3 Reviews / 4 Ratings
First Look - A Fine Dining restaurant & courteous welcome
Took my wife here for her birthday. I was expecting the restaurant to be half occupied since it was a weekday dinner but to my surprise this place was packed. Glad that i did the reservations before going.
Perfect welcome from the receptionist, didnt look like a fake smille and was happy to assist us to our table.
Ordered for crispy corn for starters, these were the best ever crispy corn i've had in chennai. Best of all the other chinese restaurants. For maincourse called for veg hakka noodles with four treasure vegetables, was really yumm!
Food - 5/5
Ambience - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Journey into the orient
I believe this is a 2nd innings for the Golden Restaurant (according to an article in a newspaper). the picture in the article actually was the trigger for my visit-the oriental look and the lovely, splendid setting. And, true to my expectations, the Golden Dragon is truly luxury par excellence.
The restaurant is spacious and brightly lit (albeit a bit too bright). The decor has been tastefully done, ably aided by an excellent, courteous staff-all that we have got used from The Taj.
The restaurant offers a wonderful variety of soups and starters- try the Ma-La Prawn. Crispy, spicy and ideal start to a sumptuous meal that follows. For the main course, we tried the Hunan fried rice (chicken and vegetarian) along with the vegetarian mala sauce and a stir fried chicken. At first, the vegetarian mala sauce tasted a bit bland for my liking-stir it a bit and it does start to tingle your taste buds. The chicken again was cooked well and tasty. You may also want to try out their rich noodle soups. The quantity is good (especially the rice and noodle soup). We would have liked a bit more of the accompaniments though-given the pricey nature.
We rounded it off with the flavored tea-Fortune Ball. For the tea connoisseurs, the Golden Dragon offers about 14 different tea varieties including the ever common Jasmine tea. Some of the specialties include the monkey tea (apparently tea leaves picked by trained monkeys are used), the Fortune Ball tea, jasmine tea with mint, lemon etc and more. The Fortune Ball is a flower that when immersed in the hot water blooms and gives a unique flavor to the tea.
Some caveats though-If you are used to the typical Indian chinese style of food, this food may not appeal to your taste buds. be prepared to wait for a long time in case you dont have reservations (took us nearly half hour at 10 PM to get a table). They are probably still getting their act together (just a few days since their opening) and hence I think they are a bit short-staffed. Finally, of course, the Taj ambiance and quality comes with a hefty price tag.
Despite this if you ask me if I would go again-the answer is a resounding YES