Sunday, 8 January 2017

Jardin de Jade

Shanghai fine dining

Tea smoked duck

While far from perfect, the general quality of Cantonese cuisine in London has made great improvement in the last few years, especially the dim sum. So when I pay a visit to Hong Kong, I often try to experience other Chinese regional cooking, which are either rare or none exists in London. Jardin de Jade ticks all the right boxes for me, a Michelin starred Shanghai restaurant in Hong Kong, it has a fairly extended menu, focusing on classic cooking using top ingredients.

Braised pork

The house special braised pork was indeed special, the pork cuts like butter with a very lovely melting sweet sensation. Bamboo shoots with tofu was a solid casserole dish with a nice depth of powerful flavor from the gravy, which the tofu absorbed all the lovely flavors. I got nothing but love for the jasmine tea smoked duck, something unusual, but taste-wise was exceptional, the aromatic and floral flavor of the tea blended into the duck magically, while the meat contained a great level of smoky and robust taste, it was like a single malt whisky in meat form, but without the alcohol!

Bamboo shoots with tofu
Overall, I really enjoyed my dinner at Jardin de Jade, I would love to return as I only managed to try only 3 dishes, and 3 dishes proven to be well worth the money. Unlike most other Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, Jardin de Jade is fairly small which could mean a good thing with a better control of ingredient buying. Service-wise it was pretty solid as far as high end Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong. Simply put, this place offers good high quality Shanghai cooking at an affordable price, well worth a visit.

Food 3.5/5

What I paid: 

£18 per head

Average cost without drinks and services:


Shop G3–4, G/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

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