I’m heading to Z&Y with a group this weekend, and would love to hear about any recent meals there. I’m nervous that the cooking has gotten toned down since M. Bauer gave them a positive review, or that they are paying more attention to their sister restaurant, Chili House in the Inner Richmond, which unveiled a Beijing banquet that people reported about a few months ago.
For spicy dishes, I’m planning to order Couple’s delight, whole fish with bean chili and hand-pulled noodles, Yunnan-style rice cake, and maybe dan dan noodles (they have a meatless toned down version, so I’ll specify that it should have meat and lots of Sichuan peppercorns).
Not everyone at the table likes spicy food, so please let me know if you have any non-spicy dish recommendations (Bund Shanghai would be a better place, but it’s closed until mid-November). Z&Y makes a good pancake with beef. Standard soups seem like a safe bet. Is their fish soup with pickle any good? Bitter melon with honey could be good (is that in season?). Their house special chicken soup uses a lot of medicinal items that I’m not sure the group would like.
How is their Peking Duck? Is their Shanghai Style Wine Chicken any good? Their Dongpo pork didn’t get good mentions on the Chili House thread.