When Miso & Sushi displayed evidence of finally being about the replace probably the most horrid restaurant carpet in the city, I inwardly rejoiced. When it became apparent that the replacement carpet heralded a change of name/ownership I felt rather gloomy.
What has opened in its place is a Chinese called Szechuan Kitchen. The interior has a smart black tiled floor and neatly formal tables and chairs. Much as with Miso & Sushi it looks likely that it will find favour more as a takeaway option, but I was happy to sit in.
Their menu is familiarly extensive. I decided to open with their salt and chilli tofu then followed with beef noodle soup. I noticed that there was a sign saying that they’re a cash only place for now, so following some useful advice from the attentive waitress on where was the nearest cash machine I took the opportunity to pop out and get the required notes.
My starter arrived promptly upon my return. The chunks of tofu were quite large and the portion was plentiful. It proved to be very tasty with a good salt and chilli kick, as expected.
The main course was similarly tasty. The abundant chunks of beef looked a little anaemic but packed good flavour. The broth was subtle and delicious with plenty of soft noodles buried in the depths. I was very pleased with it.
So overall, Szechuan Kitchen is doing good work. I’m sad about Miso & Sushi’s demise but glad to see a good place emerge from the ashes. I’d be happy to recommend a visit.
Blythe scores Szechuan Kitchen
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: salt and chilli tofu; beef noodle soup
I drank: Tsingtao
I wore: newish replacement pinstripes
Total bill: £15.20