Golden National Family Restaurant – Calgary, Alberta

I was really excited to see a new Chinese Restaurant pop up and it’s called Golden National which is a restaurant family owned and operated that began in High River. As we all know, I love small town Chinese/Western restaurants so I was really excited to come here and try it out – in the city!

We started with some Fried Chicken Wings which was really awesome! Although it seemed a little strange that both the middle piece and the drum was still attached together, it was really tasty! It was battered the perfect amount, fried nicely in clean oil to a perfect crisp, yet still juicy inside and then seasoned just enough for it to taste great but still have chicken flavour! My husband loved this and pretty much ate the entire dish.

We then ordered some Wor Wontons as it’s been a new trend that I do… I order it and see how much I like it. This one, I really loved. The soup was flavourful, the wontons was large and full of flavour. It was a generous portion and nothing to complain about.

Then, we ordered their Shanghai Noodle with Chicken, B.B.Q Pork, Shrimp and Szechuan Sauce which was a unique type of Shanghai noodles as those don’t normally have shrimp and it’s not normally spicy. This plate was delicious and no matter how spicy it got, we just kept eating it. It was addicting so we left absolutely stuffed and really satisfied.

Overall, the prices are really fair here with nice portion sizes and great food quality. Cleanliness and quality is important to them and I see great success if they keep it up! A special note, we ordered tea and they actually use really nice tea leaves – so fragrant and wonderful. The tea does cost $2/person which seems high, but it’s really nice tea. We’ll be returning and recommending this place to family and friends!

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Golden National Family Restaurant

3 High Street SE
Calgary, AB
(403) 257-9777

Diana Restaurant – Drumheller, Alberta

Touring Alberta some more recently and we found ourselves hungry during a late lunch hour in Drumheller. We originally wanted Vietnamese, which was closed, but we found Diana Restaurant right on Centre Street (basically Main Street), so it was easy to find with lots of parking.

We went inside and got seated in a booth and we looked around – couldn’t help but giggle as it was decorated with everything “Asian” and kind of retro actually! This place totally feels like a family restaurant as it appears there was only 1 person taking care of the front of the house and 1 in the back. Service was still really good and the food came out relatively fast. I wasn’t feeling 100% so I wanted something less greasy, so I opted for their Wor Wonton Soup which had quite a few wonton in the bowl — around 12 of them! I’m afraid to talk about the taste as I know I lost some tastebuds from not feeling good! If I had to say something, it would be that it was really quite good!! It just needed a little salt or soy sauce.. or even hot sauce!

My husband loves pork chop and he jumped to the opportunity to have pork chop. It was called Grilled Pork Chops off the menu, and it’s what it sounds like! We were just surprised that it came with 2 giant slices. Of course, I had some to try as well, and it tasted pretty good! Well seasoned, well cooked and it was still tender and juicy.

Overall, we enjoyed our little stop here! It was quite fun and the atmosphere was pretty neat! Not your traditional Chinese food, but as it says outside “Western Chinese”!

Diana Restaurant

388 Centre St
Drumheller, AB
(403) 823-3030