Sichuan chilli is a fiery, lemony spice used in west China, Japan and Tibet, which has happily found its way to a laid-back, lime-green restaurant in Belleville, with a menu that stands out from the area's jazz standards of bo buns and egg rolls.
Among innumerable dishes, we loved the crunchy caramelised pork, lamb with cumin, beef hotpot with chilli oil and wu xiang pork. Less so the spiced chicken, which was all bones,a and the make-your-own wok option, which had an excellent bouillon base, but the strange water-lily roots and fish balls lacked flavour. A shame, as overall the cooking is light and subtly flavoured, if not cheap (€8-€15 a dish). Watch out for the chilli – you’ll be offered strong, medium or weak, and even the medium strength will blow your head off. Don’t be too brave and risk ruining your meal.
|Venue name:||Au Poivre du Szechuan [CLOSED]||Contact:|
13 rue Louis Bonnet
|Opening hours:||Daily 11.30am-2.30pm (except Thu), 6pm-10.30pm|
|Transport:||Métro : Belleville ou Goncourt|
|Price:||Entre 8 et 12 euros le plat|