I drove out in the snow to Woburn to check out Sichuan Garden II. And it was worth it.
To convince you that the cocktails here are worth a drive, know that Ran Duan has won the title of Most Imaginative Bartender at the 2014 USBG competition sponsored by Bombay Sapphire.
The cocktail menu at Baldwin changes all the time, but I've always found great drinks like I Put a Spell on You (Bombay Sapphire, Earl Grey, yogurt, lemon, orange blossom water, $10)
Fire Puncher Day, so there were special drinks made with GrandTen Distilling's Fire Puncher Vodka.
What about the food? You can either dine in one of the mansion's rooms, now outfitted as dining rooms for Sichuan Garden II, or dine at The Baldwin Bar part of the restaurant. Either way, you can get the full menu. The most popular item is probably the Chengdu Dry Hot Chicken Wings ($11.50)
Double Cooked Fish Filets, leeks, garlic, ginger, black bean paste ($16.95)
Our table also enjoyed the House special eggplant (caramelized eggplant, glazed with house garlic sauce, scallions, minced chicken - $12.95)
I would skip the xiao long baos. They're nothing special, definitely not Sichuan Garden's best offerings.
They're great at both tiki-style drinks and more aromatic, stirred drinks.
On my drive back from Montreal, we passed by Woburn so I made an immediate turn towards Sichuan Garden II. We had a "miss" in Montreal ordering pina coladas the night before, so the three of us ended up asking the bartender on duty for some pineapple cocktails. Three different pineapple drinks, I'm sure he was frustrated, but he sure did a great job.
Tiki drinks, paired with Dan Dan Noodles with Minced Pork Chili Vinaigrette ($5.95)
Some amaro shots to end the night. Any night I spend at Sichuan Garden II and The Baldwin Bar is a good night!
It's worth having a car in Boston just so I can go to Woburn when I want.
Sichuan Garden II
2 Alfred St
Woburn, MA 01801