I have to disclose, Right up Front,
that I am very sorry to write this review...
I have been going to the Golden Crown Restaurant in Beaverton for over 20 years. However, I have not been there since my last visit in 2006. If I was to have written this review then, as opposed to today, it would have read much differently...
I was so looking forward to having my favorite (always order dish) Shrimp Egg Foo Yung, Pot Stickers, House Special Rice, which I considered to be from past experience, some of the very best I have had tasted in Portland, on many, many occasions.
Very sadly, I will say compared to what I had been served in 2006, I have never had worse Asian food in my life. The (favorite) dish I was dying to taste again was the Shrimp Egg Foo Yung. It appeared on the plate as something that resembled a pile of gooue, as opposed to the nice firm, thick pancakes,with a luscious brown gravy, which I had been served (every-time) before. The egg mixture was not even cooked, but runny, the shrimp were U-40 in size, but sparse and were absolutely flavorless.
Next, were the Pot-stickers, Absolutely nothing like what I remember. These things looked like small baked potato's, and were just as firm as an un-cooked potato. You had to apply firm pressure with a fork (and) knife to cut into them, and once you did, what was inside was some meat-like mass that had once again, (no) noticeable flavor. It was like eating a mass of cardboard. Oh, and they were served with sealed packets of soy-sauce and distilled white kitchen vinegar, not the good ginger essence'd Pot-sticker dipping sauce that I so vividly remember.
Now, onto the rice. This was really the show stopper here. Their House Special Rice (which is how I used to order it) was nothing more than a rancid-oil tasting pile of cheap soy-sauce saturated rice with some bits of solid something that you might say was a meat like substance. Again the dish tasted like it had been made from un-refrigerated stale rice with a taste I was absolutely not familiar with.
In summary, all this came to me so unexpected based on past (but pleasurable) experiences. The only possible justification for this dis-pleasurable experience has to be, there is no one running/owning/cooking/buying raw materials in that establishment today, that has had any affiliation on my multiple visits in the past.
The one positive note was the friendly service from the wait staff. They were apologetic and did not try to convince my dissatisfaction in anyway, but were what seemed embarrassed. Nor did she quibble when I said I was not comfortable paying for this meal, as I did not!
I have never written a negative review in my life, only positive ones, until today. And I cannot feel good about not letting someone know within the current ownership, that they have failed miserably in keeping with tradition that The Golden Crown of Beaverton (used) to stand for, which is very sad.
Again, this is painfully written...
We have been eating here for years and always enjoyed it until recently. The people at the front are always playing on their electronics and can't seem to get an order right. They were rude when I called them to tell them they got my order wrong. The food quality is also a hit and miss anymore. Time to find a new favorite chinese food restaurant!
Stay away! Poor quality chinese food!! Expensive and awful!
We ordered three main dishes. One had the worst scallops I've ever seen, tiny and overcooked pieces of rubber. One of the three dishes was acceptable but not good, the rest was the worst Chinese food I have ever ordered and for about double the price of any random Chinese place. When you pay over $40 for crap Chinese that tastes like it came out of a can, it causes people to write bad reviews.
Oh, even the side of fried rice was awful. How does a Chinese place screw up fried rice? By making it just brown rice from soy sauce. No egg, no vegetation and of course no nice pork pieces.
I had heard that this restaurant was good, it has either drastically changed or they don't know what good Chinese is.
I took the time to sign up and write this awful review because I feel we were utterly ripped off of over $40. We worked hard yesterday and going out was our "treat" for our labor. Wish we had gone ANYWHERE else. There is great Indian food nearby, we should have gone there!
Will never return to this place.
Satisfies a craving. Sometimes you just want to taste American Chinese food from the 50's and 60's. You get a craving for the tastes and sauces you grew up with -- sweet/sour sauce, Americanized dishes... and that is NOT a bad thing.Nothing is cutting edge here... just good old style Chinese food that taste the way you expect and want. The bar could use some updating and the landscape needs help to keep up, but still a good place to visit. Not authentic.. and far from being very ethnic, but just plain good. Not the type of food for the Chinese community ... but an honest meal that everyone can identify with and go back for more.
Delicious food. I LOVE their fried sesame chicken. It is the perfect match with the red sauce that goes with it. The combination dinners are really good, too. They give you a variety of choices to chose from. The waitresses are really friendly. They always have this really pretty smile on their face and they take orders really fast and efficient. I just love this place.
Love this place. It was my first time going to this place last week, and I loved their sesame chicken. I also like their house special fried rice. They are awesome. Talking about these dishes makes my mouth water.
What a wonderful place. I have been to this restaurant for the past 5 years and I have been loving it. There food keep drawing me back there even though I live all the way in Portland. Their food is fantastic. I especially like to order their eggrolls, pork fried rice and medallion beef. The beef is really tender and their eggrolls are big and delicious. All the waitresses there are really nice, especially the main waitress lady. They recently remodeled the bathroom, and it looks good.
Good food. The fried chicken and Shrimp are the best with their special red sauce. Their fried stuff are freshly made, unlike other restaurants where they just reheat the fried foods. Also I love their house special fried rice. One of the best fried rice I have ever had.
Wow this place was AWFUL. From the outside you can see smushed, dingy stained curtains in the upstairs window--take that as a beware sign. Hopefully my review will help you decide to go somewhere else. I would rather eat MickeyD nuggets with sweet and sour sauce (which are horrible enough!) than ever go back to Golden Crown. The food was horrible, the presentation (dishes, arrangement, color) like a school cafeteria, and the place was DARK--you could barely see. My husband and I were very disappointed and want to share this so others wouldn't bother to waste a meal out here.
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