Bib Gourmand • Inspectors’ favourites for good value
Unlike many other spicy retreats, Da Xi Sichuan doesn’t go for the jugular with that tongue-numbing chili oil one-two punch. Instead, this elegantly designed spot on the second floor of the New World Mall shares a more nuanced approach to this regional Chinese cuisine. In fact, dishes such as the pig ear and wild mushroom or the crispy cucumber roll showcase a clear finesse and regard for restraint, while the Tibet-style pork ribs dusted with peppercorns are deliciously juicy, fatty and rich in the best possible way. Even the straightforward house special, featuring a mix of fluffy rice, pork bits and potatoes in a stone bowl, has been known to satisfy many an appetite. Warm, attentive service makes this large space feel especially warm and welcoming.