“ Chinese Restaurant / Address: 146-150 Station Road, Wembley & Rayners Lane, Harrow, HA1 2RH / Tel: +44 (0)20 8863 2333 „
Originally known as Golden Palace, the restaurant in the past year went under liquidation and has only just recently been reopened as The New Golden Palace, reducing the shop front from three to just one. The New Golden Palace is a Chinese Restaurant that also offers Takeaway.
~~~LOCATION AND ACCESS~~~
The New Golden Palace is located in Harrow (London Zone 5) and can be reached by a 10 minute walk from Harrow on the Hill Underground Station or Harrow and Wealdstone Overground Station. Alternatively, there is a bus stop right outside with a number of bus routes, which go through Harrow Bus Station.
All in all, the location is not town centre Harrow but still reachable, although parking is terrible if you do want to travel by car.
After it refurbished, it has an ambient atmosphere, more modern. The music they play is easy listening and will not distract. It is extremely quiet in here, and does not attract the busy customers it used to, and no longer the hustle bustle atmosphere you would expect from a typical Chinese restaurant!
~~~FOOD VARIETY AND QUALITY~~~
Their menu has not changed since prior to their liquidation, and are still pretty good. My favourite is their Sea food Cheung Fun and Fried Custard Bun. The speed of the food is pretty much the same, although might be slower on a more busier day.
The taste and textures of the food are also very nice and most taste really good, although some dishes are perhaps on the oily side. However, most are just right, and also additional sauces are provided should you need them.
~~~STAFF AND SERVICE~~~
The restaurant appears understaffed and at points have no more than one waiter in the restaurant. Staff are quick to respond but are not always as cheerful as they could be, and combining the darkish atmosphere, it can be a bit depressing. However, no problems with staff.
The price is slightly increased from before the liquidation, and I'm sure would've gone up due to the recent VAT rise... but it is all still within a reasonable range, a dish on average costing £2.50.
The restaurant before it liquidised was very famous and served the best dim sum in Harrow, perhaps in that part of London, but due to their financial issues, their closing down had a dramatic effect on their customers. Now that they have reopened, the food is pretty much the same, but it does not have the feel anymore. Perhaps they will flourish once again, but for now, eating here is pretty miserable unless you have some happy charismatic company!
Foodwise it is yummy and delicious, and is definitely worth a visit. Whether you return again... that's up to you.