Sanxia, SE8 4PQ
- 36 Deptford Broadway, SE8 4PQ
As of December 2019 the premises are occupied by another Sichuan restaurant called Jinjiang.
The information below is retained for historical purposes.
The decor is little-changed from its previous incarnation, with plain walls, a tiled floor, and paper Chinese lanterns hanging from the low ceiling. A couple of geometric wooden screens divide up the room, making it seem a little less institutional.
Kake visited on a Friday lunchtime in May 2019. I was the only eat-in customer during my visit, though the staff were also finishing up their lunch at one of the tables when I arrived just after noon, and several people came in for takeaways while I was there. Peaceful music was playing, not too loud.
I ordered from their lunch menu, choosing sea spiced aubergine with minced pork (鱼香茄子; £7.20 including rice) photo. The aubergines were cooked just right: soft but not falling apart, and rich but not greasy. The proportions of pork and aubergine were well balanced, and the sauce had a decent balance between sweet, salty, and spicy, with a good hit of ginger flavour too. The rice was fine, and the portion was just right for lunch.
Service was fine. A 10% service charge was auto-added to the bill.
Kake's verdict: I'd happily come back to this and both of the other branches.
Accessibility: No step to get in, and no steps to the toilets.
- Photos of the menu as of May 2019: main page 1, main page 2, main page 3, lunch
- The Observer review (Jay Rayner)