Chef Liu Restaurant strives to bring the flavors of Sichuan and Chongqing cuisine to each dish he prepares. While this style cuisine features a wide range of tastes, the most famous, known as Mala, results in a tingling sensation associated with the heat from eating Sichuan peppercorns. For this reason, chilis peppers and Sichuan peppers imported directly from Sichuan China for an authentic flavor.
But fret not, spice-adverse diners, there are a number of other Sichuan flavor profiles to enjoy including Suan La (hot and sour), sweet and sour, Guai Wei (mixed taste) and salty savory.
Two not-to-miss dishes are the Mapo Tofu and Kong Pao Chicken, though more adventurous eaters will want to try the squirrel fish, a deep fried de-boned fish with sweet and sour sauce that is Instagram-worthy in presentation.
Chef Liu Restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (and Friday to Sunday to 9:30 p.m.)