Review: Szechwan GardenAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
3649 Lafayette Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222
I will admit, part of me wants to move to Lafayette Square because of the food. I was desperately looking for an authentic experience and my pal Erin at Indianapolis Restaurant Scene mentioned Szechwan Garden. It was a rainy Tuesday night and there were only about four tables occupied. This place is huge: they have to be able to seat two hundred easily. The menu was equally as huge. There are probably over three hundred items on the menu. Many of the items are pretty adventures: chicken feet, pig intestines, you name it.
What I Got: Dumplings; $4.00. Salt and Pepper Seafood; $12.00. Beef Chow Fun; $8.00.
The pork dumplings were served in a somewhat spicy, oily sauce. The flavor was exceptional and the dumplings were cooked perfectly. There were a lot of sesame seeds in the sauce and I thought that added a bit of texture to the dish.
The Beef Chow Fun was flat and thick rice noodles. I thought that this dish was a touch bland, but really well done. I was really impressed with the quality of the beef and would definitely order more beef dishes when I return.
The Salt and Pepper Trio was awesome; fried shrimp, scallops, and squid. There was a thin covering of breading that lived up to the “salt” part of the name. The garnish was red pepper, green onion and bread crumbs. The seafood was perfectly fried and one of the best single dishes I have had in a while. Really simple, but really good.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, in fact, I can’t wait until I go again. I would hate to give the award of best Chinese in the city after one meal, but will say that this was the best meal I have had in a while. There are so many new things to try that I can’t imagine that I will get sick of it. The service was friendly and proud. Stop reading and go right now.