Quick review of the revamped, newly opened Golden Dragon at the Taj Mahal Hotel. We went there with high expectations but left sadly disappointed. Following the typical trajectory of Mumbai restaurants, the menu sounded fantastic but the dishes failed to live up to their descriptions.
The Black Pepper Dumplings from the dim sum menu were four mixed vegetable dumplings encased in a doughy skin, floating in a watery broth. Unfortunately, I was unable to detect the black pepper in the dumplings or in the broth.
We also ordered the Stuffed Mushrooms in 5 Spice Sauce, which our waiter told us was a “signature dish.” But the bland mashed potatoes stuffed into mushroom caps, surrounded by glazed, slippery bok choy failed to whet our appetites.
The vegetarian Dan Dan noodles were actually good: skinny noodles swimming in chili oil with crumbles of marinated tofu (the pork substitute that worked surprisingly well). Relieved, we slurped up the dregs of oil and tofu at the bottom of the serving bowl.
Greens cooked in a Mango-Mustard sauce: lovely vegetables, certainly not overcooked, served in another tasteless sauce. The sweetness from the mango? The spice from the mustard? We were hunting for them, too.
I prefer the dim sum at Royal China, and when I’m craving noodles and greens, I’ll stick to what’s cheaper and more satisfying: making Anthony’s dad’s noodles at home, along with Heidi’s fantastic sweet ‘n sour asparagus and greens stir fry.
This meal was about Rs. 3000.