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El Cerrito: Happy Golden Bowl - Seriously Szechuan ... Dim sum, house-made noodles and much, much more


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El Cerrito: Happy Golden Bowl - Seriously Szechuan ... Dim sum, house-made noodles and much, much more

rworange | Jul 3, 2009 06:03 PM

They opened July 1st.

Even someone like me with little Chinese food experience can tell this is something special.

The soft tofu with crab roe that I ordered is exquisite. The delicate tofu in a golden, rich, deeply crab-flavored broth with lots of crab bits ... one of the best Chinese dishes I've ever had.

I'll post some of the extensive menu in the first reply.

They have dim sum which they stressed was Schezun dim sum. On the weekends they make Chinese donuts.

These people are not afraid of organ meat. You have to seriously search that menu to find the repetative Chinese favorites like broccoli beef. I don't think there was a sweet and sour anything. However, if you do like the more common dishes, they seem to do them well. Someone ordered chicken fried rice and it looked so good.

The noodle dishes give the option of house-made noodles for $1 extra.

The prices are great.

The sign outside says Szechuan, Taiwan, Shanghai, Northern Chinese, but from my conversation, there seemse to be a focus on Szechuan.

It is nice with golden slip-covered chairs, but the tables are close together. There is almost a forest of plants with good luck banners out front and a happy gurgling fountain at the door. There's a fish tank, but no fish yet. Be PATIENT. They are JUST getting things together. However, from my experience with that crab dish, it is worth waiting for them to get used to the cash registers, etc.

Credit cards accepted only if order is over $15. The prices are very reasonable so I'm not sure if that will change soon.

Next door to Sawooei Thai Cuisine and across the street from Safeway. I hope Chowhounds with more Chinese food expertise will give it a try and confirm that it is as good as I suspect. Heck ... I don't care. That crab tofu was wonderful. I'm going back soon.

Happy Golden Bowl
10675 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA

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