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  • Spicy Empire, San Mateo

    Spicy Empire Restaurant Review, San Mateo

    Posted by Foodnut.com

    Reviewer: Foodnut.com

    Spicy Empire

    105 W. 25th Ave.

    San Mateo, CA 94403


    Spicy Empire San Mateo_0038

    Spicy Empire is a Chinese restaurant that recently opened in the former location of Shanghai East. They focus on Sichuan Chinese cuisine with an emphasis on spicy dishes.

    Their sister restaurant is The Pot Sticker in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

    Summary – Extremely spicy Sichuan Chinese food for those who dare.
    Insider Tip – Order crab the day before you dine. Beer, Rice, and milk are necessities. Leave the kids at home.

    Cuisine – Sichuan Chinese cuisine
    Location – San Mateo
    Opened – January 2011

    Service – Typical Chinese marginal service is present at Spicy Empire. Dishes were so hot that we could barely taste ingredients. We ate dinner with 12 people and all of us agreed!

    Verdict – Spicy Empire serves up extremely spicy food of average quality. We prefer the Sichuan restaurants Crouching Tiger in Redwood City, and China Village in Albany over Spicy Empire.

    Signature Dishes – Spicy fish fillet, cumin beef ribs, pancake couples delight.

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    Spicy Empire San Mateo spicy crab

    Spicy crab

    Spicy Empire San Mateo spicy fish filet

    Spicy fish fillet with flaming chili oil, Salt-and-pepper prawns, cumin lamb, eggplant with garlic sauce, dried sautéed string beans

    OK: (Order if you like this dish)

    Spicy Empire San Mateo fried string beans salty egg yolk

    Deep fried string beans with salty egg yolk, Green onion pancake, raw beef Rice noodle soup, sesame chicken, sweet and sour pork

    Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
    Steamed pork soup dumpling

    Spicy Empire on Urbanspoon

    Spicy Empire Overall Rating: (Good 2)

    Come Back?

    Food Rating: (Good)
    Service Rating: (Average)
    Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
    Value Rating: (Good)

    Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

    Alcohol:Beer, Wine
    Posted on March 11th, 2011
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