New Chinese, Japanese restaurant opens

Published 7:12 pm Thursday, March 12, 2009

Golden Crane has been open only two weeks, and already it has a following of loyal customers.

Grant Brinkley and Neil Aboulhosn, two medical students doing rotations in Troy, said that they cannot get enough of the Golden Crane.

“We have been here over nine times in the last 12 days,” Brinkley said. “This is absolutely the best Chinese and Japanese inspired restaurant in town.”

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Brinkley and Aboulhosn have tried a variety of things on the menu, and each one has his favorite dish. While Brinkley enjoys the chicken teriyaki, Aboulhosn said he loves things from the hibachi grill.

“The hibachi food is just fantastic. The food here is always amazing,” Aboulhosn said. “I recommend that people try their box dinners and lunches. It’s a great deal.”

Peter Wang, a server at Golden Crane, said business has been steady.

“We have had steady business so far. Even though we haven’t advertised yet, a lot of people seem to know about us through word of mouth,” Wang said. “We have good food here.”

Wang said his personal favorite food served at the restaurant is sushi.

“I love our sushi. A lot of people are scared of sushi, because they think that sushi is just raw fish,” Wang said. “Sushi doesn’t have to be raw, we also have cooked sushi, and you can be sure our sushi is always fresh.”

Michael and Cindy Lin own the restaurant, and are not new to the restaurant business. Wang said that the Lins have previously owned restaurants in Bonifay and Chipley, Fla., but they wanted to try something new with Golden Crane.

“They wanted to try a fusion restaurant of authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Michael is very creative and has had lots of ideas for the business,” Wang said. “He’s a very good cook and he has personally trained all of the chefs. Michael makes it his business to make sure the food is cooked properly.”

Golden Crane also features chefs that have been trained on the hibachi grill.

“We have chefs trained to cook on the hibachi grill, and they know how to put on a good show,” Wang said.

“Our most important priority here is to serve good, fresh food. We receive a fresh seafood shipment three times a week.”

Golden Crane is open seven days a week, and accepts walk-ins, reservations and private parties.

They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday they are open from 11:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Their lunch prices range from $7 through $20, and dinner prices range from $10 to $22.95.

For to-go orders, or more information on Golden Crane, call 334-770-8888.