Sichuan River Offers Comforting Chinese Food to North Austin

Sichuan River in Austin

4534 W Gate Blvd
Ste 105
Austin, TX 78745

I recently moved from North Austin to South Austin to cut down my working commute from 2 hours a day to a whopping 30 minutes a day with traffic. I read somewhere that an easy happiness boost is to cut down your work commute. So far I find this to be true. I’ve gained back an hour and a half of my life every working day!

There are a few things I still mourn from being in North Austin. I miss having a casual drop-by-whenever-we-want relationship with my North Austin girlfriends. I miss the condo I was renting from my friend and how safe it felt to walk in the dead of the night with Bob the Dog. And finally, I miss the Asian food scene in North Austin. If there’s an area in Austin that ranks supreme for authentic Asian food and grocery stores, it is North Austin.

I was driving around my new neighborhood recently when I realized I was less than 10 minutes away from the newly open Sichuan River and was jolted with happy memories of my induction into an informal Asian Supper Club with some of my favorite food friends. I somehow weaseled myself into this charming circle of people who meet occasionally over Asian food and invited myself to their last outing, which happened to be in South Austin at Sichuan River.

This was a lovely gem to open in South Austin. Located in an unassuming strip mall, Sichuan River makes up for its lack of ambience and decor with authentic, tasty and inexpensive food. We ordered garlic eggplant, mapo tofu, green beans, egg foo young, sizzling Sichuan lamb and Dan Dan noodles. The bill came to be less than 15 dollars split between six people with everyone stuffed to the brim and we still had some leftovers! Everything we shared family style was eaten merrily.

The popular favorites among our dining group were the really spicy sizzling Sichuan lamb and the egg foo young. Not surprising with my obsession for noodles, I could easily order the Dan Dan noodles every time I come to Sichuan River. I suspect I’ll be coming here more frequently now that it’s only a hop and a skip away!

Sichuan River in Austin

Sichuan River in Austin

Sichuan River in Austin

Sichuan River in Austin

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  • South Austin Foodie

    Yummmmmy! I am happy to meet you here at any time! :)

  • Natalie Paramore

    Alright! Y’all keep talking about this place, guess I better get down there!

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    Your photos are so gorgeous, Linda! I swear, I could smell that photo of the lamb. Wiping drool off my keyboard, now…

    P.S. You neither “weaseled” nor invited yourself – your presence is ALWAYS welcome and wanted!

  • Mary Helen

    I am in love with that place. You should also check out Chen Z over at Oak Hill for really good noodles and dumplings, and Hao Hao on William Cannon for decent Vietnamese and Americanized Chinese classics (like sesame chicken). Sounds like we are neighbors now. I know there is no replacement for special no-knock friends, but you can drop in on me anytime!

  • Mad Betty

    That was such a fun night of Asian Supper Club! Both the meal and the laughs were so memorable. Great photos!

  • Qlus

    But do they have duck?

    • I want to say no but I don’t remember!

      • Qlus


  • This is making me hungry! :) So we’ll come out and eat this in 2015…? :P

    • Perhaps! There’s a lot of places for you to check out!

  • I just had lunch but dang this is making me hungry again! :-) Especially that last dish looks really tasty. I love all the color in the dishes.

  • Garlic eggplant and mapo tofu for the win!