After a 3 month’s wait, Crystal Jade Group has finally relaunched its flagship fine dining restaurant Crystal Jade Palace, located at Level 4 of Takashimaya Shopping Centre.
Do you know that this Crystal Jade Palace has been at Ngee Ann City since its beginning days, first opened in 1993.
It has been regarded as one of Singapore’s leading Chinese restaurants for an authentic and refined Chinese dining experience.
You may remember the interior to be darker and more luxe-looking, but it has been refreshed with a brand-new look.
Check out the brighter-lit communal dining hall with plush seating, under the iconic chandelier lights; and an elegant Chinese palace garden style courtyard dotted with greenery beyond marble arches.
This is where you can dine in style in the 318-capacity sophisticated modern space.
The menu is also revamped with fresh and exciting offerings.
Group Executive Chef Martin Foo himself has steered the redesign of the menu, with support from his team of chefs.
You will see in their dishes how they innovate and push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for the rich traditions of Chinese cuisine.
Expect to find a repertoire of familiar favourites but if you want something beyond the usual, go for the Chef’s Table Customised Menu by Chef Foo. It comes in either 6-course or 8-course and strictly by reservations only, at least 2 weeks in advance.
Here are 10 of the must-try Crystal Jade Palace dishes that will welcome you back from their hiatus:
Roasted Irish Duck with Black Truffle ($26 for regular, $48 for half, $95 for whole)
This is one of the signature classic roast items: Roasted Irish Duck with Black Truffle.
The name itself is enough to make your mouth water. This specialty duck, with its succulent meat and paper-thin crisp skin, is served in a dark soy sauce that evokes the aroma of truffle oil.
Talking about the sauce, you may just find yourself ‘sweeping’ it away with the duck meat. It is created by the jus collected from the duck after roasting, essentially the essence.
They also updated the Palace signature Peking Duck ($48 for half, $92 for whole) by adding a black pepper foie gras pate for extra richness, a tangy house-made red wine pear, and fresh romaine lettuce.
The Roasted Honey BBQ Iberico Pork ($30 for regular portion) also levelled up as it is now prepared with prime pork shoulder meat.
Braised Sea Cucumber with Grandma’s Braised Pork Belly ($36)
Another chef-special you shouldn’t miss is the Braised Sea Cucumber with Grandma’s Braised Pork Belly which reminds me of the Hangzhou iconic dish of Dong Po Rou.
This is a rustic, home-style dish served in a claypot featuring Australia-sourced sea cucumbers and Crystal Jade’s signature braised pork belly.
Because the choice cuts of pork belly are slow cooked in quality soy sauce, rock sugar and spices, they end up tasty, sticky, and uber tender.
What I particularly enjoyed was that the meats were melt-in-your-mouth soft (oh, the fats), yet they do not feel that greasy. Best paired with a warm bowl of rice, or the Fried Crispy Rice and Orzo Pasta.
Sautéed Beef Cube with Shishito Peppers in Black Pepper Sauce ($36)
This dish is prepared with premium beef short-rib cubes expertly flash-fried to achieve that desirable wok hei.
Complementing the beef are sweet and mildly-spicy Shishito peppers, which are first dry-roasted in a wok. Typically you would find say capsicum in such a dish, but the finger-sized Shishito peppers provided quite a distinctive flavour with light crunch and hint of smokiness.
A special black pepper blends everything together as a well-balanced savoury main dish.
Fried Crispy Rice and Orzo Pasta with Prawn & Shrimp ($26)
If you have been a fan of the Palace signature fried rice for the longest time, it’s time to try another specialty rice dish: Fried Crispy Rice and Orzo Pasta with Prawn and Shrimps.
Orzo resemble larger-grains of rice but are really pasta, which delivers more protein and fibre as they are made with whole wheat. They have a firmer, more al dente texture when compared to rice.
So this looks like fried rice, but it is not.
Expertly wok-fried over high heat for that maximum wok hei, this dish is made with orzo pasta grains stir-fried with fresh prawns, diced red & green bell peppers, and flavourful bits of char siew.
It is served with a sprinkling of crispy Sakura ebi and deep-fried rice grains, so you get that bit of crunch every spoonful.
Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Peruvian Ginseng and Sea Whelk ($26 per person)
A traditional Cantonese meal is not complete without some piping-hot soup.
If you must order a soup, try this chef special – an energizing concoction made with “maca” (a medicinal plant from Peru known for its aphrodisiac properties aka Peruvian ginseng) and sea whelk.
The earthy and nutty flavour of ginseng enhances this double-boiled chicken soup, while the sea whelk adds some umami notes.
Deep-fried Chive Stem Pancake ($14.80)
Another highly-recommended appetiser or snack is this savoury pancake made with sheets of spring roll skin.
In between the sheets is a filling combining sweet chive stems aka qing long cai, minced fresh prawns, and bits of lap cheong – the Chinese sausages may come in small bits but they make a big difference taste-wise.
Together, these are deep-fried until the spring roll skin turns golden brown and crispy curled on the edges. Very addictive.
Steamed XO Scallop Dumpling wrapped in ‘marbled’ skin ($8.80 for 3 pieces)
If you want quality dim sum, Crystal Jade Palace is a top contender.
This new dumpling creation highlights its ‘marbled’ skin with white and grey gradient tones, and a special robust homemade XO sauce.
The unique and delicate dark dumpling skin wraps a scallop and prawn, along with some celery for a bit or crunch.
Crystal Jade’s Assorted Mushroom Dumpling ($6.80 for 3 pieces)
This assorted mushroom dumpling makes a fine choice for vegetarians, but even non-vegetarians will appreciate the earthy mix of fresh button, shitake and hon shimeji (brown beech) mushrooms.
The minced fungi are sautéed with finely diced carrots and celery, then encased in a delicately soft skin. A recommended signature dumpling for dim sum lovers!
Crispy Tiger Prawn Fritters Wrapped in Red Glutinous Rice Cheong Fun ($8.80)
A unique dish that combines the crispy and the sticky. It takes a juicy Tiger prawn and mixes it with salted egg yolk, then made into a deep-fried fritter.
This elaborate red-tinged prawn is then wrapped in a red glutinous rice cheong or thin rice noodle roll skin.
The beauty is really in its centre, where the grainy salted egg yolk adds that element of surprise.
Chendol with Coconut Ice Cream ($12.80)
Finally, wind down after a satisfying meal with a familiar dessert with modern interpretation – the Chendol with Coconut Ice Cream.
Enjoy a serving of aromatic coconut-flavoured sorbet with Chendol and grass jelly cubes.
This dessert is finished and decorated with feuilletine crumbled into shards for that sweet, buttery flavour and unique crisp texture.
One special feature of Crystal Jade Palace’s interior is the commissioned mixed-media artworks by local artist Sam Auditeur.
The wall depicts the four seasons in which the birds are migrating from season to season, also a reflection of how Crystal Jade Palace is the place for celebrations throughout the year.
Walk near the back of the restaurant, and you would find a “courtyard” depicting a palace’s moongate, which is a more casual setting from the main dining hall.
There is also an intimate tea room where you can partake in artisanal teas before or after your meal.
Seven private dining rooms are available, and there is also a large event space that can accommodate up to 120 guests – perfect for a wedding reception, a corporate event, or a lavish birthday celebration.
Crystal Jade Palace
391 Orchard Road, #04-19, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6735 2388
Opening Hours 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri)
11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Sat), 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Sun, PH)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Crystal Jade Group.