Spicy House is a family-style Szechuan joint, complete with lots of pictures on the menu, an aquarium, and a golden dragon gate. There were only two of us at this particular meeting of the Convoy Recon, so I can’t say with any completeness how good the menu is, but I can say that what we did have greatly exceeded expectations. We skipped the lunch menu items (smaller portions with rice, egg rolls, and a salad, I think) and went straight for dinner plates of Eggplant and Green Beans and Szechuan Fish with the standard steamed rice and tea.
The fish, and quite a bit of it, came swimming in a malevolent red lake of spicy goodness and a handful of cilantro on top. It was perfectly tender: tasty and spicy at once, and a little bit of that numbing spice – I think it’s called “flower pepper” – but not enough to make me feel like I was at the dentist. But in my mind, the Eggplant and Green Beans dish was a stand-out. It was spicy as hell but also hugely tasty, braised just right so the eggplant was a little crusty on the outside and hot mush on the inside. I am often accused of hyperbole: still, this may have been the best Chinese eggplant I’ve ever had. I keep dreaming about savory crinkled purple boats lobbing salty cannonades at my taste buds.
In conclusion, Spicy House will be revisited and its menu explored more fully, though how I could ever go there and not order the Eggplant is beyond me. Cheers!
Note: see the comment below for more heartfelt Spicy House accolades.