Dine on award-winning cuisine from China’s Sichuan province at Mala Sichuan Bistro

Photo courtesy of Mala Sichuan Bistro

Dare to try the sometimes spicy, always delicious Sichuan cuisine of Mala Sichuan Bistro in Montrose or Bellaire.

With locations in Montrose and Bellaire, these no-frills outposts for spicy Chinese eats offers plenty of delicious dishes from the traditional to the adventurous.

Featuring a special blend of savory and spicy, Sichuan delicacies make for a unique cuisine. Aside from the traditional spice, what makes Mala Sichuan so unique is the tingling, slightly numbing sensation from the Sichuan peppers that perfectly prime your palate for the familiar spices.

Hit this James Beard-nominated eatery for lunch or dinner, and dive right into their menu incorporating that powerful pairing to see why they’ve been named the city’s best Chinese food by local publications, including Houston Press.

Photo courtesy of Male Sichuan Bistro

Where to Begin?

Start with mouth-watering appetizers including the Red Oil Dumplings, which feature a sweet and spicy soy paste, or the delicious Egg and Tomato Soup—a hearty blend of fresh tomatoes and stir-fried scrambled eggs, which makes this one-of-a-kind soup the perfect pick if you’re feeling under the weather or looking to treat your taste buds.

Afterward, follow it up with savory and spicy mains like the soft-cubed Mapo Tofu, which includes fresh leeks and a spicy bean curd sauce; the beyond-belief Eggplants in Spicy Garlic Sauce; or the numbing flavors of Kung Pao Chicken that includes authentic Sichuan kung pao dark meat chicken with roasted peanuts, dry red chilies, and Chinese peppercorns.

Don’t stop there, though. If you’ve had your fill of spicy, change gears and finish your meal with one of Mala Sichuan’s many delectable desserts. Our recommendation is the matcha-flavored Mille Crepe Cake.

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Photo courtesy of Mala Sichuan Bistro

Mala Sichuan Bistro

  • Locations:
  • Hours:
    • Montrose:
      • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm;
      • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 10pm; closed Tuesdays.
    • Bellaire:
      • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11:30am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm;
      • Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 10:30pm;
      • Sunday 11:30am to 10pm; closed Tuesdays.
  • Phone: 
  • Parking: Free lot parking is available at both locations.
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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.