By Nicholas Boer – Published 4:46 pm, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Quietly counting the chile peppers in my cumin lamb – “18, 19, 20” – I sensed the table of six behind me resting their chopsticks. “Punishment yields rewards,” a woman says. The host weighs in: “No, the reward comes first.” That reward is the robust flavor of John Yao’s Sichuan […]
This week, beloved Szechuan destination China Village returned to the East Bay. The 15-year-old Albany restaurant suffered a fire back in spring 2012, and it’s been a long road back since then. Now, well over a year later, China Village chef-owner John Yao reopened the doors.
CHINA VILLAGE China Village in Albany reopened this week after a fire in spring 2012 forced it to close down. The beloved Szechuan spot (pictured, top: its five-spice pork), which has been in Albany for 15 years, has had a makeover, according to Inside Scoop SF. There’s a beautiful new banquet room (pictured, right) and […]
The table was set with a wonderfully fresh kimchi – slightly spicy, not funky at all,which i actually love in Korean kimchi, but this was great. we actually asked for a 2nd helping, but our server forgot. which was just as well. the tan tan noodles were the winner for me – perfectly cooked noodles, […]
China Village Szechuan Cuisine Restaurant to Reopen Early July 1335 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA Albany, 6/19/13 – Albany’s favorite Go-To Szechuan Restaurant is slated to open the first week of July, 2013. After a year of renovating and remodeling his restaurant, Chef John Yao is ready to open the doors to his China Village Szechuan […]