Spicy Empire Restaurant Review, San Mateo

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Spicy Empire

105 W. 25th Ave.

San Mateo, CA 94403


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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

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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

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