Plenty of Chinese restaurants boast big menus, but Crystal Jade Dining IN‘s is truly expansive, with lots (probably hundreds) of options to choose from. That might sound intimidating, but the names are familiar enough that you should have a good idea what you are getting.
They recently put together a new Holiday Set Menu which will be available beginning December 1st and I was invited over for lunch to try some of these dishes.
We sampled the Set Menu C which is priced at Php8800+ and is good for 6 persons. It had appetizers, dim sums, mains, rice, and a dessert.
Part of serving great food is presentation; like the Sliced Bitter-gourd with Plum Sauce pictured above. It’s a simple dish just enough to whet the appetite.
Next, we had a combination of Crispy Duck Sandwich with Shredded Duck Fruit Salad. Loved this dish! The skin was so crispy, sweet and glossy, that it dissolves on your tongue with the first bite. The shredded duck meat provided lots of deep ‘umami’ flavour in the salad and even though I am not much into fruits, I wouldn’t mind having this salad any time of the day.
We also sampled the Almond with Scallop Soup which was served in a Papaya Bowl. The thick hearty, broth is heaven for soup junkies but the uninitiated may find their taste buds overwhelmed by the rich taste of blended Almonds.
We then moved on to the mains–Golden Baked Stuffed Crab Shells and Fish Maw with Black Truffle and Osmanthus. Both dishes were superb in taste and packed with flavour. Lastly, we sampled the Pan-fried Beancurd Roll and Yang Zhou Fried Rice. Familiar in a way, these two dishes had enough character to make it a truly unique experience.
Of course, you can’t go to Crystal Jade without trying the best sellers–Original Xiao Long Bao and Salted Duck Egg Buns. Nothing flashy, nothing new, just classics done right.
The new Holiday Set Menu is an 8-course prix fixe of modern, beautiful evolution of traditional Chinese dishes, which is a great deal considering the quality of what you are getting. The service is affectionate, the decor is quiet and charming, and the dishes will be a lasting takeaway.
Crystal Jade Dining IN is the kind of place that challenges your expectations for what to expect from Chinese dining without straying too far from what makes it great in the first place.
For more information about Crystal Jade’s specially curated Holiday Full-course sets, you may call +632 808 5233.