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Oct 30, 2006 03:59 PM

Gold Mountain reveiw

I always felt that San Francisco Cantonese food was the one area that can compete with Los Angeles Chinese cuisine. This was well-confirmed by Gold Mountain restaurant. This food was good!
We were here for a wedding. The stars were crispy walnut shrimp, combination platter of barbecued pork and crispy skin, the cracked garlic lobster, and the superstar--blackened cod. The cod was amazing. It was one of the very rare times in a Chinese restaurant that an entire fish was filleted, then served. It was perfectly cooked, with the middle flesh a little soft,tender, and moist. The outside was charred like chau siu, marvelously sealing the flavor. I couldn't believe cod could be this tender and delicious! All the other dishes were good to very good, but the fish was perfect. The restaurant is in need of updating and the service is adequate at best, but the food reminded me of what really good Cantonese food can be like. Yum!

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  1. I'd have to agree that the best banquet food I've had in S.F. Chinatown was at Gold Mountain. I'll also agree that Cantonese food in S. F. Chinatown is better than L. A. Chinatown. But I think that in looking at the entire metro area, I'd still take L. A. over S. F. for Cantonese food, notwithstanding the fact that Koi Palace is the best of the bunch.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      I have found it harder and harder to find really good authentically home-cooked Cantonese food in Los Angeles. Do you have any favorites?

      1. re: cfylong

        I presume you're distinguishing "home cooked Cantonese food" from the more upscale type of food like Koi Palace in Daly City, Zen Peninsula in Millbrae or Sea Harbour in Rosemead. Even though it's been open since 1986, we still prefer NBC Seafood in Monterey Park. NBC is somewhat related to ABC Seafood in L. A. Chinatown, which now is at best ordinary, but in the 1980s and 1990s was in my humble opinion by far the best Chinese restaurant in the U.S., so much so that I was almost in tears when the original chef/owner retired and sold the restaurant in the late 1990s. NBC has some of the same dishes and recipes that ABC had, though not done as well. Since we're straying from Bay Area food, perhaps you could mention some of the Bay Area places that you like for purposes of comparison.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          You're right. We are straying from Bay Area food. See my reply on the Los Angeles board.

    2. I haven't been to Gold Mountain in years, but passing by it always seems like it does need updating. Unfortunately, I don't really get invited to banquets and that's really when Cantonese food shines.

      Oh, and I do have to say I think LA has a more direct link to Hong Kong than San Francisco does. So with that link, LA does benefit from more innovative new chefs coming from Hong Kong. I haven't been to LA for awhile but what I've read about in the LA Times sound fantastic.

      1. Thanks for the post, I'm always on the look-out for places to order the smoked black cod dish.

        Gold Mountain has been a good stop for us for family dinners, ordered off the menu. During the week, it's been quite desserted. Here's one post -