If you’ve ever wanted to know how to get rich as an ethnic restaurant in the highly touristy area of Sedona, look no further than Szechuan restaurant. This extremely clean and pristine restaurant serves very clean and pristine Chinese food.
However, I find good Chinese food to be dirty and messy.
This reminds me of another restaurant that’s popular in Arizona: PF Changs. Actually, I would rate Szechuan Restaurant a step above PF Changs for its portion size, great lighting and better food.
Before going into the restaurant, our crew went to a hike to Sedona and I tried really hard to push them to eat at an Asian restaurant because I wanted to review it. After our hike, I argued for the Chinese restaurant but the Oak Creek Brewery and Grill won out. However, it seems lady luck was on my side as we trudged through an hour or so of Sedona traffic, the place was closed. So I suggested the Asian one and so we went.
A rich chowder with some vegetables. Had bits of chicken. It reminded me of clam chowder mixed with Chinese corn soup.
Tastes pretty much like walnut shrimp. They “fill up” the dish with pineapple which I don’t see often. There was probably more pineapple than shrimp. The walnuts were very good, having a rustic powdery crunch than the standard glazed sugary crunch.
Beef and Broccolli
Very standard, uses small, greener borccolli florets compared to most restaurants using bigger, lighter stalks. The sauce is very brown.
Same as the broccoli. There was nothing necessarily bad about this dish but it wasn’t amazing.
Cut fillet style and drenched with sauce so the crunch disappeared. It was decent but too clean and not much “chicken” flavor.
Black Bean Shrimp
Not bad. I think you need to order shrimp and seafood here if anything. The shrimp was succulent and if you’re ver had black bean spare ribs, the taste is very similar to that.
Firm tofu cubes in a brown, “hot sauce”. It wasn’t very hot at all. I prefer my Mapo Tofu searing hot and with silken tofu but the American palette wins here.
A bottle of wine for $20.00. The color was a dark yellow and the taste was very sweet. I’d recommend this wine for your meal.
Though I did not eat the sushi, according to my friends, it was very good.
Mango Ice Cream
Surprisingly refreshing. The portion was a good size and the mango ice cream tasted like if you pureed pure mango and froze it.
You can tell this restaurant makes bank. The lanterns, the lions on the front, and the sleek and clean interior shows that these guys have a monopoly on Asian food here. This place mixes modern with traditional with once side having an amazingly fancy bar and the other side a wooden wall with those generic Chinese paintings on there.
Our group of 11 sat in this small guest room which could hardly fit two tables in there. Though it seemed a bit cramped, we adjusted pretty well. It was cozy, but comfortable.
Not the best service in the world. There were many times we had to really reach out and ask for things. I think their group has more priority catering towards individuals/couples rather than a bunch of rowdy kids. The waiters can be kind of forgetful and forgot a couple of dishes we had ordered on que, this tells me they really aren’t used to such big groups who know what they’re talking about,
However, they were extremely nice and really took the time to pay us out individually. However, this method took forever due to some outdated credit card technology.
Our hungry Sedona group paid about $20 dollars a meal while some other people paid around $13.00 for an entrée. The prices weren’t bad for a place in Sedona.
This restaurant has a great selection of Chinese food, Sushi, and bar stuff including plum wine. Typically, towns that don’t have very many Asian options can take advantage of the situation by combining different Asian food. Since sushi is some popular, it makes sense that they would incorporate this in their menu. The sushi chefs who work there are Chinese as they spoke mandarin when preparing the food.
There is something for everyone in this restaurant but as I keep on stressing, you won’t find something amazingly unique and authentic here and honestly, for the population that either rlives or visits here, they probably aren’t looking for any authentic Asian food in Sedona.
You won’t necessarily find authentic Chinese food here but you will find a nice, comfortable place with decent Asian cuisine. The ambiance is what sold me on the restaurant as I did really feel like I was in a typical clean Chinese restaurant with a Sedona feel.
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