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Family Style Lunch at a "Hot," New Joint: Chengdu Taste in Alhambra for Szechuan

Please Make Note of Pleasure Palate Attendance Policies and our 3 Strikes Rule by clicking here before RSVP-ing to this Event. Cancelling your RSVP within 24 hours or not showing up at the event without contacting the Organizer ahead of time will result in a strike. 3 Strikes and You're Out!


(Left: Cumin Lamb)










  • We will meet inside the restaurant and will order shortly after 11:45am.
  • We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own alcoholic beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.
  • Cost per person is expected to be about $20 to $25, depending on how much food we order, plus any beverages, tax and gratuity.  Please bring at least $40 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill. THIS IS A CASH ONLY PLACE!
  • Yelp Reviewers give Chengdu Taste an average of 5.0 Stars out of 5 (from the 6 reviews it has received thus far).  You can read those reviews here:
  • Limited parking in their private lot is available behind the restaurant and is accessible off the alley way.  Street parking is available.  Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions.
  • I will email all attendees my cell number the night before the lunch, so that I can be contacted if you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.

Earlier this month, I discovered a new Szechuan (Sichuan) restaurant in Alhambra that's being discussed on Chowhound, so I decided to give it a try, since I was extremely disappointed as to how our last outing at Chung King in San Gabriel was.  The dishes at Chengdu Taste are spot on. I ordered my dishes with Medium Spiciness, and it was still rather tame for me.  So, be prepared to experience the heat during this outing as I will most likely ask them to prepare our dishes with a High Spiciness Level.

Even Jonathan Gold has discovered this place, though he only tweeted a couple of times about it, and has yet to write a review.  Perhaps this is a good thing, as we may be able to eat without the crowds that usually slam a restaurant in response to a good Jonathan Gold review.

We're discovering this place at the right time as it just written up on on July 24th:

Suggested menu items for the lunch (subject to change):

  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Boiled Fish Slices in Hot Sauce
  • Cumin Lamb
  • Cold Mung Bean Jelly with Chili
  • Sauteed String Beans (non-spicy)
  • Second Sister's Numbing Rabbit
  • Twice Cooked Pork with Special Chili Sauce
  • Griddle Cooked Frog with Peppers
  • Chili Wontons
  • Cold Noodle in Garlic Sauce



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  • yarom l.

    all was good, tho the kung pao chicken was spectacular

    July 27, 2013

  • Daisy

    The lamb was good. So was the fish. Noodles were pretty good too!

    July 27, 2013

  • Daisy

    Almost didn't make it. Had asthma attack on the way.

    July 27, 2013

  • Daisy

    On the way. 11:00

    July 27, 2013

  • Lisa F

    Sorry to be last minute! I'm so mad I can't go...

    July 26, 2013

  • Daisy

    Yes. I eat frog legs.

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • yarom l.

    cant wait. My only wish, was that it was a dinner not lunch. But can always return for dinner down the road

    July 20, 2013

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