Customers craving Chinese dishes or seeking cultural immersion and new experiences through food are able to crack open Sichuan Bistro’s menu to see more than 100 options.
The restaurant serves both American and traditional Chinese food. Owner Sunny Wo said American style was invented when Chinese chefs came to the United States and realized that Americans preferred the taste of the sweet and sour. Many chain stores serve only American Chinese food, which Wo said is rarely found in China.
“We serve that, but we also have real, traditional Chinese food,” he said. “For example, Americans eat fish fillet, but one of my popular traditional dishes in the fish category is a whole, grilled fish with special sauce, vegetables and seasoning.”
Sichuan Bistro opened in April 2016, and Wo said he is proud that many online reviews list Sichuan as the most authentic Chinese restaurant in the area.
“People who come from California or New York—where there are lots of good Chinese restaurants—say this is the best they’ve had here,” he said. “Also, people come in from Austin to eat here. We get a lot of Chinese students from The University of Texas.”
Sichuan is a province in China famous for spicy, fresh food, Wo said. All of the Sichuan Bistro chefs are required to have five to 10 years of experience, and Wo said ensuring the food is always fresh is the restaurant’s No. 1 priority.
Prior to Sichuan Bistro, Wo met his current chef and hostess while they were working at a different restaurant.
“I stopped by to eat one day and it was so great—I told them I thought it was the best food, and they said the restaurant business was bad,” he said.
Wo said he suggested creating a partnership, and the staff moved the restaurant to Cedar Park. Wo combined his background in business and marketing with the existing dishes, and he said he is pleased with the results.
He said since Cedar Park is a growing community, the returning customers have been the key to a successful endeavor.
Most Popular dishes
• Steamed chicken with chili sauce
• Fish fillet with special sauce
• Hand-fried dumplings with special sauce
• Chinese pumpkin cake with red bean paste
• Stir-fry green beans, eggplants and potatoes
• Salt and pepper squid
• General Tso chicken
• Hot and spicy chicken
601 E. Whitestone Blvd, Ste. 720, Cedar Park
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.