Restaurant: Szechuan Impression
Location: 1900 W Valley Blvd. Alhambra, CA 91803. (626) 283-4622
Date: September 14, 2014
Cuisine: Szechuan Chinese
Rating: Red sauce for the win
Szechuan is among my favorite Chinese sub-regions. It’s also, somewhat mysteriously, a really hot genre. Chengdu Taste is so hot (haha) that the line rolls around the corner. This diner was organized by Skylar.
Vegetables in Chili Oil. As you’ll see, red chili oil is the rule more than the exception with this cuisine. This appetizer is a bunch of vegetables and weird chicken parts (gizzards or hearts?) skewered in hot (two types of hot) chili oil.
Overall, Szechuan Impression was very tasty. The ingredient quality and presentation was a notch or too up from some of the other valley Szechuan places. Like Chengdu Taste they didn’t allow wine (bummer). Service was good. The flavor was good. If they get their liquor license and allow wine I’d love to return. I think we also could have done a better job ordering, mixing it up a bit to have more different proteins and less wall to wall red sauce. This particular group we were with likes to keep the cost down, but this is a place where cheap is $25 a head and “going nuts” is $35.