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Golden Temple or somewhere else after Sox game?

TrishUntrapped Jul 24, 2008 08:25 AM

Hi all,

About five of use would like to go out for a casual supper after Saturday's Sox game. The game starts at 4, and assuming four hours, would be done by 8 (or sooner who knows). We would like to eat afterwards and was thinking of Chinese food because we can just share and nosh.

I thought of going to Golden Temple in Brookline because it is easy to get to by the T, but I haven't been in years and don't know if it is any good. Any thoughts on that?

Otherwise, we are looking for a good place that does not require a rezzie, will take fans dressed like...fans.... but won't be overfilled (ruling out places near Fenway)....

It is my husband's birthday to boot, so we just want to relax, have some drinks, food, and chat after the game.

Does not need to be Chinese cuisine...others wiil do. I would rule out places like Peach Farms that are kind of bare bones. Also, not in mood to wait on line in the North End as we will be a bit fatigued from the game.

We are staying in Copley, but not married to it.

Thanks for any thoughts.

  1. steinpilz Jul 29, 2008 06:37 PM

    I have a sizable beer bias so I'd choose the Publick House instead (Golden Temple is sort of corny faux Chinese I'd say), but I'd be very tempted to choose Eastern Standard or Washington Square Tavern or Audubon instead.

    1. TrishUntrapped Jul 28, 2008 08:33 AM

      Okay, we ended up at The Golden Temple.

      The sentimentality factor weighed very heavily in its favor. (My spoiled but cute baby sister really wanted to go there....and I didn't really care where we went.)

      We thought the food was terrific. Call it Chinese-American or whatever you like, good is good.

      The Lo Mein was a standout, with fresh noodles. Chicken fingers and Sweet and Sour Pork were delicious examples of the genre. (The sauce for the sweet and sour wasn't red or cloying).

      I know you can get cheaper Chinese food in a no-frills setting. You are definitely paying for the room's atmosphere....but on a hot summer's night, a skewer of Chicken Teriyaki and a large slushy drink can really hit the spot.

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        teezeetoo Jul 28, 2008 03:02 PM

        There you go. My sentiments exactly and when i want a good bar, late night dinner, and very fresh quality ingredients as well as the Chi/Amer of my childhood, this is still my spot.

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          xperteater Jul 29, 2008 06:44 AM

          I think it would be great to know people's real opinions of GT 's food if it wasn't overpriced.

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            MC Slim JB Jul 29, 2008 08:24 AM

            I'm not sure I understand this comment, xperteater. Do you mean, "More people would profess to liking Golden Temple's food if it weren't so expensive"?

            I always say whether I like the food: it's either delicious or it's not. Then I say whether I think it's worth the price (which must factor in non-food issues like service, atmosphere, amenities, etc.) They're separate questions, though of course you should consider them all when you've got a lot of restaurant options to choose from. Mistral's food is pretty delicious, but it is expensive, and my opinion is mostly that I don't think it's worth what they charge for it. That doesn't make the food less delicious, it only makes me consider other options that are equally delicious but a better value ahead of it.

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jul 29, 2008 04:25 PM

              Okay, but here's the thing: there is a place for well-made, high-quality tiki drinks and Chinese-American food in my world. When I want to go to that Martin Denny place in my mind, I'm willing to pay a premium, because frankly there aren't that many good places that do tiki drinks and Chinese-American food. Therefore, although I have never been in my life -- I'm not sure I had ever even heard of this place before this thread started -- I am starting to think I would actually like this restaurant if that's what I was in the mood for, and I'd be willing to pay the price for it.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                MC Slim JB Jul 29, 2008 08:40 PM

                I'd say it's worth checking out (I have a few good things to say about it in my review). But its virtues do not include its being a good Tiki bar: the Tiki cocktails are rather bad, it lacks the authentic atmosphere of those places that are 50 years old and mostly unchanged, and it is not one of those kitschy but loving modern recreations of an old Tiki bar.

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            TheScribe Jul 29, 2008 08:00 AM

            Yeah, I'm a Golden Temple fan, too. So shoot me.

        2. Bob Dobalina Jul 25, 2008 06:29 AM

          Why don't you try one of the shabu places, either in Coolidge Corner or in Chinatown? That's got to be better than everyday regular Chinese, communal cooking, fun times?!

          Shabu Village - Kaze - Shabu-Zen are three in the area - search the board for more detailed info.

          1. Aromatherapy Jul 25, 2008 05:36 AM

            I'm wondering if Zenna Noodle Bar, also in Coolidge, would work. Will get same howls re: americanized and overpriced, but it's pretty and they have wine and beer. No idea how crowded they get, or reservations. http://www.zennanoodlebar.com/
            Khao Sarn, also in Coolidge, is another idea. Thai, full bar.
            Edit: or Sichuan Garden on the D line. Wine & beer, and IIRC a full bar. http://www.sichuangarden2.com/index.s...
            (I'm trying to think non-Asian, but it isn't working!)

            1. MC Slim JB Jul 24, 2008 01:27 PM

              My recent not-so-glowing review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/526510

              Whatever you do, get away from Kenmore Square after the game.

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                TrishUntrapped Jul 24, 2008 02:21 PM

                MC, I like your take on the Golden Temple, it strikes me as quite honest.

                The group I am going with enjoys golden fried chicken fingers, beef teriyaki skewers, pan fried pork dumplings, fried chicken wings, and such... and I am not apologizing for that.

                Not sure where we will end up, but I called GT and was told Red Sox attire is acceptable.

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                  teezeetoo Jul 24, 2008 06:56 PM

                  count me among the GT fans. Love their bar (best martini, best ice cold beer), beef udon noodles, clams in black bean sauce, and i always ask for and get snow pea pods and black mushrooms in garlic sauce, not on the menu but i love it. you can call it american chinese or whatever you want, but i just see it as "early fusion." also one of the few places where you can get fed after 11 PM

              2. TrishUntrapped Jul 24, 2008 01:13 PM

                Thanks for the rec's. I'll check things out and let you all know on Monday what we did.

                1. TrishUntrapped Jul 24, 2008 09:16 AM

                  Don't want to open that can. I used to go there when I was a college student because I leaved nearby, and it was good for what it was, neighborhood Chinese. So it does have some sentimental value.

                  I went once since it was remodeled several years ago and it was also okay.

                  Not looking for a gourmet meal, just somewhere we can enjoy some drinks, food and socializing. Sounds like the place is still in business, so maybe we will give it a whirl. But I am open to other ideas as well. Thanks.

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                    conbon Jul 24, 2008 09:31 AM

                    Have you ever been to Audubon Circle? It's less than a 10 minute walk from Fenway. My friend and I went after a sox game got rained out last season. I thought they had great drinks, a friendly staff, and some nice apps. I haven't eaten dinner there, but the burgers looked great.

                    1. re: TrishUntrapped
                      mabelm4050 Jul 24, 2008 10:45 AM

                      I think better Americanized Chinese, and certainly cheaper, would be Chef Chow's in Coolidge Corner. I would choose that over GT anyday. Nice staff, good Americanized appetizers, etc. Definitely wouldn't mind the Red Sox dress code. Golden Temple is a little fancier/snootier, so the Red Sox shirts might be a little frowned upon, maybe.

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                      bakerboyz Jul 24, 2008 08:39 AM

                      You may be opening up the proverbial "can of worms" with another Golden Temple discussion because they have their "haters" and "lovers" who have been going there since the 70's. That said, if you don't mind vastly over-paying for well-prepared, fresh, Americanized Chinese, then go for it. I would not recommend it, however.

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                        xperteater Jul 24, 2008 08:46 AM

                        "can of worms" is great I think the food is great but i also feel that i need to take a shower after i pay the bill

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