Chengdu Szechuan Bistro in Vancouver’s West End serves up delicious regional Chinese cuisine that you can’t get anywhere else in the neighborhood. Opened just over a year ago at the bottom of Denman and Robson, it has quickly become a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Eating in Vancouver was invited by the restaurant to check out some of the signature dishes along with some new items to the menu, so I asked Melissa to join me for some Szechuan treats.
We started with one of the new items on the menu, the Beef Pancake Roll. This is a dish that I love and Chengdu makes one of the best I’ve had in a while. The beef was nice and juicy with a generous amount used. The pancake wasn’t overly greasy and had nice layers in the pastry.
One of Chengdu’s signature dishes are the Wok Fries that come in three varieties: Kung Pao, Spicy Szechuan and Butter with Fresh Garlic. The fries are completely cooked in the wok which makes for an unbelievably crunchy fry, then tossed and seared with the different sauces. The Kung Pao was on the sweet side for myself but I did like the peanuts used in the sauce. The Spicy Szechuan and Butter and Garlic were our favorite flavors.
Moving on to the main course items, we were served some Ginger Beef along with Lemon Chicken. The ginger beef was nice and juicy with lovely seasoning in the sauce, but I would have liked more ginger flavor. The lemon chicken on the other hand was perfect. They cooked the chicken just right with a nice light batter and the sauce had a hint of orange with a good amount of real lemon juice.
Lastly for our mains we had the Seafood served in Bird’s Nest. The bird’s nest is actually made from shredded potatoes and then deep-fried. This was packed full of prawns and squid along with some scallops and veggies in a light sauce. All the seafood was cooked nicely so it still was moist and the squid wasn’t tough.
For dessert we had the Deep Fried Bananas and Ice Cream. For me this is a dessert I usually have at Thai restaurants, so to see it here surprised me. The bananas were nicely battered and fried then drizzled with honey. This dish was a great dessert and perfect way to cap off a delicious meal.
Overall we really enjoyed our visit to Chengdu Szechuan Bistro – the food was delicious, service attentive and informative and the prices are fair. Chengdu is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. So if you’re in the West End looking for some good Szechuan eats, then stop by Chengdu.