Szechuan Mountain House, an award-winning New York City-based restaurant group with a devoted fan base, has landed in Boston. The group opened a stylish new spot at 89 Brighton Avenue, in Allston, in mid-November.
As the name suggests, the fiery cuisine of Sichuan — a province located in southwestern China — is the focus here. The group’s culinary director, chef Zhi Min Zhu, is overseeing the Boston menu, which includes many of the hit dishes found at the group’s other locations, including the crowd-favorite swing pork belly. The photogenic dish features thin strips of pork belly and slices of cucumber hanging on a wooden rod, suspended over a cup of minced garlic and chile oil dipping sauce.
While the menu is similar across all of its locations in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, the group is excited about the access to fresh seafood that this particular expansion provides. “For this Boston location, we are using local seafood to elevate our soups and stews,” store manager Jerry Wang says. He recommends trying the ma-ma (numbing, spicy) hot fish stewed with green peppers and peppercorns “to let your mouth feel the authentic burning from Szechuan.”
The 3,000 square-foot, 47-seat restaurant is designed in the restaurant group’s signature upscale style, boasting classic Chinese ink paintings and calligraphy on the walls, flower art, and illuminated koi floats suspended from the ceiling. “Each Mountain House location keeps our core aesthetic,” brand operations manager Ariala Luo says.
The Boston location marks the fourth restaurant opening for Szechuan Mountain House. It first launched in the East Village in 2015 and gained attention for its experimental, eclectic approach to the cuisine in New York. Soon after, a second New York City location popped up in Flushing, and a West Coast expansion followed this past summer in Los Angeles. Luo and Wang didn’t disclose specific further expansion plans at this time, but said that they generally hope to keep expanding across the U.S. “If there is a huge demand for Szechuan food, Mountain House will try our best to be in that location,” Luo says.
Szechuan Mountain House is located at 89 Brighton Avenue, in Allston. It is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.