Harden's survey result
“Your tastebuds are in for a roller-coaster ride” at this “madhouse of a venue, packed with Chinese diners” – less on account of its spartan décor than its “very strong spice combinations” and “outstanding” dishes of offal, etc (“put your concerns behind you…chitterlings are lovely!”). “There’s a lot more competition in the Chinese restaurant market nowadays, but this place still more than holds its own against the best”.
“Exactly what dining in an authentic restaurant in a town in Sichuan would be like” – down to the “cheap furniture and cheap tableware, and service of the silent just-point-at-the-menu variety”. On the food front it’s “really exciting”...“expect lots of garlic and chilli and offal (plus “squishy textures”) and enjoy!”
“No gastronomical trip to Oxford should miss My Sichuan” – an “old-school building just by the bus station”, whose food is “unashamedly what it says on the can” (“fiery” and “robust”, with unusual meats like tripe and tongue). As a result it “attracts a lot of Chinese diners” – others may “need help with the menu”.
“Go once and – if you like Sichuan cooking – you’ll be hooked” on this “really interesting”, if “slightly Spartan” old schoolhouse, near the Ashmolean, which is “always bursting with diners”. “It’s not for the faint of heart” – “dishes are heavy on grease (as in China), and definitely heavy on chillies too”, and include “unusual” ingredients (duck tongues, pig tripe, frogs legs), but if you can take it, results are “brilliant and exciting”.
|Wine per bottle||£19.50|
The Old School, Gloucester Grn, Oxford, OX1 2DA
|Monday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑12 am|
|Saturday||12 pm‑12 am|
|Sunday||12 pm‑11 pm|