Is It Any Good?

Everyone’s favorite Vietnamese Restaurant has got a second location in Temple City.

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So, it turns out that there’s a Golden Deli Express a bit down the road from the original mothership, Golden Deli.

I guess the idea was that it was supposed to be a quicker, leaner, meaner version of the Golden Deli we’ve all come to know and love.

Well, uhhh…it ain’t.

Faster, I mean.

It’s still the same Golden Deli, quality wise, but…it’s not that much faster.

And that should conclude the negative portion of the review.  (And in case, you missed if before, you can turn to our original Golden Deli review, by clicking right here.)

But this newfangled speed thing, that ain’t happening.

The Food is off the same menu you get at Golden Deli. The procedure is a hair’s bit different. You walk in, sign your name immediately on the list along with the number in your party…

Hey, wait a minute. That’s totally the same…

THEN, you order.

That’s a bit different.

Now, I’m not sure what’s happening at this point, because it’s entirely possible…in fact, it’s more than damn likely that you won’t have your table as of yet…

But you’ve just ordered…

I’m pretty sure what Golden Deli Express is doing is, sorta-kinda holding off on giving your order to the kitchen until you get your table. Still, it doesn’t matter. It’s the same great food, same decently crowded lines, and a slightly refined, yet still amazingly efficient system.

The only problem’s the parking.

We’ll get back to that in a bit.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Normally, I am a fool for the Banh Mi Thit Cha Lua (Number 47), which is a Banh Mi with BBQ Pork and Sliced Pork Loaf. This Banh Mi is favorite in town, yes, even more so than the uber cheap varieties I’ve gotten at Banh Mi My Tho, and Ba Le. Love ‘em all, and I sure as hell love their prices, but this one…this one…

Shudder.

As I said in my original review of Golden Deli, it was the bread. The Baguette they used for this sandwich was head and shoulders better than anything I’ve ever had before. Seriously, if I could have gotten a couple of them just to take home with me, I’d have been fine. The Pork and it was fantastic, and backed by a nice dollop of mayo. Perfection.

I’ve also had the Phan Cha Gio (Number 57) as an appetizer, depending on how hungry I am. I’m a sucker for both Pork and Fried Egg Rolls containing Pork, and these were just gorgeous. I actually liked the handcrafted, fried well in oil, bubbles popping on the surface Egg Rolls. The thing I totally failed at was dealing with ,the Pho like assortment of veggies that came along with them. I had no idea what to do with them.

Literally, I’m looking at them and saying to myself “Uhhh, you guys know I didn’t order the Pho, right?”

Anyway, the attractive lady (dining with her Father) taught me what to do. As she ate the very same plate of Egg Rolls I had, she wrapped the long, green lettuce leaves around the Egg Rolls and chomped down. Again, you had a blend of cool and hot. Crunchy Egg Roll and crisp lettuce. The blends were a good idea.

And of course, I only had one half of a Egg Roll left to try it. I was just too into eating and enjoying them. My bad.

I also rocked a Fresh Lemonade Soda (Number D13). Almost good enough to be dessert.

And finally, finally, after many visits, after many wonderful Banh Mi, I came to Golden Deli and had…the Pho.

Specifically the Pho Tai Nam, which is rare and well cooked beef and rice noodles. Golden Deli Express makes a fantastic broth, and its reputation as being one of the best Pho places in Los Angeles, is bang on target. It was some of the best Pho I’ve ever had…

…and I’m still going back to the Banh Mi on my next visit. Man, that bread is good.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Okay, I’m going to repeat what I said earlier:

You walk in, sign your name immediately on the list along with the number in your party…

Hey, wait a minute. That’s totally the same…

THEN, you order.

So, be aware that you could find yourself sharing a table with…in my case, a nice old lady, also having herself a bowl of Pho.

Think of it this way. Did you get a seat? Are you having some wonderful Pho? It’s all good.

 

PARKING: Okay, this is going to be the hard part. You can try to park along Las Tunas, but…that’s going to be filled up when the restaurant is open. I managed to find a spot in a Public lot cross the way behind the Bank. Drive toward the Chase Bank on Las Tunas and Camellia, and see what you can do. Otherwise, my backup was street parking on Kauffman.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Golden Deli Express
9664 Las Tunas Dr.
Temple City, CA 91780

Tel: (626) 285-2899

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Friday-Sunday: 10:00am – 9:00pm