Jade Palace has been a firm favourite with fans of old-school Cantonese cuisine since 1998, and it is not difficult to see why. Yes, the 150-seater, with six private dining rooms, is almost always packed and, yes, it is usually boisterous, but the food is consistently good and the restaurant runs like clockwork.
Service is polished, efficient and attentive. The staff are adept at making recommendations, enticing you with specials of the day (plenty of swimmingly fresh seafood), and they genuinely enjoy sharing more about the cuisine with you. What’s the best way to enjoy fresh turbot? “Pan-fried with soya sauce and spring onion for fragrance, or steamed if we prefer the natural sweetness,” the manager replies. How are the deep-fried fresh bamboo shoots with salt and pepper? “These are currently in season, crispy, savoury, and very popular.” Sold.
Traditional Cantonese fare, such as roast meats (the crispy-skinned roast duck is textbook), and the famous claypot rice (12 types to choose from) that takes 30 minutes to prepare, are well executed. The dim sum menu, available for lunch, is popular with diners. Classics such as steamed shrimp dumpling with delicate thin skin and plump shrimp, and crispy dough fritters wrapped with smooth rice noodles, are on point. Dining and wining go hand in hand here.
Jade Palace has been dedicated to serving wine with Chinese food for as long as anyone can remember, and many fine food and wine pairing dinners have taken place within these walls. The wine list has over 150 labels from all over the world, and you are also welcome to BYO – there is no corkage charge. And to that we say, cheers!
JADE PALACE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
#B1-13, Forum The Shopping Mall, S(238884)