Price Range : $11-30 ($$)
Adress: 11102 W National Ave, West Allis, WI 53227
Phone: (414) 885-0856
- turned_in_notHealth Score67 out of 100
- list_altTakes ReservationsYes
- credit_cardAccepts Credit CardsYes
- thumb_upGood ForLunch, Dinner
- local_parkingParkingPrivate Lot
- directions_bikeBike ParkingYes
- turned_in_notWheelchair AccessibleYes
- accessibilityGood for KidsYes
- groupGood for GroupsYes
- volume_upNoise LevelAverage
- local_barAlcoholBeer & Wine Only
- turned_in_notGood For Happy HourNo
- transit_enterexitOutdoor SeatingNo
- tvHas TVNo
- turned_in_notDogs AllowedNo
- turned_in_notWaiter ServiceYes
I was looking specifically for a hot-pot place in my area and found Sze Chuan. I'm glad that I did. I only really eat hot-pot there, so my review will pretty much be on that.
As noted in other reviews, the place's decor isn't fantastic and the service is strange - you will likely be served by three or so people during your meal there. Even with this, all of my requests on each of my visits have been taken care of and nothing fell through the cracks, so that works for me. The servers are all polite and have always taken good care of me and others that I've brought along.
You'll start off your hot-pot experience by ordering an appetizer that comes with the all-you-can-eat option. I highly recommend the spicy pork dumpling. The dumplings are great and the savory, spicy sauce is amazing.
I really enjoy spicy food and in my time trying to order spicy Chinese food in the greater Milwaukee area, I've always been disappointed. No matter how many times I stress at various restaurants that I can take, and want, quite of bit of spice I didn't get it. None delivered until I went to Sze Chuan. Their spicy hot-pot will make you sweat and clear your sinuses! I've finally found my spicy Chinese restaurant, so that makes me happy. For those who don't like spicy food with your hot-pot, you can get all mild broth or half spicy, half mild as well.
If you go there with the intention of eating a full meal of hot-pot, I'd suggest just going for the all-you-can eat and enjoy yourself. They don't, for whatever reason, have the hot-pot items menu on their site, but on my next visit I'll try to get a picture of it and post here. The hot-pot menu items are many and varied and will leave you some room to try new things. Don't be shy about checking off items that you want to eat, but also read the selection sheet and note that if there is enough left over uneaten in the hot-pot, they will charge you separately for that in addition to the all-you-can-eat price (for wasting food). Also, the all-you-can-eat option is good for 1.5 hours. Feast well!
The meats all taste wonderful and even if you're eating spicy, you can get an extra dose of spicy ordering the spicy meats, which come to your table coated in Szechuan peppers. Delicious! The veggies and vegetarian options are great also. Try the tofu skin! I know that it doesn't sound appetizing, but it's delicious in the hot-pot. The bamboo is also good and tastes like asparagus without the fibery texture to it. All of the mushrooms are wonderful.
I tried the duck blood (comes in congealed squares) to be adventurous, as I'd never tried it, and it turns out that it's the only thing on the hot-pot menu that I personally avoid. It just tasted like flavorless tofu or gelatin to me. Don't let that stop you from trying, though.
While I've indulged in hot-pot alone, it's best when shared with friends. I highly recommend it for your next small (4 or so people) get-together. Any more than 4 people and the hot-pot can get a little hectic.
If you're on a quest for hot-pot in the greater Milwaukee area - West Allis specifically - in my opinion, look no further than Sze Chuan. You will not be disappointed!
This place is the real deal. I've been there twice now with my gf. We've ordered pork, beef and shrimp dishes. All very fresh and big on taste.
Crab Rangoons are the best I've ever tasted, hands-down. The shrimp we not breaded which is a huge plus cause you never what you're getting at many American-Asian restaurants. Many of them bread everything, deep fry and just douse everything in sweet sauce. This place is different. Service is friendly, attentive and quick. Prices are very reasonable. I've tried many Chinese restaurants in Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas and this one beats them all.
Will go back again
Pretty authentic as advised by my friend's parents. They also serve Americanized Chinese.
We ordered the mapo tofu with ground pork, dry chili chicken, spicy Szechuan pork dumplings and something else like pork in a hot pot.
Pro tip: don't order every dish as spicy. Having an array allows you to enjoy each without suffering or consuming larger quantities of rice.
Portions are huge, plenty of leftovers! Everything was so delicious. I really enjoyed the mapo tofu and the hot pot pork dish (not really sure about the name). The dishes tend to embellish on the quantity of peppercorn but they are usually easy to pick out.
The dry chili chicken tasted like popcorn chicken. Nothing too special. If you accidentally inhale a chili, it'll burn!
If you prefer a simple menu this not the place for you, but if you prefer fantastic flavor and great service then you may want to give this place a shot. I stopped in for lunch and like most Asian cuisine there is a lunch special. I chose to dine in at the nice little dining room, from the outside you wouldn't guess that there was plenty of comfortable seating. After starring at the vast menu I went with the simplistic orange chicken. They started out with the choice of soup, egg drop or hot and sour. I went with the hot and sour and it was pretty standard but the spice really popped like no other I've had, very good. Next came the shrimp roll, a light wrap with fresh cabbage, not much shrimp but the lemon flavored sauce was the star here. I could have dipped a gym shoe in that sauce! Finally the orange chicken and fried rice. I like that it was a vegetable fried rice and was a perfect portion for lunch, not much flavor but good. The orange chicken was a blast of orange peel in a sweet red sauce and a perfect marriage to the bland rice. The chicken was crunchy, not soggy as one would think from sitting in that lake of sauce. I will be back, the menu is a challenge but the flavors here are not like the average take out we are all used to. Give this place a try.
Real Chinese real Szechuan peppercorns real flavor.... our friends decide to take us here and treat us to dinner and I'm so happy that it chose this place! I haven't had good Chinese food in a long time and I'm not talking about around the corner take out stuff this was legit real Chinese food I want to say what we ordered had to of been top three of the best I've ever had. We ordered twice cooked pork, spicy Szechuan beef that had the very spicy tongue numbing Szechuan peppercorns & some spicy dumplings ( bowl of rice for each of us 4). Service was prompt, inside was clean, not a super fancy place but the food was amazing. I definitely recommend this place if you want great food. I look forward to visiting again so I can come back!