Located on the quieter part of Gouger Street, That Restaurant on Gouger specialises in serving Chinese Sichuan cuisine. The dishes on their menu are marked with their level of spiciness, allowing diners to pick those that are suited to their tolerance of heat.
The slices of chicken in the Boiled Chicken with Hot Chilli and Peanut Sauce were tender and the chilli sauce had a medium degree of spiciness. The sauce also included enough crushed peanuts to impart the dish with a delectable nutty flavour. The scattering of fried whole peanuts added some crunch and the bean sprouts that the chicken was served on took on the flavour of the sauce well.
Boiled Chicken with Hot Chilli and Peanut Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While the pieces of chicken in the Spicy Chilli Chicken dish had bones in them, it was not a difficult task eating the flesh off them. The chicken was fried sufficiently to give them a nice golden-brown colour. Be mindful however that the ample amount of dried chilli gives the dish a potent spicy punch. Peanuts were tossed with the chicken for a bit of crunch.
Spicy Chilli Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the available dishes that was not spicy, the Stir-fried Broad Beans, Bean Curd & Chinese Chutney with Garlic had broad beans that still retained a bit of bite and were partnered nicely by the chunks of tofu. The sauce that the broad beans were cooked in imparted a delectable savoury flavour and there was enough sauce to ensure that the dish was not too dry.
Stir-fried Broad Beans, Bean Curd & Chinese Chutney (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
When ordering their dumplings, diners can have them boiled or fried. The dumplings featured one of four fillings - Pork and Cabbage, Beef and Carrot, Chicken and Prawn or Vegetarian. The pork and cabbage filling that we chose was succulent and the skin of the fried dumplings was not too thick. While tasty enough on their own, a dipping sauce was provided to add more flavour.
Fried Pork and Cabbage Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you are looking for a place to enjoy Sichuan food away from the bustle of Chinatown consider giving That Restaurant on Gouger a try.