Friday, September 9, 2011

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

I was able to try this restaurant last year.  We got lucky & got a table quickly for a party of five.  I'm actually very excited then.  Crystal Jade is very famous in Hong Kong & Singapore for serving delicious noodles & xiao long bao (steamed dumplings with soup inside).  We got to order a little of everything then.  Some noodles, xiao long bao, & seafood dishes.  After trying the dishes we didn't find anything special.  We thought the other Chinese restaurants we frequent are much better.  Unfortunately the Philippine branch doesn't compare to the ones found abroad.  My cousins are definitely disappointed.  They had such high expectations from the restaurant.  I thought at most it was average during that time.

Recently, another cousin of mine wanted to try Crystal Jade.  I told her of my previous experience & reminded her it's not the same as the ones found in Hong Kong or Singapore.  I thought, after more than half a year I might as well give this restaurant a second try.  So off we go for a lunch out in Crystal Jade.  Even now there is still a waiting line to dine in.  We got our table after waiting for 10-15 minutes.  We got to look at their menu while waiting outside so we know what to order once we get our table.  The servers are actually quick & efficient.  I think they want their customers to eat & run so other waiting customers can have their turn.

Table mat

They got an award for their Hong Kong branches.


The place is packed :D

Iced Honey Lemon
I liked this drink.  It doesn't taste like the candy.  
It's light & refreshing, especially during a hot weather.

Crispy Eel
Sweet & crunchy.  Both me & my cousin liked this appetizer.  We just can't get enough of it.

Garlic Prawn

Green Beans

Xiao Long Bao

Red Bean Pancake for Dessert
I'm not a big fan of red bean but my cousin said the one she tasted abroad was really good & she misses this dessert.  The outside is a crispy wrapper with a soft filling of red bean inside.  After I had a taste, I thought it was actually good but my cousin said the one she had before was better.  

My second visit to Crystal Jade was a whole lot better than before.  I think the high expectations made my first experience a lot less enjoyable.  I hope I get another chance to try the other dishes.  Until next time. =D

Remember: Eat Live and Be Happy!

Price Range: P200 - P500

Payment: Accepts both Cash & Credit Card

Free Wifi: Not Available

Parking: Mall parking


Virra Mall
Unit 117-121 G/F Virra Mall
Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan, Metro Manila
Tel: 63 - (02) - 570-6912, 570-6910

Mr Kurosawa : Euro - Japanese Fusion

I usually pass by this restaurant when we're at the Resorts World.  I noticed the place is usually filled with people dining.  The one in Eastwood Mall is also just as popular.  I got to try this restaurant the first time when my cousin recommended it, taking special mention that the Oyster Overload is very good.  This bit of information definitely got my attention.  It was so good that we ordered two plates of it.  We got to try a lot of dishes during that time but then our tummies were growling & I forgot to take any pictures.  I reminded myself the next time I get to visit this restaurant I'll make sure to take some interesting pictures, specially the dishes we ordered.

After my first visit I got to go back and sample their dishes at the Resorts World branch.  This time I'm ready not just with my appetite but also to take yummy photos.  

The menu is BIG & heavy.  
It's a photo album of mouth watering dishes with very unique names & titles.

Table Set

Dancing Eel (California Roll with Eel)

Black Rain (Softshell Crab with Ebiko Wasabi Mayo)

Oyster Overload
A must try for people who are oyster lovers.  The cheese on top is really savory. 

Scallop Teppan

Four Cheese Yamamoto  Pizza
 This is a thin crust pizza with some seaweeds on top.

Tofu Steak

Wagyu Legend
The meat is tender and well seasoned.  
The steak goes well with the side of mashed potatoes & vegetables.  
A good choice, especially for steak lovers. 

Salmon Belly

Scallop Fried Rice

 A real comfort food.
This is a sweet soy based soup with beef, mushroom, soft tofu & vegetables with glass noodles.  I consider their version of sukiyaki as one of the tastiest I've tried with just the right balance of sweetness to the soup.

After having a nice meal, I noticed the ceiling lights are quite unique.  So I took some photos of the ones that caught my eye.

The Samurai

The Monk

The Geisha
There are a lot more interesting dishes we were not able to try.  I think we might visit this restaurant another time.  

Remember: Eat Live and Be Happy!

Price Range: P600 - P1000

Payment: Accepts both Cash & Credit Card

Here's a tip:  If you have a Resorts World Membership Card you can avail some discount.  This only applies at the Resorts World branch.

Free Wifi: Not Available

Parking: Mall parking


Resorts World Manila
2/F Resorts World Manila
Newport Boulevard, Newport City,
Cybertourism Zone
Pasay, Metro Manila
Tel: 63 - (02) - 973-6213

Eastwood Mall
G/F Eastwood Mall Veranda,
E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.,
Bagumbayan, Libis,
Quazeon City, Metro Manila
Tel: 63 - (02) - 901-0825