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• Chinese • Southwest Portland
My wife and I first patronized Szechuan Chef when it was brand new in town, having just taken over Noble House's space. We were the first to review it in TripAdvisor. It was our introduction to Szechuan cuisine. We followed when it moved to its current location. For a while, quality and consistency faltered but it got its mojo back. We have consistently enjoyed eating here -- we find that its shao long bao (soup dumplings) rank among the best and its regional specialty cold mixed beef outshines any we have tried in this region, British Columbia, San Francisco and New York. The homestyle lamb dry pot is to die for. There was a brief time we felt that Sichuan City or Szechuan Garden were slightly better but our visits over the past year have returned Szechuan Chef to the top, in our opinion. The only issue we have with it is its loss of patronage -- early on, it was always bustling with largely Asian families. I don't know what happened, but it deserves to be tried. Hint-- you can probably get a "meh" American Chinese meal here, but you wont find better Szechuanese cuisine!
We got to the restaurant 20 minutes early and they were still able to see us right away. The only thing I was not crazy about was the fact that we had to sit at one of those little tables for two where you’re so close to the people next to you, that It’s hard to carry on a conversation that’s not being listened to. Other than that, it was wonderful.