SquareMeal Review of
Golden Dragon Colindale
A cacophonous dining hall and panoramic view of one of Edgware Road’s busy fast-food drive-throughs may not seem like the most auspicious of venues for a meal, but there’s lots to like about Golden Dragon, the flagship restaurant for north London’s Asian food hall, Bang Bang Oriental. There’s an à la carte menu of Cantonese classics and a lunchtime dim sum menu, but what sets this kitchen apart is the specials menu full of weird, wobbly and fiery delights from China’s less well-known provinces. Big sharing dishes are a particular highlight. Try the bubbling hotpot of chicken and chillies, or platter of whole crab in a sweet, spicy satay sauce with pillowy buns to mop it all up. Best of all is a dish of tofu, stuffed with prawn paste and fried until crisp with yet more chillies. Nothing on the menu is particularly expensive, though with so many new flavours to explore you’ll be hard pressed to come away without a moderately large, but entirely justifiable, bill.