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Golden Era

Map & Directions 572 O'Farrell
San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Chinese, Health, Vegetarian, Vietnamese
  • Sun-Mon, Wed-Sat 11am-9pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

With such dishes as lemongrass chicken, Mongolian beef, ginger fish, and huge vats of pho, Golden Era is just like any other area restaurant specializing in unfrilly Chinese and Vietnamese fare. However, the restaurant is run by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai (Buddhist guru and fashion designer), and none of the meats are actually made of meat. Instead, each is a minor miracle of soy and wheat gluten manipulation. A greater miracle is that they taste quite good -- particularly the "spicy gourmet chicken" and the Vietnamese mung-bean crepe stuffed with bean sprouts and wrapped in lettuce leaves. The subterranean restaurant is attractively decorated, a vegetarian date-night staple.

Member Reviews

  • ian7791 wrote a review for Golden Era
    on 04/30/08

    This place is a great spot to go when you have one or more vegetarian or vegan diners in your entourage. Everything is very tasty, and they have excellent fake meats.

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  • Liz D. on 06/04/09

    go to Golden Era, realize that your vegetarian self can order any of the "meats" on the menu, and chow down while debating whether supreme master ching hai has a glass eye or not

  • The Feast on 06/12/11

    Enjoy the convincing flavor and satisfaction of dishes like garlic chicken, curry beef, and teriyaki salmon without ingesting a creature.

  • Jordan V. on 07/18/11

    Sweet and sour "chicken" is the best!!

  • Shea G. on 02/11/10

    Start your meal off with the vegetable foo young appetizer. You won't regret it!

  • Tiff T. on 08/03/12

    Try the Love…Brussels Sprouts - Very tasty, subbed salt for soy sauce and omitted tomatoes. Would order again! (via @Foodspotting)

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