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Dinner Review: Golden River Chinese Restaurant (Geary bet 22nd & 23rd Ave)

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Dinner Review: Golden River Chinese Restaurant (Geary bet 22nd & 23rd Ave)

kleungsf | Jan 19, 2008 10:15 PM

Location: 5827 Geary Blvd (Bet 22nd and 23rd Ave) San Francisco. Next to Tong Kiang Restuaurant.

Got several recommendations to try their dinner (they also do Dim Sum at 9:30am every day all day, will go back to try it, I hear it is very good).

We had a very good experience. The service was very attentive, and the main courses were exceptional and the desserts surprisingly creative. The decor is sparse but the place is bright, and the meal is of excellent value.

3 of us went for dinner, dishes ordered included:
Soup special of the day
3 Steamed Whole Fresh Scallops with Scallions and soy sauce
Stir Fried Pork Cheeks with vegetables
Salt baked chicken (1/2 a chicken)
Garlic stir fried pea pod sprouts.

Desserts (Our friends advised us they have excellent desserts):
Red Bean Soup (House made)
Black Chinese Herb Jelly (House made)
Mochi mixed with bitter melon puree rolled into a ball filled with black sesame paste, deep fried and covered with shredded coconut (Very good, highly creative, you can barely taste the bitter melon but it adds depth on this dessert)

The Salt Baked chicken is very moist and just the right level of saltiness. The stir fried pork cheeks are very tender, and the scallops were done just right. The pea pod sprouts are quite tender

The red bean soup is the default dessert, and is quite good, not diluted like other places.

We ordered the black chinese herb jelly and the mochi dessert.

The chef is actually the opening chef for the May Flower restaurants in San Francisco and Fremont, the head waiter is his brother and has 15 years experience waitering at the Hyatt in San Francisco.

I will be returning for Dim Sum soon, but the dinner is definitely worth $65 plus tips we paid and we will go back for that. They have many specials posted on the wall.

Overall, excellent value for the money, and surprisingly creative and well executed food for a restaurant that looks modest from the outside.

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