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Golden Buddha in Phoenix - Wow!

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Golden Buddha in Phoenix - Wow!

TastyJon | Sep 9, 2005 03:18 PM

I've been wanting to try this place since it first opened (I was going to the adjacent Ranch market one day and noticed GB was overflowing with Asians - so I thought it must be good). But I wanted to go with a bunch of people so we could share.

After rounding up 10 adventurous diners we went last night and had a grand time. They have a huge regular menu, but we wanted family style - which they serve to groups of 6, 10 (and maybe others group size combos - call and check). It's a fixed price, so the 10 course meal for 10 is $160. If there's 8 of you, it's going to cost a little more per person (but you'll have even more leftovers).

The family style menu was in Chinese, so we really didn't know what we were getting into (part of the fun) and I'm not sure if they rotate seasonal dishes. But here's what we got, served at our big round table with a rotating glass top so one can help themselves to the various platters:

- an elegen duck soup
- a massive roast chicken or three – hard to tell as it was a giant platter of crispy fare.
- beef in a brown sauce
- lightly battered calamari & veggies
- scallops & veggies.
- a big bowl of mushrooms, bok choy veggies and bamboo.
- A platter of succulent shrimp
- A heaping pile of freshly cooked lobster.
- 2 more large, fresh fish, cooked whole
- a sweet rice pudding-like dish for dessert

Everything was fresh, superb and I'm not sure where else in town you can get a 10 course meal for $16/person + tax/tips/drinks. I've had a similar meal at C-Fu, also good - but a little different (more meat, less seafood if I recall). Again, maybe there are substitue dishes (a pork dish, for example). Likewise it wasn't spicy (as in hot) - but maybe that's GB's style (more coastal than shizhuan). Or maybe they toned it down for us Westerners. Next time I'll ask - but it was no biggie - the food was artfully cooked, presented and tasted great. Service was prompt and the restaurant itself is beautful. All nice, new contemporary asian decor - and very large. The staff told us that on weekends, when the local ex-pats come for dim sum, they serve 600-700 a day. It was relatively calm for a weeknight. There's also a nice bar in the lobby area with great happy hour prices if you want to stop by for a beer and appetizer. But the best way, me thinks, is to gather a group and eat family style. No wonder most Buddha's look stuffed and content :)

Link: http://www.goldenbuddhaphx.com/home.html

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