sf trip continues, gold mountain and golden flower
More reports on our wonderful food adventures in SF. We had dim sum at Great Eastern on Jackson in Chinatown. We actually prefer ordering off the menu as there is a more leisurely pace to the meal. More interesting choices. We had the taro with dried pork, the xo rice rolls and the steamed pork buns. All were very good. The pork buns were the best I have had, not as doughy as some others. Prices were fair. Service was OK. Enjoyed the experience better than Gold Mountain or New Asia. We noticed the Golden Flower Vietnamese restaurant nearby and decided to try it for lunch. Loved it. Brusque but quick service. Tried the pho with beef balls and wife had the rice noodles with seafood soup. Both were tasty and huge portions for a very reasonable price. Their menu looked great but could not resist the pho as we are "pho deprived" South Floridians. We notice another Chinese restaurant between Great Eastern and Golden Flower. Anyone been there? I do not remember the name but they advertise Yunnanese cuisine.
We had another exceptional meal at A 16 last night. Great waiter who replaced a pork dish without hesitation or question when my wife told him she could not eat the fried preparation. It was not apparent on the menu that the dish was deep fried. Meatball Monday meant wonderful pork meatballs. I had the ricotta gnocchi which were light and delicious. My wife ended up ordering the swordfish which was also very good. Their wine list is great for us as you can try "carafes" or half bottles of interesting California wines that we do not get on the East Coast. The restaurant is packed every night yet the food comes out in a timely manner and we have had excellent service.
We return to Florida on Saturday and will greatly miss your culinary mecca. In my opinion, the food in SF is as good or better than New York.
Oh, don't go back. Move here. We'll miss your reports. You try different places and clue us locals in ... noticing a joint serving Yunnanese food.
And you seem to have an instinct about places. The only other mention I could find on Golden Flower on Chowhound mentions their tasty pho
Here's the menu from the menu pages
And people complain there's little interesting in Chinatown.
Golden Flower was discussed extensively a few years ago and everyone agreed that it was the best pho to be found in chinatown.
I prefer their rare sliced beef pho. and it is one of the few places that i prefer the beef pho to the chicken. Their broth is very nice and flavored with star anise? at least the beef broth has something odd and spicy in it like that....