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Mala Sichuan Bistro

A small bar and dining area take up the first floor, but most folks visiting Mala’s Montrose location take the stairs to the comfy, darkened dining room above. On this visit, our favorite dandan noodles (boiled and mixed with pork, red chile oil, garlic, soy, sesame, and onions) seemed less spicy though still quite satisfying. And the cumin beef, tender enough, was too salty (several dishes seemed to have an over-the-top dose of salt). Fine as ever, though, were the red-oil dumplings, mapo tofu, and dry-fried string beans. We balanced the heat ratio with fried rice with chicken, beef, and pork and mildly spicy Kung Pao chicken with roasted peanuts, dry red chiles, and peppercorns.

City: Houston


Drinks: Beer & wine

Price: $$

Rating: ★★

Address: 1201 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77006

Hours: L & D 7 days.

Phone: 832-767-0911

Last updated: September 3, 2017