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Golden Unicorn (dim sum) report

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Golden Unicorn (dim sum) report

c212 | May 11, 2003 03:05 PM

I recently searched the boards for suggestions for Dim Sum places in Chinatown, and we decided to go to Golden Unicorn for Mother's Day based on opinons. 4 of us got there at 11am and there was no wait at all, we were seated immediately (and were prepared for the worst!). Even when we left around 12:30 it looked like the wait was no longer than 10-20 minutes - and on a Sunday morning!

Sat on the 2nd floor, carts came by very frequently and everything was hot. The servers were very friendly although you have to get their attention if you want water or anything not on a cart. As mentioned elsewhere, the signs on the carts were *very* helpful. It seemed there was a lot of seafood available compared to other dim sum places, which was great because only a few of us ate meat. All the seafood was quite fresh, better than the seafood at Ping's in my opinion.

The highlights were definitely the clams in black bean sauce - a whole lot of great smallish clams in a very tasty sauce - and lightly fried shrimp in their shells (with the heads) garnished with jalapenos - just pop'em in your mouth, lightly salted and seasoned to perfection. Vegetable and shrimp steamed dumplings were excellent, but could have benefitted from a dipping sauce (only mustard and hot sauce provided). Shrimp in rice wrappers were also very good. The deep fried items (deep fried shrimp, sweet sesame balls, spring rolls) were a little heavy but that's to be expected. The one dish i might avoid in the future is the deep-fried rolled bacon (served, if you can beleive it, with a dipping sauce of mayonaise!). A bit much in terms of fattiness. As for the deserts, the mango pudding was excellent, a great finishing taste for the meal. The custards were ok, nothing special.

The 4 of us ate until we were well full for only $60 total (tax and 15% gratuity included). Great experience all around, I'll be sure to go back in the future.

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