Same family owners, successfully operating at Park & Tilford since the opening of the centre. A favourite of the Sey-Lynn neighbourhood. Comfortable sit down room that also has a busy take-out business.
I stopped in Park & Telford to do some shopping and decided to order take out at Golden Pearl.
I ordered the combo for 1, spring roll, beef chop suey, chicken chow mein & sweet and sour pork. I thought everything was good, not greasy, had dishes had a great taste and fresh.
The staff is friendly, as usual greeted warmly and thought I should have come here the previous night to get decent food.
I have tried many of the dishes over the years, and eating there, is spacious, clean and service is friendly.
I'll be back next time I'm craving chinese food.
Mrs. C was feeling a little under the weather and she craved fried rice. Being a dutiful houseboy, I went to fetch what my mistress craved. I have been to GPR a few times over the years, and it hasn't changed much. Friendly staff and good service, clean but basic decor, and fair to middling Chinese food. This restaurant does a combination of authentic and Western-style Chinese. The food is always consistent and predictable, which is what most people want.
This time I had the spicy deep fried squid, beef with tomato, and of course some fried rice. They were all still hot when I got home, and the spicy squid was particularly tasty. The rest was just fine, and no complaints were received from Mrs. C.
This is a safe choice for unpretentious food.
Every once in a while, the wife gets a craving for plain and simple WonTon soup and BBQ Pork Chow Mein takeout. She had the same cravings when she was pregnant with our boys and it never went away so like the good husband I am, I indulge her even if it's not our typical choice for Asian cuisine. Golden Pearl is just down the street so I pull out the take out menu , circle her soup and mein and begin the search for something more exotic for me. I settled on Ginger Fried Shredded Beef and Diced Chicken with Peanuts and Hot Chilis. There aren't many dishes on the Pearl's menu that I would call spicey or exotic so the choice is limited. Called up the Pearl and they said 15 minutes. Wow, for a Friday at 5pm.
Wife loves the WonTon and Chow Mein, the standard Canadian Chinese fare, fairly bland and mild, not greasy or oddly textured, and just what she wanted, She found the Shredded Beef too spicey but I thought it was tasty and crispy with a kick. The Diced Chicken was unusually bland for a "Hot" dish and the search for a chili was in vain. We usually prefer Szechuan chinese so the Pearl isn't my first choice but if you're a fan of Canadian style chinese done well, it will meet your needs. And parking is no problem at Park & Tilford.
We've ordered here many times over the years and the delivery is fast and they have gotten the order correct each time. The food is the same are most others Western Chinese restaurants . I've lived in China and this is not Chinese food. But the value for money is good here. The amount of meat in the Chop Suey and Chow Mein is better than most. I like to try something new each time but the Ginger Fried Shredded Beef (HOT) was neither Ginger Flavoured Shredded nor (HOT). It was dry and over sauced and when the left overs came out of the fridge the next day it was like beef jerky. I don't like to dine in as the ambiance is plain and dated. You have to ask for no MSG but some of the sauces for the sweet and sour pork etc it still has MSG in it as they told me it would. I would take others here or better yet have it delivered.
This is a good neighborhood Chinese restaurant. Placing an order on the way home by cell is easy, and if you specify the time when you'll be picking up, your order will be ready when you enter the restaurant. The staff are really sweet and friendly, and serving sizes are quite large (a couple of dishes a la carte will easily feed 3 adults). The hot & sour soup is especially satisfying on a cold wet day. Their ginger beef is quite good as is the Sechuan green beans, though somewhat on the mild side heat-wise. Overall, the consistency is appreciated in this age of constant change.
I've been going to the pearl for many years now and some thing has changed and not for the better.
You get off late and want to pick something up and take it home but the last few time it's just getting bad.
Meal for one: Steamed veggies..............................It is not just a head of broccoli with a hint of carrot.
Sweet and sour pork..........................Dry chewy and not as good as it use to be
Beef chow suey.................................To much corn starch or ??? and just not enough meat.
Chicken chow mein,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,You now that slopping sound you get from a can of canned cranberry sauce? Well that's the sound the chow mein made when I placed some on my plate. YUM!
It's over cooked or something but it's just not as good as it use to be. I don't know why. May be the costs have gone up and they need to reuse some foods. Or reheat a wrong order int he micro wave but day old sweet and
sour pork and glumpy beef and sloppy chick chow mein is just right. And as I was very hungry I tried to eat it but EEEEE? So I took it back and after a half hour they gave me a refund. I guess pointing out how bad the food is in front of other customers with a raised voice was more than they wanted.
So try if you want but I will no longer be going back.
Just raise the prices and I'll pay it for something that is worth it.
I go in there often for there lunch specials which are pretty good, however there evening cook must be a trainee or something because the food sucks and is very bland. the spring rolls aren't that greasy but have next to nothing in them they seem to be filled with some cabbage-like paste. the sweet and sour pork is to saucy and very chewy. the rice is alright but again very bland. chow mien was very dry and tasteless. the servers are friendly and show some interest in you. the restaurant is pretty nice and contemporary which gives the restaurant a nice feel.
Like many others, our family has dined regularly at Golden Pearl since it first opened. Sometimes we eat in the restaurant, other times we do take-out. They offer the usual comfort food that Canadians expect when dining Chinese but also list many Szechuan style dishes, although hot pepper levels are rather modest. We enjoy the cheerful serving staff and notice the restaurant has many regular customers get an extra friendly welcome. Serivce is fairly quick and meals are of consistent quality. Bar service is offered.