From Chinese restaurant offerings for the timid — steamed dumplings, general Tso chicken, eggrolls and edamame — to spicy Sichuan specialties, this restaurant's gigantic Soft Opening menu offers about 90 items total, making it nearly impossible for a party of one to choose his or her own adventure wisely. Definitely bring friends, spice lovers or not.
The dining room looks as if it can accommodate larger parties, including a centralized hightop that includes seating for about nine or ten people. The industrial feel is perked up by large fresh flowers and great light pouring in from the large windows, where you can watch a meter maid outside hand out parking citations all day long.
Many dishes will be recognizable to fans of Houston favorites such as Mala, Pepper Twins or Chengdu Taste. Spicy Girl has its own variations of spicy dumplings, jelly noodles, boiled beef, spicy fried chicken cubes and even a Strange Taste Chicken.
"How do I tell what's spicy? Is everything spicy?" asked a man among a four top of suits who'd rolled in for an office lunch. There aren't the ubiquitous pepper pictures on the menu designating the level of spice here. The servers take note of how much heat you want.
I ordered a cucumber salad to get the train rolling, and its touch of fiery red oil keeps a cooler head than the variation at Mala, the cucumber here cut thicker, but still quite delicious.
A serving of 3 "favor" pepper chicken was beautifully plated in a horn-of-plenty-type basket, with tender bits of chicken and Sichuan peppercorns again on the subtle side, with added heat from dry chile peppers and the sweetness of fried green pepper. You'll sweat a little. Your water will taste funky for a second; the lemon seemingly more tart. But it's all perfection. The heat builds up over time in a good way. It's like soaking in a hot tub. And who doesn't want to soak in a hot tub on his or her lunch break?
Spicy Girl, 917 Winbern, Unit B