When visiting a Sichuan restaurant, it is always reassuring to be greeted by that numb-spicy aroma to get your mouth watering and give you a preview of what is to come. Firefox, the 2nd one to open in our city, does not hold back when it comes to the spice, and on the contrary, is quite considerate in making sure you get the maximum Sichuan taste that is bound to make you break a sweat.
We began with a couple of cold dishes. The Saliva Chicken(口水鸡, 28RMB) was much meatier than usual and was (relatively) mild in terms of spice and the Cured Sausage(腊味香肠, 28RMB) on a bed of cucumber even more so, both serving well as a warm up to the more spicier dishes.
For main dishes, being in the company of spice lovers, we ordered a selection that would satisfy most fans of numb and spicy flavours. Numb-spicy Fish(麻辣鱼, 68RMB) is always a must in restaurants like this and certainly had me sweating within the first few mouthfuls, plus was the portion size was generous too(we had a small between three). The Mapo Tofu(麻婆豆腐, 12RMB) had a moderate level of spice, while their Skewers(蜀香上士签, 48RMB) were considerably hotter and featured contained shrimp, mushroom, quail eggs, lotus root and broccoli varieties.
Although Firefox obviously has a partiality to the spicier side of things, this is not exclusively so. Amongst these milder dishes was the Fried Potatoes(香煎土豆, 15RMB), which we re-ordered, almost resembling thick-cut potato chips and seasoned very mildly.
The selection of teas and juices here is good, including Honey and Grapefruit Tea(蜂蜜柚子茶, 15RMB), Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice(鲜榨柠檬汁, 18RMB) and the sweet Cogongrass Tea(茅根水, 12RMB). Alcoholic drinks are available.
It is worth mentioning that Firefox’s menu is one that requires you to scan a Wechat QR code located on your table on your phone to order food. At first this seems like a bit of a fuss, but once you get into the menu there are pictures and spice levels to help you order. Plus, those of you up on your tech will be able to use Alipay or Wechat pay when it comes to settling the bill.
Open from 10:30am - 2pm for lunch and 4pm - 9pm for dinner. Located on the second floor of XiCheng Square. Menus in Chinese. Smoking not permitted. Parking available