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Goldstone Noodle Restaurant – Toronto

May 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

So, it’s 3AM and you’re hungry and you’re in downtown Toronto. Your options are basically to get street food (delicious also) or head to Chinatown on Spadina to go to any of the many late-night restaurants there.

But, you have to understand: this food falls into the category of “Cheap Chinese”. You can not, and should not expect service like you’d get at Applebee’s. Your server possibly speaks little English. You should not expect the food to be beautifully presented. You should not expect the cutlery, or the table surface to be sparkling clean. This is Chinatown, an outpost of China in Toronto – and just like you’d behave if you were in China, is how you should behave in Chinatown, and set your expectations accordingly. This post is too short to be a dissertation on cultural sensitivity and expectations when eating in Asian restaurants – so I’ll just say this. If you don’t like anything about this restaurant, go to China and eat in an inexpensive restaurant there, and then come back and try it again.

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Anyway, we had the usual. Some gai lon with black bean sauce, and some noodles: ho fan (wide rice noodles) with beef and pork, and crispy chow mein noodles with seafood. All dishes came within 5 minutes of ordering them, were hot, the food was fresh, properly cooked, and pretty tasty. Some of the noodles were clumped together , but after a little stirring up were A-OK. These weren’t the best “Cheap Chinese” noodles I’ve had in Toronto – but they were definitely OK, and all things considered, the meal, for its price, was better food than I had at Wayne Gretzky’s earlier in the evening. The Chicken Lo Mein that Dave ordered came cold (cold as in “out of the fridge” cold, not just ‘old food’ cold), so I assume that something got lost in the translation on that one. Service was fast, efficient, and with some pointing and fractured restaurant Chinese, I was able to negotiate the menu. The tea was hot, and we all left will full stomachs. At 3AM, what more could we ask for?

Overall, a great place to go at 3AM for noodles. And not too bad during the day for anything else. Just set your expectations accordingly, and you’ll do just fine.

Goldstone Noodle Restaurant
266 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2E4, Canada
Tel: (416) 596-9053
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Tags: Asian · Cheap Eats · Toronto

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  • 1 LucyManning // Aug 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    goldstone is THE place !!!

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