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Golden Garden in Belmont - ok for people who can't tolerate spice?

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I was thinking of taking my parents to Golden Garden tomorrow, but was wondering how the food would be for people like us who can't tolerate spicy food at all. (Yes, I am that annoying person who goes to Indian restaurants and has to ask for it "very, very mild - bland if possible" and then thoroughly enjoys my meal.)

Would this be a good idea for us, or should we skip it?

Thanks.

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Golden Garden
63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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  1. i believe that there are mild dishes, and i believe that the chef will be responsive to your concerns. There are plenty of good mild dishes on the menu; just ask them to make them extra mild.

    The problem is usually the opposite; restaurants do not believe that americans can tolerate spicy food.

    nothing annoying about someone ordering food to suit her taste.

    1. Absolutely! There are any number of dishes that do not feature chilis. Having said that, there are a good number of dishes that are garlic-y. However even if those are off-limits for your party, that leaves plenty of good stuff on the menu. Be sure to ask the advice of the woman who runs the front of the house. Her English takes some listening to, but she is extremely helpful and nice. I have no doubt you will have a wonderful meal there if you do decide to go. Two top-notch dishes that certainly will work for you there are any of their dumplings and the pork belly and sour cabbage dish. Argh, if only I could find my GG menu! I am sure others will have additional suggestions for you.

      1. Certainly the dumplings and leek pie are mild for apps, there are lots of good mild dishes, my mom likes one of the noodle dishes or chow foon, enjoy

        1. About half the menu is not spicy, if by spicy you simply mean heat. As observed above, the dumplings and vegetable leek pie are not fiery, nor is a dish such as sautéed fish with vegetables (under Seafood). The wonton soup is bland, as well (too bland).

          But if you want additionally to avoid garlic, etc., then (also as observed above) you'll have a tough time here. In fact, I'll be a dissenter and suggest you may be better off looking elsewhere for food. Pretty much all the dishes that make Golden Garden such a special place are hot (except for their very good dumplings). If you want to avoid them, you might as well eat elsewhere. I wouldn't recommend ordering a dish that's meant to be hot and asking them to tone down the heat. It spoils the balance of the dish and, worse, if you still find it too hot and, say, send it back, it will spoil the dish in future for the rest of us. Restaurants are sensitive in the U.S. to the "too spicy" complaint. It doesn't take much for them to start toning things down. We who like hot food have to fight to keep dishes hot. Asking for mild versions of dishes that are meant to be hot only makes it harder for us.

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          Golden Garden
          63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

          1. Dishes at Golden Garden that are good but not spicy include sour cabbage with bacon, preserved turnips with pork, beef with cilantro, the dumplings, and I'm sure some other stuff, but between these dishes and our favorite spicy ones, we can't seem to make it into other parts of the menu.

            The best dishes are mainly confined to the specialty of the house page (I can't remember what they call it. The spicy dishes are clearly labeled, and if you stay away from those, you'll be fine.

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            Golden Garden
            63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478