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Best Chinese Restaurant Minneapolis 2013 - Grand Szechuan

Grand Szechuan

Grand Szechuan

10602 France Ave. S.

Bloomington, MN 55431


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On the beige horizon of a suburban street sits a hidden restaurant gem. While Grand Szechuan shares a parking lot with other, less thrilling establishments, there is nothing bland, beige, or ordinary about the cuisine inside the restaurant. It's hard to tell from the outside, but the expansive room is incredibly comfortable, with plenty of seating. The booths are semi-private places to tuck into a bowl of seriously spicy fare. Dan Dan noodles, an excellent starter, are velvety soft, in a pork-studded, fiery sauce balanced with a twinge of sour and a blaze of addictive heat. The dishes, flecked with the searing, numbing Szechuan peppercorns, are never simply hot for the sake of pain (although it is such a delicious pain); the heat is just one component of a complex array of flavors and sensations. Tender, sweet fish shines in a hellfire broth. Chendu dumplings are coated in brimstone-colored chili oil but carry a whisper of sweetness in their sauce. Hot, sour, sweet, savory, salty, and wholly delicious, Grand Szechuan lives up to its name.

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This was my first time going to Grand Szechuan and I can honestly say I'm disappointed. The food was salty and cold when we finally received it but it was the service that ruined the night. We sat there for a good portion of the meal just trying to get utensils. We saw our server once when he took our order and that was it. Any request we had was carried out by our bus boy, not our server. We left a GENEROUS tip for the service we received but before we even left our seats the server came up to us and told us it was a bad tip and prevented us from leaving until we gave him more. I work as a server and that was probably the worst job performance I have seen. Extremely rude and made everyone at the table uncomfortable--needless to say, we will not be returning.


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