Cheap Eats 2009: Sichuan Village
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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Sichuan Village
Address: 14005 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: 703-631-5888
Neighborhood: Chantilly/Centreville/Clifton
Cuisines: Szechuan, Chinese
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 10 to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Steamed pork shank; Szechuan street dumplings; Green Bean Jelly with black pepper; cumin lamb; ma po tofu; spicy potato noodles; Kung Pao chicken; Chengdu pork; "ants on a stick."
Price Details: Entrées $6.50 to $21.95, lunch buffet $8, dinner buffet $9, weekend buffet $10.

Why go: The Szechuan fare goes far beyond the usual Kung Pao and twice-cooked clichés. Pickled ferns, long beans, and fresh bamboo show up, as does a fiery, oil-slicked red-chili brew that energizes the signature—and mostly wonderful—“Chengdu” dishes.

What to get: Pork belly with long beans, ginger, and bamboo; Chengdu-style tofu and fish (usually flounder) with red-chili oil; garlicky stir-fried pea leaves; smoked-pork fried rice with bits of egg, scallion, carrot, and fat-edged pork.

Best for: Diners with a taste for adventure—and chili-stoked heat.

Insider tip: The waitstaff is knowledgeable and opinionated, and because most diners are Chinese, you can always fall back on ordering what they do. Heed the color coding: Orange is medium hot, red incendiary. The restaurant does a brisk business with its buffet, but that’s not where the excitement lies.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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