Sunday, February 24, 2008

Crystal Jade Golden Palace Restaurant



Was deciding on a place to eat along Orchard road one weekday evening and the only place that didn't seem to be spilling with people was Crystal Jade Golden Palace (CJGP). From what I know, CJGP hovers around the top tier of the Crystal Jade chain, which includes Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao, Crystal Jade Kitchen etc.



Entrance & Interior



Menu

Located on the 5th floor of the high end The Paragon shopping mall, CJGP appeals with its sombre yet elegant entrance walkway and posh/classy interior complete with ambient lighting. Padded walls and carpets, thick cushioned chairs all give the impression of comfort at its finesse.



Shark's Fin in Coconut

This dish is out of the menu so please pardon my literal translation from Chinese to English. Served up in a coconut husk, the fins were of decent quality and in abundance together with stuff like prawns and fish maw in a nice and light broth which hinted of coconut towards the bottom.



Crystal Jade Suckling Pig

A rather impressive dish I must say, with the skin crackling crispy and the meat harbouring a light smoky taste. I liked the strings of jellyfish that came with it as well, springy with lots of bite. Not the least bit worth the price($23) though, with only a few slices of skin and meat.



Sauteed Scallop with Broccoli

Yet another dish of small proportions. Cooked just right, the broccoli was crunchy and tasty with the scallops slightly firm and not overwhelming.



Golden Palace Signature Fried Rice

I naturally had a certain level of expectation as this came billed as one of the restaurant's signature dish. Regrettably, it wasn't quite what I was looking for, coming across as decent but not outstanding. Probably the only highlight to it was the presence of salted egg yolk which gave the rice a slightly rough texture.



Mashed Taro with Gingko Nuts

The mashed taro aka Orh Nee, was smooth and light without being too moist or dry. However portions are really miserable and I can easily eat 2 bowls of equally satisfying Orh Nee for the same price.



Bill

Dinner for 2 didn't come cheap at about $128, especially with the small portions. However I can't deny that the quality of food is there and service is more than adequate. I guess that does provide some justification for the high prices. What do you think?



Likes: Nice place, good food
Dislikes: Small portions, expensive

Final Verdict:
Ambience:7.5/10
Service:7/10
Food:7.5/10
Value for money:6/10

Overall:7/10

Address: #05-10 The Paragon, 290 Orchard Road

Contact: 6734 6866

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.30am - 3pm, 6 - 11pm

2 comments:

Camemberu said...

Pricey indeed! Hope there's an expense account to cover it! :P

fatpig said...

I wish there was, but nope! LOL