Crys­tal Jade Palace Restau­rant

Wine & Dine Cookbook - - KITCHEN ARSENAL -

We are happy to re­port that this 27-year-old stal­wart doesn’t dis­ap­point de­spite a busy lunchtime crowd. Crys­tal Jade Palace checks all the boxes for an up­mar­ket Chi­nese restau­rant. Apart from a su­perbly cen­tral lo­ca­tion, it serves up friendly, ef­fi­cient ser­vice, and qual­ity Can­tonese cui­sine, which are why reser­va­tions are a must.

The dim sum se­lec­tion is very de­cent here. Staples such as chee cheong fun, or rice flour rolls, are freshly pre­pared and nicely ex­e­cuted. But the real gems are to be found in the a la carte menu. The restau­rant built its rep­u­ta­tion on its roasted meats, so be sure to or­der the bar­be­cued com­bi­na­tion plat­ter to savour the se­lec­tion. The roasted pork with its crispy wafer­thin skin held up by nicely mar­bled meat is a must, as is the roasted duck with its rich flavours and ten­der meat.

As per Chi­nese restau­rants of its cal­i­bre, there are plenty of pre­mium seafood on the menu, from lob­ster to live fish, pre­pared to your lik­ing. The daily special (ours was the dragon garouper) is a sound bet for fresh­ness and value. For a hum­ble sat­is­fy­ing op­tion, choose the crab­meat fried rice that comes stud­ded with crunchy sakura shrimps and laced with wok hei. Desserts run the gamut of Chi­nese stan­dards. The stand­out is the rich pump­kin cream spiked with black gluti­nous rice for crunch and topped with co­conut ice cream.

Takashimay­a Shop­ping Cen­tre, #04-19, 391 Or­chard Road, Sin­ga­pore 238872

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