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Spices

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291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118-2311
+1 415-752-8885
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11:00 - 23:00
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

My late Chinese biz partner introduced me to this place...He himself did not like food very spicy, but he know it could not be too hot for ME, so he took me to Spices 11, a small unassuming little place in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco. Well, I want to tell you, I have had hot fish dishes... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

After eating at Spices I on 8th ave where I was really impressed.. i will never ever return to #II that is just around the corner. I had the lamb skewers that were dry and very fatty. And that was all there was on the plate - 5 skewers. No extra sauce and they don't have any condiments on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

Best tea! Price is ok parking is just hard especially early dinner...hot pot esp the seafood awesome! Fare price considering you're in San Francisco

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2010

Delicious, oily as all get-up but worth it, and good atmosphere. Try the dan dan mian!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2010

Very good Spicy Chinese Food. Ma Po Tofu has been my favorite so far. The Garlic Pork Shoulder is a good and popular dish here. Be prepared, if you don't like spicy food, this might not be the place for you.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2009

Yay, stinky tofu!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2008

Good and cheap food, but dang, does it spell BAD with the stinky tofu. Apparently, the other Spices restaurants don't stink as bad....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2008

Awesome Taiwanese/Singaporean/Malaysian type of food place. Spicy but delicious.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2008

Don't overestimate your spicey tolerance. A pretty hip spot for spicey Chinese food lovers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2007

Get the crab in black bean sauce.

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Asian, Chinese, Thai, Taiwanese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118-2311
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Richmond
  • Neighbourhood: The Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 415-752-8885
Description
At SPiCES! Restaurant, we deliver a new fusion of various Chinese Szechuan Cuisines, originating from Taiwan, Chung Ching, Chen Du, and Shanghai. This is a completely new concept of combining the most popular Szechuan dishes from different origins under one roof ! Our restaurant is decorated with bright and vibrant colors, corresponding to the heavy and exciting flavors of the cuisine served. Your tongues will tingle with sensation as your eyes will brighten up with our decor choices.
How we cook Szechuan food
Multiple Heat Levels
"One way that Szechuan cooking technique differs from American or European is that we actually have two levels of both high heat and slow-cooking. It is not unusual for a Szechuan dish to go through several high heat and low heat or slow-cooking techniques before the dish is complete and presented to the table."
Chili Pepper Flavors
"The small red chili peppers used in Szechuan cuisine differ from the red Mexican chili. It is not too spicy but it creates a warmth which opens the palate to greater sensitivity to the flavor profiles in Szechuan cuisine: sweet, sour, bitter, hot, salty, aromatic, and fragrant."
Technical
"Szechuan cuisine is extremely technical. There are over 100 Szechuan dishes and each one is flavored differently. For example, the preparation of our renowned dish, the 1000 Chili Pepper Fillet of Fish starts with roasting all of our chilis and then combining them."
Infused Oils
"We then infuse our chili oils, Szechuan peppercorn oil and an onion oil. We use the highest quality flounder we can find and we simmer it all day. A properly prepared fish tastes sweet, not salty. The dish then goes thru several slow-cooking and high heat cooking techniques. The slow-cooking is for color and the high temperature is for aroma."
Difficulty
"High heat technique is very difficult and not everyone can do it. It takes every moment of two weeks to train a new cook how to control it."

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