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“Great food, strong drinks”
Review of Golden Wok

Golden Wok
Ranked #4 of 13 Restaurants in Jaffrey
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

Service is great everytime I go in there and the meals are terrific. The drinks are good and stiff for a nice night on the town. Go there everytime I'm at my cottage.

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Golden Wok? More like Garbage Wok! What an atrocious meal! This has to be among the worse Chinese restaurants on the planet. I wouldn't even be surprised if they had meant to name themselves “Golden Walk” instead of “Golden Wok”! Kelly Clarkson said it best in her hit tune, “Wok away!”

We came here on a Saturday night for dinner. The only good thing was our seat by the window in a secluded section of the restaurant. It was just the two of us and our 300 LB neighbors wearing stained XXXL T-shirts and hiking boots.

We were first greeted by a woman who said she would be our waitress, although during the course of the meal, the duty was split between her and the woman running the cashier. During this time, our regular waitress acted as bartender. Having the two together was definitely not better than the sum of the parts. They often overlapped, coming by to ask us the same thing, yet totally neglecting us from a pragmatic standpoint. Not once did we get a water refill, for example. And many times the bartender waitress came by to check on our neighbors without ever glancing over to us to see if we needed anything.

Food was hard to describe without expletive deletives. My hot and sour soup was so sweet, I asked the waitress if the chef had misunderstood the recipe as “Sweet and sour.” My son’s egg drop soup was more Americanized than a Chevy – mixed vegetables in an egg soup. My main dish was Szechuan Pork with Pork Fried Rice and a Pork Egg Roll – more pork than Porky Pig. The Szechuan pork was flabby meat – an awful texture. Each bite I was hoping for that good feeling I'm used to getting when the dish is prepared properly, but each bite I was even more disappointed. And the pork egg roll was oozing with oil. There was no way I could finish it and still stay on track to live into my nineties. Somebody either forgot to drain it or, instead, thought it would be cool to inject it with extra oil.

My son struggled with his “Mother’s Chicken” dish which he affectionately called “Mother F’er Chicken.” It was similar to General Gau’s chicken, only worse. The chicken pieces were longer and wrapped in a sort of egg batter like corn dogs, then deep fried twice and injected with even more oil. I guess Golden Wok found a good deal on Wesson! Meanwhile, the chicken itself seemed highly processed, like pre-cooked Perdue chicken strips. Imagine taking those things and deep frying a donut version! What’s worse, the quantity was obscene. There must have been at least 30 pieces, as if someone had taken a bucket, scooped up a load from a big vat, dumped it on the plate, and told the waiter that it was time to deliver because he couldn't fit any more. Whereas my son usually finishes his meal, he gave up this time saying “I just can’t do this anymore; it's gross.”

Each server came around to ask us if we wanted “boxes” to take the food home. I guess doggy bags don’t apply when the leftovers exceed 5 Lbs. In this case, we were quick to decline the offer, opting instead for the check and to wok as far away as possible from this heart attack inducing food factory.

I don’t give many one star ratings, but the food was so awful and service so shabby that I am forced to forewarn my TripAdvisor brethren to find an alternative eatery, unless ultra-low grade Chinese food is high on their list.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

We are new to the area & were very impressed with this resturant. Service was friendly & fast, tables were clean, food was delicious, large portions & price was great! We will be back.

1  Thank Kimberly P
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We order takeout from the Wok and the quality of food has varied considerably. About half the time, the food is very good to excellent. However, there have been a couple of times that it was pretty gruesome. I would recommend the Wok if ;you are in a hurry and are willing to take a chance... Perhaps as one reviewer remarked, it depends on who's cooking at that particular time.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Ive ate here several times and I waited on writing a review. I think it really depends on the cook some nights the food is awesome and some days the food isn't fit for rez dogs. I like that for a dinner combo you get the main pork fried rice, a egg roll and an appetizer with takeout, with dine in you get a soup as well. The mothers chicken is a good choice as well as the sesame chicken at lunch its spicy instead of sweet.

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