It's not as hot as you'd think.
It's not as hot as you'd think.

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan

To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Hungry? Grab a friend and make haste to Royal Sichuan. Actually, take a few friends if you can, because the more you bring, the more you'll explore. But bring at least one or you'll never make it through this dish, and you'll probably want to save some room for some ma po tofu, anyway.

Granted the spicy fish looks, well, spicy. There's a raft of toasted chilies sitting on top of the bowl when it arrives -- so many your waitress follows with a spoon to fish most of them out. But the chilies are more for presentation and the subtle, toasty aroma they cause to waft up from the bowl.

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