Monday, November 24, 2008

Crystal Jade Restaurant @ Gardens, Mid Valley

I suppose the greatest of all hype about blogging is recognition. Whether it is from advertisers, newspapers and parties alike.

To receive an email from a PR agency inviting me for a food tasting session, and i thought oh well, not the first.

Well that was what i thought, when i realised it was far grander and formal then i imagined. With a table almost exclusively for photo-taking, media kits presented and words from the special assistant to the Managing Director of Crystal Jade Concept Holdings, wah this must be the biggest surprise i ever gotten from blogging.

Seated in the private dining room, fit for 20 kings and queens

To then proceed with the tasting menu, i was speechless.

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Roasted Peking Duck (whole duck - RM 68++, half duck - RM35++)
I mean if a local Malaysian tells you where is the best duck is, the truth is they have never been exposed to the real stuff. I think this is where Stella agrees, the method of cooking maybe immaculate but without the juicy fat duck (the ones you oogle at in Bayswater or Beijing), it can never be presented in its true form.


So i agree, eventhough when presented in it naked glory, when wrapped in the pan cake (with a little bit too little sauce), i didnt manage to bite into crispy skin and juicy meat but a pale comparison unfortunately.


To avoid any further disappointment, we were then presented with a bowl of Braised Shark's Fin with Crab meat (RM 55++). As much as i sympathise to those who don't eat fins for the love of sharks and to prevent animal cruelty, i also believe that these animals should not die in vain, thus i happily dug in.

The soup base was full of flavour and an eye opener statement was that vinegar shall only be put into sharkfin soup, if it is crudely put; crap. If your first sip and what you tasted is levels of flavour, let nature take its course and don't disturb it.


The Pan-Fried Fillet on Bread Toast, is simply put, battered fish with a thin slice of yam at the bottom. Although my preference for steam fish still stays strong and valid, i dont mind the fried things once in a while.

Next up was another strong flavoured dish.


The "Fa Kao" braised with sea cucumber (RM 55++). The hours of braising resulted in the two pieces of underwater supplements to absorb the strong flavours of possibly "sheung tong, abalone and oyster sauce". Consumed using knife and fork, i was scooping the sauce up with the fork and how i wished at that moment, some rice would come in handy to soak up the richness of the sauce.


The fried mixed grain rice with assorted grain in hot stone (RM20++), spelled H-E-A-L-T-H-Y with an exclamation mark. An excellent alternative to eating white rice as there give a higher nutritional value to the simple carbs we are used to.


To finish the course off, we had a case of fusion dessert. Herbal jelly with sago & pamelo with mango purree to sweeten it up, to appeal to the more younger crowd.


Address and contact details:

Third Floor, Gardens, The Mid Valley City

Tel: 03-22833129
Fax: 03-22848129
Biz Hours: Monday to Sunday - 11am - 3pm, 5.30pm -10.30pm
Available for HK style dim sum too!
Verdict: Judging from my previous experience here and together with all the exquisite items we tasted (price aside, as it is RATHER steep, but comparative since it is in a shopping centre and it is non-halal), they deserve 4 stars out of 5 stars. Definitely worth coming back again, whether it is dim sum or dinner.

26 comments:

worldwindows said...

Straight duck talk. No duct tape on the mouth. I like it. Congrats on your 2 years of blogging!

CUMI & CIKI said...

so, the duck wasn't up to par, is that right?

550ml jar of faith said...

Congrats on your blog's 2nd anniversary. And yes, good to know that you'll tell it like it is, recognition or not!

fatboybakes said...

guffaw...love that duct tape comment from world windows.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: hahaha me too..this time around it was free flow watever i wanted to write! actually come to think abt it, no obligations too..just ask me go eat only..

550ml: yeap yeap..

c&c: nope =( .. sad hor..

worldwindows: thanks..i like it too

New Kid on the Blog said...

Walked pass this place when I was there... too high class that put me a stop for entering. :)

leo said...

looks mediocre to me.. :)

Life for Beginners said...

You, my boy, have arrived. And arrived in style. ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: hahah in that coat and all..waiting for me cufflinks and tie..hahah..

leo: really? my saliva still coming out looking at it wor..

new kid: renovation costs apparently ran up to the millions (SGD) btw..

Kok said...

joe,
When you marry next time, can you order such food and invite me to go to your wedding dinner?? Pwwweaassseeee!!! hahaha

J2Kfm said...

after the posh-sounding and looking meal, the dessert was somewhat of a letdown.

did you not expect something ... on a grander scale?

herbal jelly (guilinggao?!!) with sago, pomelo n mango?! reminds me of Hui Lau Shan pulak ...

kristin said...

joe, oh joe...
all i can say is.. i would have been great company!
hehe.. :P

Henry Yeo said...

when is your next assignment?

jessbabe said...

hey there... nice meeting you that night..awesome dining isn't it?

Hopefully next time you could give me a buzz for a good siu yuk!!!

Cheers.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jessbabe: dont think i got ur hp number, did i?

henry: till i receive my email..u knw..abit james bond mixed mission impossible..

kristin: i shall keep that in mind la ar..hahaha

j2fkm: well unless u were expecting bird's nest lor..bcoz i suppose it was a nice light finish..

kok: y dun u fly to KL, we can still get this kind of food, dont need to wait for wedding 1 ;)

mimid3vils said...

I'm the one u mentioned that didn't eat sharkfin~~~

Bangsar-bAbE said...

*gulp!* The soup alone can buy me a buffet at Rakuzen de...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bangsar babe: yeah hahaha..but it WAS GOOD..

mimi: haha nxt time i must go out with u..get double portion!

Selba said...

I love roasted duck!!! Yummy.... Cristal Jade is a nice place to dine :)

Eh... the sago on the herbal jelly looks kinda caviar, hehehe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

selba: yeap..decor and ambience hits the right note!..

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wowwww fancy schmancy! congrats, congrats!

hihi maybe i can celebrate my first anniv with a heaping bowl of fake shark fin soup (wun jai chi) hehehe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rita: aiyo..not "ting kao chi" meh..the 1 u eat with chopstick 1?

ling239 said...

fried mixed grain rice looks really good....^_^







fyi i hate those rice... XD
but this looks interesting ~

Simon Seow said...

Wah, famous food blogger. No one will invite me for this kind of session T_T

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: no larr...where got famous..u get invited to all the happening events too!

Anonymous said...

Upon arrival was impressed with the restaurants presentation and surroundings. However when we notified them of a cockroach on our table it took them ages to come back to us where they asked if they could please remove it. We were disappointed with the manner in which they had dealt with the matter as no apology was made and the supervisor refused to come see us after we requested to have an explanation and apology. All we were told was they were all scared and did not know what to say. After this I too was speechless and shall never return nor recommend to any of my friends or family. Service is second to everything.......