There are many things to love about Jade Restaurant.
For a start, we couldn't stop gushing about how beautiful its premises is. Located on the lobby level of Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the Cantonese restaurant has recently reopened after a period of refurbishment.
Its revitalized interior is now bathed in a soothing color scheme that aims to evoke the lustre of jade. The specially-commissioned wallpaper features beautiful motifs of birds local to Singapore, inspired by the works of Jade's Chinese Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng who is also an avid ceramicist.
You will see many of his ceramic creations displayed throughout the restaurant. Nice, but Chef Leong's culinary prowess is what impressed us most. The food that we tried during our dinner visit was nothing short of excellent!
Taking a leaf out of a Tang Dynasty couplet ~ 八珍玉食邀郎餐，千言万语对生意 ~ "I invite you to a feast of eight treasures, with a thousand words to convey my well wishes", the resonant phrase 'Eight Treasures' became the guiding spirit of Jade.
The menu, reflecting the theme of 'Eight Treasures', are characterized by fresh, premium ingredients, and precise execution using authentic, often labor-intensive processes.
Signatures include Crispy Roasted Pork Belly, Deep-fried Prawn with Wasabi Mayonnaise, Double-boiled Dried Seafood in Superior Broth, and Sautéed Diced Beef Tenderloin, just to name a few.
The Crispy Roasted Pork Belly ($14 per person / $29 per portion), superbly-executed and presented on exquisite plates, started us off in a happy-like-a-lark delirious note.
When at Jade, it is imperative to try their double-boiled soups which embodies traditional Cantonese soup-drinking culture at its best. The Daily Soup ($13 per person) with pork ribs, fish, crab and tofu which we had was a 3.5 hours of boiling and simmering over low and high heat labor of love that finally resulted in an intensified, nourishing broth.
Flavors were all-rounded, yet the soup remained clear and light on the palate. The "chrysanthemum" tofu, carved intricately from soft beancurd, certainly showcased the knife skills of the chef as well.
There are many other treasures to savor too: The Steamed Osmanthus Char Siew Pau ($5.80 per 2 pieces) with savory-sweet honey pork filling enveloped in gentle floral aroma, the Golden Mantou stuffed with Chili Crab Meat ($7.20 per piece) served with refreshing, cold lemongrass tea with calamansi jelly, and the crunchy Deep-fried Prawn with Wasabi Mayonnaise ($14 per person)
Even the usually not-so-popular lamb meat won our unanimous vote of approval. You have to try the tender and moist Baked Lemongrass Char Siew Lamb Rib Loin ($23 per person) to understand why.
While a rice or noodle dish to round off a typical Chinese meal is usually obligatory and sometimes boring, it was far from the case here at Jade. Its Simmered Egg Noodle with Boster Lobster & XO Sauce ($39 per person) is a star dish you will want to look forward to.
There was so much to like about the huge chunk of succulent lobster meat, but even more to love about the egg noodle. Inspired by Hokkein mee, the egg noodle is deep-fried before being simmered with prawn head oil, pork lard, garlic, as well as light and dark soya sauce. Each mouthful of springy noodles well-infused with that luscious sauce was heavenly!
The accompanying XO chili sauce made of dried scallops, dried shrimps, chili padi, oil, garlic and shallots served to enhance the enjoyment even further. It deserves an award for the best condiment ever. We wanted to bring home bottles of that if Jade ever decides to have it for sale.
We ended with Hot Almond Cream with Egg White Pistachio Muah Chee ($8 per 2 pieces), and were totally satisfied.
Our dinner at Jade was one with highlights after highights. I would highly recommend this restaurant for family gatherings, business luncheons, company dinners, or if you're simply looking for quality Cantonese fare in a beautiful setting.
The eat-all-you-want Delightful Weekend Dim Sum Gourmet Brunch (two seatings at 11am and 1.15pm), set at an extremely valued price of $39++ per adult and $19++ per child (6-11 years old) is also very much worth checking out.
For more dining privacy, do request for a private room or a table at any of the semi-private partitioned areas.
Address: The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Contact: +65 6877 8911 / +65 6877 8912
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am-3pm (last order at 2.30pm) & 6.30pm-11pm (last order at 10.30pm)
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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