15015 Main St, Ste 107
Bellevue, WA 98007
Mon-Thu, Sun 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri-Sat 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Szechuan Chef is another Asian restaurant in Bellevue making waves in the local food community. I was referred this place from a reader a few weeks back and had to see what all the fuss was about. Located in a strip mall with Walmart and LA Fitness, Szechuan Chef from the outside looks like any other Chinese restaurant. The inside was pretty nice, kind of like a modern take on Asian decor.
As for the food, these guys had a pretty extensive menu of Szechuan style Chinese food. I went with the Dan Dan noodles with the hand shaven noodles for about $9 after tax. When the food arrived it came in the biggest noodle bowl I have ever seen. The food was also filled to rim of the bowl with chunky strands of the hand shaven noodles (this was definitely a two person/meal serving).
I dug in immediately to the noodles and realized there was no bold spicy flavors like I’m used to from Szechuan food. I dug a little deeper into the noodles and realized I forgot to mix up the sauce and veggies that were on the bottom of the bowl (noob mistake). Once properly mixed you get all of the spiciness from the chilli oil and strong flavors form the crushed peanuts. The color of the sauce, a bright red-ish hue was a little deceiving. The dish was not overly spicy…probably a 2 or weak 3 star on a five star scale. There was also Chinese cabbage added in the mix which add a nice crunch to the soft noodles.
I also ordered the Ma Po Tofu to go and tried the Twice Cooked Pork my eating buddy had ordered (both from the lunch menu). As lunch menu items the orders also came with soup and rice (fried or white). Both the soup and fried rice was definitely nothing special. I will probably opt for the white rice next time but you really didn’t need the rice at all since the entrees were more than enough to make us full. For $8-$9 for either of the orders will be a viable option for lunch.
Although everything was pretty good the obvious star of the place was the hand shaven noodles. Make sure to try them out with the Dan Dan Noodle entree.