The owner, Sam, and his family are kind and friendly people who've been brining us back, time after time for 14 years. If the craving strikes, it's the only option on Salt Spring, unless you count the potsticker stand at the Saturday market.
As others have recommended, try the Ginger Beef and Wor Wonton soup and Sizzling Rice soup. One reviewer criticised the lack of spice-- if you want Szechuan authenticity, it's true that you have to insist on the dish being spiced heavily. I do.
Whatever the reviewer who claimed food poisoning ate, it didn't come out of Sam's kitchen. That's really a bad rap. I have eaten there literally a hundred times, usually buying dinner or take out for a small army. Its wholesome! It's too bad that reviewers can make unfair statements, especially just a second hand surmise from someone who didn't even personally eat there and I guess didn't tell the truth when he vouched that he did (ie, "I certify that this review is based on my own experience")
Another comment-- this is a humble but presentable place in a small strip mall. The kind of place you take hungry kids too, not your beloved to "pop the question." It's definitely not the place in the picture above. I assume the picture is the view over breakfast at Hastings House, a very expensive, Michelin star caliber Relais and Chateau venue that's a half mile away on the harbour.
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