Golden Bowl is my favorite place to eat in Temecula when I am visiting the family. We probably go there 2-3 times a month. Its a new restaurant - opening only late last year. The place is family and friends run, and the service is incredibly nice.
I have to say that in the past few visits I have been pretty stunned by the quality of the pho broth - its very high on my list. Herbs are pletifully given - even the appearance of sawtooth on occasion.
Thin sliced roast pork and shrimp spring rolls are something we always order to start. My favorite dish is the Banh Xeo or vietnamese crepe. Its a luscious thing to wrap up in lettuce and mint and add ground chile sauce to. Its better than what Ive tasted in SD.
The nouc cham is also better balanced between musky fish sauce and undercurrent of sweetness.
My mother loves, the vegetarian wheat noodle soup with the puffy fried tofu and chinese broccoli.
Last visit- yesterday- I ordered the combanation Com tam - with the pork chop, egg-pork-fungus meatloaf slice and bi. So delicious! Fragrant marinated pork, was perfect width - not super thin - just fatty enough to keep the entire portion moist and a pleasure to eat with the drier broken rice.
I apoligize about not being able to understand bi before - because now I know what really good bi tastes like. Nice with the roasted ground rice that stood out more in this version.
I never had the egg/pork meatloaf before -- and I really liked it. I thought the black flecks almost looked like wild rice. I am really taken by variety of texture in this simple plate.
I am falling more in love with Vietnamese cuisine by the day. ;^)
31069 State Highway 79 S
Temecula, CA 92589
Here are some really bad cell fotos!