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Vegan Vietnamese and Chinese food

Voted 2004 Best Vegan Restaurant by SF Weekly. Golden Era says, "With respect for all life, we proudly serve all dishes free of meat, poultry, fish, egg, and MSG."

Added by Jesse Miner on Mar 23 03 (last updated Oct 1 12)

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Recently been back to Golden Era, yet again, and I'm pleased to say it's as good as ever. Everything there is good, but definitely try the Vietnamese Crepe.
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Three times now I've taken very nervous meat-eater to Golden Era, and all three times they've dragged me back there the next day for seconds!

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This is my all time favorite vegan restaurant. I've never had a dish here that I didn't like and I've never received poor service. This is also a great place to bring non-veg people because the food isn't just good for vegan food, it's just darn good food!

I've been going here every time I'm in San Francisco for about 8 years and I ALWAYS get the vegan pho (soup) and the jalapeno tofu - which are still my two favorites. That said, I'm very happy that I tried some new things on my last two trips.

I got the fresh spring rolls with peanut sauce, which were pretty much your usual spring roll but they were so fresh and delicious. I also got the vegan foo young both times (like egg foo young) and it was PHENOMENAL. I haven't had egg foo young in maybe 9 years and pretty much forgot about it but a friend recommended this and it was to die for. We also tried the lemongrass tofu, which was good, but I still prefer the jalapeno tofu. I also tried a friend's order of the vermicelli, which was a great combination of flavors and textures (rice noodles, fried spring rolls, fresh herbs, and sauces).

On this most recent trip, I went here twice and became even more adventurous. I ordered the pho so we could satisfy that need, while my two friends ordered the curry noodle soup and the wonton soup. Both were very good but I was particularly impressed with the curry noodle soup, which was rich, flavorful, and downright delicious. We also had an order of the vegan chicken drumsticks, which I thought were pretty good but not spectacular. My meat-eating friend, however, says they're one of his favorite items and he orders them here all the time.

This was also the first time I ordered dessert here because their cakes always looked pretty average. I am now kicking myself for waiting for so long because their desserts are delicious! I had the mocha almond chocolate cake on my first visit last week (spectacular!) and the carrot cake on my second visit. Both were rich and moist, and had really good frostings.

Please go here!

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Neighborhood

Tenderloin

Non-Smoking

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese

Features

  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Romantic

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Hours

11am - 9pm
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11am - 9pm

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