Words cannot express how much I love Chengdu Delight.
Since I’ve visited, I might have gone 5 times with work people or friends.
It looks nice, it has a river, it has a piano, and it’s clean and professional.
On top of that, they have great food and amazing customer service when they’re not too busy.
The cold pork belly dish is spicy and tender. If you like fatty, gelatinous strips of pork fat, this dish is for you. Long strips of pork belly are layered in a small dish and have been slow cooked with a spicy red sauce. This is a great appetizer and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of pork belly.
Dumplings with Chilli Sauce
People in yelp raved about it so that’s why we got it. I wasn’t super impressed at it seemed like average potstickers in a chilli sauce.
Spicy Hot Pot
An assortment of meats such as chicken, beef and tofu with bean sprouts and covered in a spicy Szechuan spice. The “soup” portion is a small amount of water and a huge amount of chilli oil. This dish was amazing. It was abundant, it was impressive, and it stayed true to Szechuan cuisine. I would honestly say this was the best hot pot dish I’ve ever tasted.
If you can’t handle “ma-la” or spicy/tingling types of food, this might be hard to handle but if you love spicy food, then this dish will satisfy. I wouldn’t say the dish is super spicy, but it builds up because of the Szechuan peppers in it. If you’re adventurous, I would highly suggest eating this.
I wanted some vegetables and the picture had broccoli so I ordered this. It only came with two florets of broccoli.
I kind of playfully complained and they came back with a dish of broccoli! Talk about customer service! For the chicken, it was above average. The crunch was good and the aount of sauce was perfect. The breading can be described as more light and fluffy rather than dense and crunchy.
I have a hard time finding mapo tofu here. Good mapo tofu. This place has the most beautiful and legitimate mapo tofu I’ve ever tasted. Most if not all of the mapo tofu just doesn’t have the Szechuan pepper which I think is key to this dish. What you can also tell in the picture is that the tofu cubes are perfectly intact and they glisten with a red glimmer.
A very popular dish according to their staff. White fish in an oily, spicy soup and sprinkled with Szechuan peppers. The fish is very sturdy and it seems like it was just simmered in the spicy soup. When you eat it, you definenelty get the spiciness but you also get the fleshy, meaty texture of the white fish. Highly recommended dish if you are into seafood and unique cuisine.
I have a soft spot for this dish. This is stir-fried sliced pork intestentns littered with chiolli pepper and green onions. The intestines are a treat because you have a salty, crunchy exterior and a gooey, fatty inside. If that sounds delicious to you, you should get this dish! Great with rice.
Small, meatball sized friend chicken bits tossed with chilli peppers. The chicken is definenently deep fried with a light coating. Watch out for this one, this has a lot of bones. Small bones are very common in legitimate Chinese cuisine. We find that the bone gives the emat more flavor and texture.
Not the best I had, but very flavorful. It’s more spicy and watery compared to other types of eggplant I’ve had.
The outside isn’t too impressive but when you walk into this restaurant, you become entranced with a welcoming gateway. The narrow hallway was masterfully put in place with a “bridge” that takes you to a banquet like room with glass art and a giant piano right in the middle of the room. A little girl was playing on the piano quite well and was a perfect accompaniment to our meal.
Service is fast, reliable and their customer service is top notch. They gave us free borccolli and rice by just asking. The waitresses were engaging and filled our water regularly. If you speak mandarin (I don’t) you will love it here.
In once went here when it was very busy and the waitresses really buckle under pressure and constantly apologies. Whether you sympathize with this or not I just want you to keep that in mind.
For what you get, the cost is worth it. You get a lot of food for under $20 dollars. Family style is highly recommended here and the menu is diverse enough where you have plenty of options.
Lunch special ranges to about $12 dollars and includes soup, a rice dish, and a main course meal.
The menu is very neat with a bit of tackiness. What’s really nice is that each dish has a picture of the food so you can see right there what you want. I guess I would say Chengdu Delight has a small selection compared to other Chinese restaurants I’ve been to and I think that’s a good thing. Sometimes, too many options gets you flustered but in this case, the smaller selection and impressive visuals really helps you choose what’s best.
For the ambiance and food, this might be the best Chinese restaurant I’ve ever been to in the Phoenix area. If you’re absolutely adventurous and love spicy food, I highly recommend the hot pot. The standard American Chinese food deal ain’t so bad either.