From the crew behind Chinatown's Sakura, just-opened Spice 28 is new Szechuan-ery on Chestnut: a futuristic-looking, long 'n narrow space with a cool, neon-lined lumber canopy overhead and a wall of laser-cut wood panels that look like giant Scantrons, which, duh, you're gonna want to C.
Far East fare includes handhelds like crispy spicy cucumbers, roasted duck rolls, and blue crab fajitas, while silverware-required-ers count seared scallops w/ seasoned jellyfish, and choose-your-own-protein-adventure plates. They've also got a run of authentic Szechuan dishes (read: hotter than a Craigslist iPhone), all ranked on the menu by heat level on a scale of 1-3, from mildly seasoned salt & pepper squid, to mid-spiced "double cooked" pork belly, to heavily spiced bowls of brothless, secret-seasoned "dry pots" of fish and chicken.
Oh, and there's a bar up front that'll offer up cocktails specially designed to pair with heat, just as soon as the liquor license dudes grant their approval -- here's hoping they don't get test-y.
Published: July 30, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
1228 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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