flavours that made me think of Chengdu and restaurants like Longshaochou and the now closed Chengdu Canting.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2016 07:03

Excellent attentive service, all staff polite and helpful, great choice of dishes on the menu to suit all tastes, great value for money. Vsited The Sichuan approximately four times in last two weeks during lunch hour and would never tire of visiting due to great choice of food on offer

1 review so far 6
30.04.2016 12:03

Compared from their website, the actual experience exceeded my expectation. My original expectation was only to enjoy authentic Sichuan food as I've always been a fan of Sichuan food, but the restaurant was a lot larger and well decorated than I thought (compared to what I've seen from their website) and service was great. When I arrived at the restaurant, it was filled with Chinese customers which is always a good sign that their food is authentic. I absolutely enjoyed the food and will definitely come again sometime.

1 review so far 6
16.06.2017 08:31

Great place! I love my asian cuisine, and I was pleasantly surprised when I tried The Sichuan. I went back 3 more times that week! Service is great, setting is lovely and the food is amazing.

1 review so far 6
06.07.2017 09:30

Not that familiar with with Sichuan cuisine but as a first experience this was amazing. The flavours were very clear and delicious compared to your average China Town destination. Some of the dishes tasted absolutely exceptional (whole sea bass, black fungus, aubergine). The restaurant has nice spacious tables in a good setting for large parties and service was also happy, smiley and fast. Thanks for a great evening!

1 review so far 6
03.03.2017 02:39

The best sichuan food I've ever eaten. Portions are generous and the chef's skills are exceptional. We particularly enjoyed the deep fried beef with cumin, the gong bao prawns (huge and succulent) with cashew nuts and celery, and dan dan noodles - accompanied by a Chilean merlot. Wonderful not to have to worry about MSG and to know that the flavours were all authentic.

1 review so far 6
13.04.2016 08:41

The Sichuan was excellent, the food delicious and the service was charming. we had a really good meal and enjoyed our evening. I would recommend this restaurant and will visit again.

5 reviews so far 6
20.07.2017 16:34

The Sichuan has great food with good service. Really enjoy coming here. The spicy beef is amazing and so is the sweet chicken. Green beans with pork are the best

1 review so far 5
15.12.2016 06:05

I went with my girlfriend for a dinner for two. It was our second time there. Food was good standard and waiters were friendly and attentive. The only less than ideal situation, was that they had to keep open the main entrance door to keep the steam out/keep the place cool, and we sat quite close to it, so it was quite draughty and food got cold quickly.

4 reviews so far 6
17.10.2016 09:05

We went for a farewell gathering for a colleague to leave for another job. There are many people during the lunch time. We ordered in advance so had hardly any waiting. the food was well cooked. environment was great for a cold overcasting day. good place to catch up with friends for lunch!

1 review so far 6
25.03.2016 10:20

AMAZING flavourful and traditional chinese cuisine. Really good value as well! After living in Shanghai for a few years, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for the real taste of the east as there are not many chinese restaurants in London that are such good value and offer the same flavour.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 22:17

This is probably the best restaurant serving Sichuan style cuisine. The dry wok Lotus, cumin beef and wok fried Green beans are some of the highlights on their extensive menu. Great value in terms of prices and best to come with a group so lots of dishes can be ordered and shared.

1 review so far 4
06.10.2016 10:29

My first time there and the food came out very promptly which was good. I've been to a few Sichuan restaurants in London and I will rate this the lowest...but I may need to try more dishes there. The dan dan noodles in particular had the taste but the soup was very thin and clear, which is not what we expected. I will definitely go back and give it a go a few more times though.

1 review so far 6
03.01.2017 01:03

We booked our table online and when we arrived at the restaurant the accueil was warm and friendly, the food was sublime .very delicious and enjoyed every bit of it and the red wine was good. The service was excellent and will definitely go back at Sichuan. Thank you.

2 reviews so far 6
24.01.2017 13:34

Great food and service. As a group of 8, we went for lunch and the whole party was pleased with the quality and quantity. I will definitely be coming back here for the Seabass, which we didn't get chance to have. Overall, a wonderful experience and great value!