The week was not going well. And our solution to bad weeks is to drink cocktails and make light of life’s problems.
This is the reason Ginger Orchid called Szechuan Gourmet at 11:00am on a Wednesday to inquire about their booze selection.
Assured that they have “wine,” (they also have beer, but we hate beer more than Vodka Stinger hates Cheesecake Lollipop trees), we venture into the depths of midtown that evening for Frank Bruni’s Best Thing I Ever Ate dish to eat WITH CHOPSTICKS: Crispy Cumin Lamb Filets. Now the best thing Vodka Stinger has ever eaten with chopsticks was cold, leftover pasta when all of her forks were in the dishwasher (it was a particularly fat night), but she’s willing to give the lamb filets a try.
However, we encounter a big issue: Szechuan Gourmet does not serve wine. They serve RICE wine. Which is nothing like real wine whatsoever.
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We’re sure rice wine is an acquired taste, and one that we have not yet acquired. The best way to describe it is that it tastes like a hardcore, rustic Polish vodka that Vodka Stinger was once served against her will. Just remember that if you see rice wine on the menu, you will not be getting white zinfandel.
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And the lack of booze didn’t help wash them down.
|Not All That Crispy But Very Cuminy|
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Szechuan Gourmet’s Crispy Cumin Lamb Filets: 3 stars