Anyway, I was invited to try the special Chinese New Year set menu at Crystal Jade Palace in Ngee Ann City a few weeks back. This is one of the fine-dining restaurants of the Crystal Jade chain. The others being the newly-opened Crystal Jade Prestige in MBFC, Crystal Jade Dining In in Vivo City and Crystal Jade Golden Palace in Paragon Mall. In addition to this, there's Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao which specializes in (what else?!) noodles and xiao long bao as well as a variety of Hong Kong-style dimsum too. Lastly, there's Crystal Jade Kitchen where you can enjoy short orders and indulge in their Steamboat Buffet which I love. Our preview dinner showcased a variety of dishes that will be served in the different Crystal Jade concepts.
As soon as we're all complete, our server started filling up our table with all the ingredients that will go into the Prosperity Yusheng with Abalone & Pomegranate (S$88 / S$138). This is available in Crystal Jade Palace / Prestige / Dining In / Golden Palace. I was pretty excited to try this as I've never had yu sheng minus the yu (fish) and with abalone and pomegranate instead. I'm expecting this to have a sweet note due to the plum and pomegranate sauce. As soon as I had my first plate, I was right! I love biting into the small pomegranate pulp and the abalone gave the salad a more meaty feel. It was really good and I highly recommend it.
At this point, we were all ready to raise our red napkins up in the air to surrender. However, we still have a lot more dishes to go!
We also had the Double-boiled Water Chestnut with Egg White from Crystal Jade Prestige. I have to say that when I first read the menu line-up, I thought that this would be our soup. However, it was served at the very end on a nice cocktail glass with a piece of cut-up strawberry sitting on top. Plus, it was served cold.
It was definitely a delicious and prosperous pre-CNY dinner at Crystal Jade. I love how each restaurant concept has prepared several set menus for their patrons to choose from. It's really a matter of finding the right one that suits your specifications be it a classy formal reunion dinner or a casual family get-together.
In addition to these dishes, I highly recommend for you to check out some of their Chinese New Year snacks too. Paul and I love the Almond Puff Cookies (S$12.80) which has a nice buttery and nutty texture in every bite. Another great discovery was the Fortune Bo Lo Pineapple Tarts (S$10.80 - S$20.80) that looks like mini bo lo buns but filled with sweet pineapple jam. It comes in small bite-size pieces that is so addicting. You might have to fight the urge to just keep popping one piece after the other into your mouth. In fact, I just bought a couple of boxes to bring home to Manila with me. I'm pretty sure our families will love this! Ordering was a breeze too. All I had to do was to log on to their e-store, select the items that I want, choose when my pick-up date and venue will be and make my payment. Done!
Visit Crystal Jade Singapore's official website to get the list of branches all over the world. Don't forget to like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram too!