finally, my quest to find an adequate substitute for my favorite sichuan haunt in PA has come to a glorious end!
perhaps my previous virginity regarding sichuan food has kept me from discovering this chili-haven located on uhlandstrasse – after all, it’s been around for over a decade, and it took me this long to find it.
i’ve been back three times now (more than any other berlin resto this summer), and i’ll most definitely be back – for their cucumber salad with chili oil, the stir-fried water spinach
the ma po tofu, or any of the braised dishes
brimming with my latest serious addiction: the sichuan peppercorn. its unique floral aroma and slightly numbing qualities, making it possible to ingest large numbers of very spicy chili peppers predominant in many sichuan dishes, has become a flavor i not only crave, but can conjure in my mouth days later. i love it, i love it, I LOVE IT!
i urge anyone looking for excellent sichuan food in berlin – a city where cantonese restaurants still make up the vast majority – to check this place out! granted, you’ll have to insist they don’t hold back on the desired spiciness, which remains the dilemma of any non-asian… that is, until you become a regular. i’d like to consider myself one by now. hell yeah.
tian fu / uhlandstr. 142 / 030 861 3015 / www.tianfu.de
(reservations highly recommended, even on weekdays).