Golden Temple Restaurant Brookline
Voted Best Chinese Restaurant
Much of Brookline worships at the
Golden Temple as often as at the local
church or synagogue (or kosher deli, for that matter).
With décor that's all
charming kitschy glitz, it beckons a veritable congregation hungry for
throwback treats such as crab Rangoon, pot stickers, egg foo yung, and
shrimp fried rice.
That may sound profane, but
then, don't most things worth doing?
Address: 1651 Beacon Street, Boston,
Description: Kitsch and elegance aren’t mutually exclusive at the
Golden Temple; their charming
co-existence in part explains the enduring popularity of this neighborhood
institution, where business luncheons, romantic dinner dates, and family outings
blend equally well into the gleaming scenery that, from any given angle, can
strike you as either quaint or futuristic, intimate or labyrinthine.
The Golden Temple’s multifaceted personality extends to its private rooms as well; no
fewer than four are available, accommodating anywhere from 14 to 80 guests.
Restaurant policy disallows price quoting, but manager Jin Lau stresses that
ballpark figures would be misleading in any event, because " we try to remain
focused on the individual party rather than do things in bulk. " In short,
whether you end up in the tiny, plain-vanilla dining room at the far end of the
bar, in the cavernous, cylindrical
disco, or in either of the two medium-size
rooms, you’ll be working with Lau or one of his co-managers to plan the party
from scratch, using the restaurant’s regular wine and dinner menus as guides.
For instance, Lau says he generally encourages his clients to choose four
appetizers and four entrées from the menu for a tailored-to-fit
feast. Typical starters might include crab Rangoon, mini-ribs in black-bean
sauce, pot stickers, and spicy ginger-garlic littleneck clams; main dishes may
range from old stand-bys like General Gau’s chicken and sweet-and-sour pork to
flashier fare such as batter-fried lobster or Asian grilled lamb. And desserts,
running the gamut from fresh litchi nuts to tiramisu, serve as a parting
reminder of the Golden Temple’s winning, aim-to-please eclecticism.
stylish, modern dining room and a trendy bar/nightclub area, Golden Temple
stands out among typical Chinese restaurants. The setup of the restaurant caters
to all types: couples, large parties, and party goers. The extensive menu
appeals to a range of tastes, and the powerful and exotic drinks keep the party
going in the discotheque-style E Room. Whether serving dinner or drinks,
waitstaff is always respectful and accommodating, willing to alter dishes by
Disc Jockey's: Golden Temple
E Room DJs
DJs in the E Room
Contact John, Andy, Lily Moy or any of the Golden Temple managers.
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