Golden Orient Chinese Restaurant
2513 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402-3315
Uh, oh…I hear Cantonese being spoken as I walk in the front door. I predict some slimy, mushy, gou qian-y, low-on-taste Chinese food will be part of my very near-term future. Let’s see if my prediction is correct.
First, the decor. It’s a low-grade stand-alone building from the 70′s. Looks like maybe it was a bad copy of a Shari’s or something like that. On top of that, they have sprinkled a large amount of cheesy “Chinatown” decorations, i.e. crap that white people think is Chinese.
Nevermind the decor, let’s order some food and check this place out:
(Scene 1: In a restaurant that appears to be a low-grade Shari’s rip-off filled with crap that white people think is Chinese)
Me: We’d like an order of Kung Pao Chicken, but instead of diced chicken, please use sliced chicken instead.
Waitress: No, sorry.
Me: No, sorry, what?
Waitress: No, sorry, we can not do that.
Me: Why not?
Waitress: We don’t have that.
Me: But look right here on the menu three lines down. You offer Curry Chicken made with sliced chicken. And the price is actually the same as the Kung Pao Chicken price. So why can’t you just use sliced chicken in my Kung Pao Chicken dish instead of diced?
Waitress: Hmmm…that’s true. Let me ask the owner.
(Waitress walks over to the kitchen window and yells some Cantonese to the owner/chef inside. Owner/chef gives short reply.)
Waitress: No, sorry, we can’t do that.
Me: Why not?
(We walk out)
Result of prediction of the future: As it turns out, I did not have slimy, mushy, low-on-taste Chinese food as part of my very near-term future.
Summary: If their food is as good as their service attitude, then it probably sucks too…Gee, I wonder why this place is nearly empty on a Saturday afternoon as 1:00pm?