Jade Garden 蘇浙匯
Address*: Building A, No. 2558 Yan’an West Road (near Shuicheng Lu) 延安西路2558号A楼 (近水城路)
Tel: 6278 9558
Price: 100~200 RMB/person
Jade Garden is most famous for its well-prepared 上海本幫菜 (Shanghainese cuisine), but few people know about the excellent dim sum served at its Gubei branch*. The decor is posh, the food is satisfying, and the round tables are conducive for group conversations – it’s an ideal weekend gathering place for a lively big family brunch. Reservations are highly recommended.
*Multiple locations available, check SmartShanghai or Dianping for details. I’ve only been to the Gubei branch so I can’t say much about the quality at other branches.
Entrance, rather posh
We started off with 沙姜霸王雞 (Simmer Grilled Chicken with Ginger) - tender and succulent, a must order.
Simmer Grilled Chicken with Ginger 沙姜霸王雞, 48 RMB for half a chicken
Simmer Grilled Chicken with Ginger 沙姜霸王雞
I’ve never been a big fan of 熏魚 (Smoked Fish in Sweet Soy Sauce), but the Jade Garden rendition of this Shanghai classic was very well-received at our table.
Smoked Blue Fish in Sweet Soy Sauce 本幫熏魚, 38 RMB
We then followed with a couple of Shanghainese dishes that I’ve never even heard of before, but all were surprisingly tasty:
Fried Yellow Catfish with Pickled Vegetables and Fresh Bamboo Shoots 雪菜鮮筍炒昂刺魚, 78 RMB
Roast Pork Simmered with Cauliflower and Dried Shrimps 燒肉蝦干煨椰菜, 36 RMB
Braised Scallops with Water Bamboo and Rice Wine Lees 醩香茭白溜澳帶, 88 RMB
Braised Scallops with Water Bamboo and Rice Wine Lees 醩香茭白溜澳帶
Of course, a Shanghai brunch is not complete without the classic 蔥油拌麵 (Noodles with Scallion).
Noodles with Scallion and Small Shrimps 蔥油開陽拌麵, 18 RMB
We then tried quite a few dim sum dishes, which were especially impressive considering that Jade Garden is not Cantonese. There were a couple of dishes that I’ve never seen before, such as the 香芒鮮蝦卷 (shrimp roll with mango), a pan-fried, sesame-studded variation to the typical shrimp rolls.
Shrimp Rolls with Mango 香芒鮮蝦卷，18 RMB
香煎糯米雞 (Pan-fried Glutinous Rice with Chicken) was also a good one. Usually, the glutinous rice and chicken are wrapped in lotus leaves and steamed, but the version at Jade Garden is pan-fried instead, producing a crispy skin and a drool-inducing fragrance.
Pan-fried Glutinous Rice with Chicken 香煎糯米雞, 18 RMB
The rest of the dim sum dishes were nothing out of the ordinary, but still gratifying in taste.
Dim sum, dim sum, dim sum
Dim sum, dim sum, dim sum
As a sweet ending to our Sunday brunch, we finished off with 棗泥鍋餅 (Crispy cake with date and bean paste). While a typical meal at Jade Garden usually costs 150+ RMB per person, our brunch was only 80 RMB per head thanks to the inexpensive dim sum dishes. An excellent deal!
Crispy cake with date and bean paste 棗泥鍋餅, 18 RMB