Mokola Hills, Premier Hotel, Ibadan.
The last review for Golden Dragon was in a way downplayed and not extensive enough. Coupled with low quality pictures, a revisit was necessary.
Last visit on TomEats blog, march 2017
Golden Dragon is a Chinese restaurant located in the premises of Ibadan’s Premiere hotel. It’s a large environment with a lot of people, on a busy day, going about their respective business. The neatness and serenity of the place is a good way to welcome visitors, even though the premier hotel hasn’t really maintained much of its “premiere” virtues. It still looks like the 90’s local champion in a modern day competition.
The restaurant is a large space, decorated in all sorts of Chinese intonations but set up in a very simple way. They didn’t go overboard with the Chinese lettering (like some other Chinese restaurants like to do smh).
The waiting service was great too. They have a service charge that’s different from the food bill, so I wasn’t expecting any less from the waiting service.
The menu is strictly Chinese based, spanning from starters like dumplings, soups, to main rice and noodle dish. I feel this is the only Chinese menu in Ibadan that has a diversity of Chinese dish...to an extent. I mean it’s not so deep like Panda Express, but it’s the best around here.
Settled for the corn soup for starters, Chinese rainbow fried rice and fried pork in soy sauce. Before the meal, you’d get a hot towel to wipe your hands, steamy!
The corn soup is a creamy sweet soup made up mainly corn strips with a blend of recipes. My enthusiasm to try this was because I’ve heard so much about the Chinese sweet corn soup in movies. Sumigeng, I think that’s what they call it, is not for me “sha”. It tastes like a bland custard with little strips of corn dangling about in it. So much for trying new things.
The pork sauce on the hand was good. With the chunks and succulent flesh, pork would always be a good idea for a sauce. Plus this was well done in the thick soy, with a bit of green pepper, even giving it more life!!
The rice was annoyingly small, for a portion. But in all that glory of vibrant colors and great taste, you might wanna overlook the price and get more than one portion.
Corn soup: N800
Pork Sauce: N3400
I honestly think if you’re looking for the most out of a Chinese dining experience in Ibadan, Golden Dragon is the best the city has to offer. Ibachi is another top competition, but Ibachi’s menu is a lot more limited to a little less option. Golden Dragon is also a large space so almost any gathering can be held here.