Sunday, May 4, 2014
Using the natural taste and flavour of ingredients to advantage, what you get is a reawakening of sensory pleasures
Few restaurants in Singapore have enjoyed years of steady business with a growing clientele that return loyally. Owing to this, more than 120 outlets (including fine dining restaurants, casual dining, bakeries and more), Crystal Jade covers 22 concepts spread over 21 cities in 10 countries. So when it came to Gurgaon, I had to go and check it out.
Easily accessible, it is spread across two floors with one entire floor dedicated to banquet facilities and comprises of a private dining area. By day it is fresh and washed with subtle sunlight and a spectacular view of the bustling road. At night it is romantic, quaint and dotted with lights and infused with a subtle aroma. Browsing through the menu I began with a tea and I must say Chinese Teas here are a must try and my vote goes all out for Eight Treasure which is supposed to be a signature tea of Mainland China, famous for its sweet taste and Florid nose.
The wide range of Dimsums will surely will win hordes of followers as after trying a basket of ‘Multi flavoured Xiao Long Bao’ and the ‘Pan fried carrot cake with mushroom’, I can swear by its fine quality and exquisite flavours. I also loved my hot and spicy soup; it worked up an appetite for more sumptuous dishes that followed. A must try here is the Peking Duck, a crisp succulent experience of the highest order served in two courses, first a rolled pancake with duck skin, cucumber and leeks and later the meat is stir fried with a choice of the sauce you like, I went in for the black bean. The service of the Duck is an attraction of sorts as it involves the steward to carve the duck. Interestingly the history of Peking duck can be traced as far back as the Yuan Dynasty. By the time of the early 15th century it had become one of the favourite dishes of the Imperial Ming family. The piece de resistance for me was also the Braised Pork Belly served with a slightly sweet bun which was a cloud-like bundle of pure pillowy heaven; the fluffiest example I’ve eaten. And vegetarians don’t fret there is a separate menu for you guys; I had the stir-fried greens, crisp and perfect.
Wonderful desserts like mango and sago and the mango pudding would keep you asking for more. Good wine list and the impeccable service make dining here a total experience; true refinement for the appreciative palate.
Crystal Jade is at G 01, Ground Floor, Central Plaza Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
Timings: 11 Am to 11 Pm
Reservations: 0124-4001505, + 91- 9811474888.
published in Statesman