The grand entrance of Golden Phoenix does make you more likely to take notice of a restaurant and walk in to try. However, as you will have heard “never judge a book by its cover”.
Although the restaurant looks grand, the dim sum here is reasonable price. I felt my overall experience was like Wong Kei, which was once known for bad service and cheap pricing. Golden Phoenix might not provide bad service like Wong Kei was once known, but with no service charge do expect a lack of service.
You order your dim sum by marking on a dim sum order form, which is in both in Chinese and English. There is also a separate dim sum menu with colourful photos to reference against the order form.
The egg tarts (£2.80) was the traditional version with the flakey pastry which I prefer over the butter shortcrust pastry. I thought the egg tart was better than the BBQ Roast Pork Puff Pastry (£2.90). They are not usually served as the photo shown below as our portion was a complimentary.
The Deep Fried Scallop Rolls (£4.40) came served with a salad sauce.
We ordered variety of steamed dim sum to tried and each one was resonable quality. Although, I was not keen of the filling in the Mixed Meat “Fun Gor” Dumplings (£3.10). The mixed meat did not work for me and I have tasted better version in other restaurant.
The Spicy seafood dumplings (£3.50) was actually seafood dumpling with each topped with X.O sauce (a spicy seafood sauce). Although it refer to being spicy, I didn’t find it spicy.
It might not be the best Scallop Cheung Fun (£5) I have had in London but it was not bad.
Custard & Egg Yolk Buns (£3.60) was disappointing. When it first arrived we saw leaking yolk oil and thought this must be good. But when I made my first bite in to the bun, not only was it not a fluffy bun there was a lack of filling. If you follow my blog then you will know what you should expect from this bun.
The BBQ Roast Pork Buns (£3) was better as the bun as it was soft and fluffy.
Traditional Sponge Cake (£3.90)
Overall the dim sum was average with the exception of the custard and egg yolk buns which was the worse dim sum we had on the table.
We were seated upstairs and there are many large tables which reminded me of Wong a Kei layout. May be I have found a Wong Kei experience for dim sum. Well just almost!
(Not sponsored. Prices and menu correct at the time of dining)
37-38 Gerrard Street,