I'll be in San Francisco with a group of women whose food tastes range from the adventurous to the timid. I suspect a Chowhound-qualified place in the classic definition of great food over looks and location would not be appropriate for this group. Given these constraints, I'm leaning towards recommending Ton Kiang or Yang Sing over Gold Mountain. Any advice? Any reason to recommend one over the other?
Finally, has Gold Mountain been around a while? My husband and I have visited San Francisco three times over a decades-long time span, and we ended up doing dim sum at the same place in Chinatown each time. All I remember is that the dining area was a two-story set-up with tables for eight so we always shared with strangers, most often Chinese with limited English. I remember this restaurant was located next to a pet store that displayed tanks of ornamental fish in the window.
We never knew everything we were eating. We would simply point to the things we wanted. Some things we enjoyed; others we didn't. We loved the total experience. Could this have been Gold Mountain?