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.
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.
Lovely restaurant. Fantastic food, wonderful friendly staff with a great atmosphere. Very attentive but not in your face at any time. Would eat there again the next time I visited London. Would recommend it if you want real hot gorgeous food
A regular lunch visitor. Great food and expedient. Perfect for lunch if you dont have much time. Will be back soon. Dim sung and special fried rice with prawn perfect.
Delicious food, huge portions and incredibly friendly staff who went out of their way to make sure my birthday meal with 12 friends was a relaxed and happy affair.
It serves delicious food that is full of flavour and spice with very friendly service. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend eating here. Order the House speciallities and you’ll not be disappointed.
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.
The Sichuan is a brilliant show case of one of China's most interesting cuisines in the heart of London. If you have never tried the deliciously numbing effect of Sichuan peppercorns before you really must! I took a colleague who claimed not to like Chinese food and she loved it, realising that what she didn't like was the English sweet sticky Chinese. Go go go!!
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.
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
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.
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.