This is my first and last visit to this restaurant. The food itself was fine. And the service was fast and friendly. But, I took two stars away from my review for two things.\r
First, a number of restaurants choose to be penny wise and pound foolish. They may serve excellent meals but the extras expected that enhance those meals are lacking. I ordered a #3 combo meal (chow mein, fried rice, fried shrimp) and 2 orders of BBQ pork. But, the sauce they brought me for the BBQ pork was most certainly ""watered down."" Out of all the times I've eaten at Chinese restaurants, this is the first time I've seen red sauce so thin it dripped like water. I've had thicker tomato juice. And the soy sauce I was brought appeared to be watered down as well.\r
Secondly, the manager needs to take a class in restaurant ambience. To enjoy a meal, it's appropriate to have either no music or soft music playing in the background. Originally, the only music I heard appeared to be classical. No problem there. But then, someone in or near the kitchen turned on a portable radio blasting out Billy Idol's ""Rebel Yell."" And, a few minutes later, mixed in with that cacophony of sounds, I heard what sounded like audio from a movie. Sure enough, the hostess had a small portable TV on watching what looked like a Chinese-language film.\r
I really REALLY wanted to give this restaurant a good review. They're the closest Chinese restaurant to me and the only one close enough to me to deliver (if I wanted delivery). The restaurant was clean and appropriately appointed. And as I said, the food was good and the service was good. But, it takes more than that to make a good dining experience. And unfortunately, the Gold Bowl just didn't pass muster with me. Too bad.
Pros: Clean, appropriately appointed, good food, good service
Cons: Soy sauce and red sauce both watered down. Multiple audio sounds in background