Gold Stone-Authentic Chinese in Providence
A couple of CH'ers pointed this place out in another thread, but it probably deserves it's own. Given the dearth of above average Chinese in RI, this place is a real find. It's a tiny hole-in-the-wall joint on Allens Ave, with about 5 small tables. It looks like it caters to the chicken wing and pork fried rice crowd, but if you look hard-and ask, there are some interesting menu options. I ordered a spicy chicken dish, and told them I wanted "ma la". I got "ma la" (other restaurants often don't take me seriously or don't know what I'm talking about). I also tried cumin chicken and Shanghai noodles. I asked the owner and another Asian gentleman at the counter for any other recommendations, and I got a beef and potato dish, that was almost black in color, along with some special fried rice with pickled Chinese vegetables. Everything was well-prepared and flavorful. The cumin chicken was good but maybe a notch below some of the Sichuan places in MA. The beef/potato dish was unusual but very good. I think there was a good amount of black vinegar used. The rice was a nice twist I hadn't seen before and the noodles were decent, too. The menu isn't that extensive, but I wonder if there are more authentic dishes that are prepared for Chinese customers. Portions were large, and prices were reasonable. Well worth a trip for anyone who craves something more exciting that meat and celery in brown sauce. I hope they do well.
I wonder if they're afraid to be too "adventurous", as it really is primarily a takeout fried rice place based on the neighborhood it's in. The lack of seating is a real minus -- you won't get the Chinese families at 8-10 to a table as you'll see in, say, Red Ginger. The ingredients are good and the food is really prepared with care, but the table menu just doesn't list that much in the way of choices.
I think for most people it's a not terribly convenient destination, and you certainly can't go with a large group. I also want them to succeed, but the logistics just aren't that great.
I've been here three times and generally enjoyed the food as takeout but I found the menu limited. How do they not have Singapore noodles or chow foon noodles?
I still find the Chinese options around here depressing. I've had mediocre meals lately at both Red Ginger and Lucky Garden, which had been two of the Chinese stars of recent years. I'm starting to wonder if it's going to get hard finding any Chinese that's much better than buffet quality in our metro soon...