After having a wonderful dining experience with delicious food and impeccable service rendered, expect that I will definitely be back again and again bringing in friends and relatives who are eager to try after hearing my non-stop raves. That's how passionate I am about restaurants that I love. Not only will I blog about it here, I'd definitely keep on talking about it as well.
I've been wanting to try Crystal Jade since it first opened but after a couple of failed attempts, I've decided to just wait it out until the crowd mellows down.
Finally, two months after, my brother-in-law got a reservation for us to celebrate his birthday at Crystal Jade. Despite the Sunday Christmas traffic, we all made it on time and were all so excited to enjoy Crystal Jade's specialties.
First was definitely their signature Steamed Soupy Pork Dumplings a.k.a. Xiao Long Pao (Php. 158/5 pieces). I had the best tasting Xiao Long Bao during our Honeymoon in Singapore and this was my benchmark for good Xiao Long Baos.
So how did Crystal Jade's Xiao Long Bao fare?
Dinner was wonderful however we were unfortunate to be there on the night their exhaust fan broke so our eyes began to get teary and painful due to the smoke that was starting to fill up the restaurant.
And I shall return
Just four days after my first visit, I was back at Crystal Jade this time with my High School best buddies. Since there were only three of us, no prior reservations were needed to be made and I was able to get a table right away.
As soon as our bowl of steaming noodles came out, T wasted no time in serving this into our tiny soup bowls. I took a careful sip and the delicious taste of peanut immediately filled my taste buds. The noodles was very al dente and I love the thick soup with a little spicy kick. T was right, the spicy level was something I can still handle as I had three servings of this noodle soup.
The Third Round
After enjoying the Dan Dan Mien, I invited my sister and Paul just two days after my second visit to have our afternoon snack at Crystal Jade. We shared on a bowl of Dan Dan Mien and Xiao Long Bao which we all enjoyed nonetheless.
I can't believe that I ate at Crystal Jade three times in just a span of six days! Luckily though, I've found a number of amazing discoveries such as the Crispy eel in Wuxi Style, Dan Dan Mien and the Fried Noodle with Shredded Eel. I love it that in all my visits, the taste has remained consistent and the service was great all three times.
No wonder the line never disappears in front of Crystal Jade, I'm glad that it has arrived in Manila and I hope that it will continue to tickle our taste buds every so often.
*photo credit: Paul Ang (1st visit)
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao is located at Unit 117-121, Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City. For reservations, call them at 570-6910 / 570-6912.