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[Shanghai] Crystal Jade 翡翠酒家

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Crystal Jade 翡翠酒家

Add: 7F Westgate Mall 1038 West Nanjing Road / 南京西路1038号梅龙镇广场7楼
Tel: 5228 1133
Hours: 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00-10:00pm
Website: www.crystaljade.com
Price: 150-200 RMB/person
Visited: Oct 2015

Please note that this was an arranged tasting.

Lunch at the newly revamped Crystal Jade in Westgate Mall. I’d never been to Crystal Jade before the renovation so I can’t really compare, but the new look is quite pretty in shades of grey and blue-green, with lots of mirrors all over. The menu has also gone through much scrutiny, resulting in a more concise  list of classic and modern Cantonese dishes.

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3 Barbecue combination 烧味三拼 (118 RMB), a trio of BBQ pork with manuka honey, crackling pork belly, crispy roasted duck 马芦卡蜂蜜叉烧、金牌脆皮烧肉、金牌脆皮烧鸭. Very good.

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Steamed Black Truffle and Prawn Dumpling 黑松露翠玉饺 (8 RMB/piece).

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Steamed Minced Pork Patty with Squid Ink 墨鱼汁土尤蒸肉饼 (88 RMB) is a dish I haven’t tasted before. Pork belly is first minced then mixed with chopped water chestnut, diced eel, and squid ink. Flavor and texture both excellent.

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Shrimp Dumpling 虾饺 (10 RMB/piece).

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Crispy Foie Gras Bun 雪影鹅肝包 (10 RMB/piece), snow-white buns encasing French foie gras, black truffle, and cream custard. A signature dish at Crystal Jade, though not a favorite of mine.

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Baked Chicken with Black Truffle 黑松露焗嫩鸡 (RMB 128). Chicken thigh pan-fried till golden, then mixed with an assortment of mushrooms sautéed in black truffle sauce. Served sizzling hot and smelling like heaven. I especially enjoyed the mushrooms…but yes the chicken was delicious too.

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Vegetables, sadly a bit overcooked.

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Sauteed Australian Sirloin Beef Cubes with Red Wine Vinegar 意式酒醋炒澳洲后里脊粒 (RMB 298) – I was too full by this point, but my fellow lunchers seemed to have enjoyed this dish.

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Poached Rice in Lobster Soup with Crispy Rice 龙虾汤贵妃泡饭 (138 RMB/pot, 88 RMB/half a pot). A rich lobster broth with prawns, diced greens, fried pork skin, steamed rice, and crispy rice. Excellent flavor from the broth and interesting texture from the crispy rice, a lovely ending to the meal.

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A good place for Cantonese food at a reasonable price. Count 150-200 RMB per head for a meal.

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October 16th, 2015 at 1:20 pm