I know you've noticed it. Hasn't every Salemite? How many times have you driven by the Golden Crown Chinese restaurant downtown near See's Candy and wondered if it would be worth your time and money to give them a try? For N and I, it's been somewhere around a billion, trillion, thousand times. (Oops! Sorry, reverting back to my childhood.)
I'll admit it, I was a little worried. Especially after our experience at Blue Willow on Lancaster. But I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised. It wasn't "hold the presses" amazingly delicious, but it was good and the young man who was our waiter was delightful.
The interior is bright and clean with just a few signs of wear around the edges. We enjoyed the old Asian art posters hanging on the walls and the framed butterfly collections hanging near the entrance. To start, we ordered the house appetizer plate. It featured fried shrimp, barbecued pork, a spring roll, fried won ton and chicken in foil. The dipping sauces that arrived with the appetizers were warm and slightly more interesting that the usual.
For our dinner, we shared 2 entrees--Moo Shu Pork and Beef Curry. N said that the Moo Shu Pork had a nice texture with the finely chopped vegetables and a good overall flavor. We both liked the Beef Curry. While the curry sauce wasn't as complex as I prefer, it still had some good heat and flavor and a nice assortment of vegetables.
One of my favorite service experiences that evening was when the waiter happened to spy me struggling to use a fork to halve a large broccoli floret and immediately brought a knife over to our table. That was awesome!
365 Liberty St NE
Salem, OR 97301-3519