A makeshift banner announces that the former Kikku of Empire in Syosset is now Golden Temple Chinese and Japanese Restaurant. While the ownership has changed, the menu focus is still on the same two Eastern cuisines, augmented by a smattering of Thai dishes.
A recent meal began with a “dynamite” roll fashioned of spicy tuna, yellowtail and scallion. All good. I was heartened to see a roster of noodle soups on the menu. Since it was a cold day, I ordered a big bowlful with roast pork. Quite warming, although it would have been even better had the broth had greater depth of flavor.
All that was missing from a savory but mild-mannered Sichuan-style chicken dish was the high level of spicing emphatically requested. I always wonder whether it's Is the server who ignores such pleas or the chef, who fears a fiery dish will be returned. A question to ponder.
Golden Temple Chinese & Japanese Restaurant is at 417 Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 516-364-6476.
Roast pork noodle soup at Golden Temple, Syosset