If you live and work out there in the far Western end of Singapore and craved some good Chinese food and dim sum, where would you go?
New modern Cantonese restaurant Jade Garden at Chevrons Club might just save you a trip downtown. Yes, "Jade Garden" may sound like yet another run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurant, but it's a little bit unusual. There's no pork and no lard here! But the dishes are nicely done that we didn't miss them at all.
Take for example, the Siew Mai ($4.20 for 4 pieces). I have never tasted chicken-based siew mai that's actually palatable before, until now. This is really not bad.
The Deep-Fried Yam Stuffed with Minced Chicken ($3.80 for 3 pieces) is also tasty. The batter is so crisp and light too.
Chef Special Combination Platter ($12/pax) is one of those dishes where you see modern or Western-style plating that's increasingly popular. From top to bottom: wasabi prawn, chilled crab salad (very nice), and drunken chicken (tastes a bit like kampung chicken).
Braised Shark's Fin with Crabmeat & Dried Scallop in Pumpkin Soup [$18/pax; $45 (small), $68 (medium), $90 (large)]. Instead of starchy broth, the shark's fin is served in a light pumpkin soup. I'd be quite happy to eat it sans shark fin, as the crabmeat and dried scallop already flavour the soup well. You can ask the chef to omit the shark fin if you prefer.
Braised Sliced Abalone, Dried Scallop and Vegetables in Tan Jia Sauce ($18/pax). I've never understood the appeal of abalone, so maybe I can't quite judge what's good. Nice sauce maybe.
Cod Fish Baked with Miso and Sauteed Edamame ($14/pax). I always love cod, and this was pleasantly done. Tender and buttery soft flesh seasoned with just enough miso.
Fresh Crab Claw with Japanese Somen ($12/pax). This was like so comforting, like a dish that takes you back to childhood. The steamed egg white and somen were flavoured by a lovely broth that I wish I could replicate at home.
Combination Dessert Platter ($12) comprising freshly cut fruit on ice, with shot glasses of Mango Pudding, Cold Lemongrass Jelly with Sherbet and Pumpkin Sago with Vanilla Ice Cream. I liked it all.
Jade Garden is opened by a brother-sister team who each have more than 20 years in the F&B industry. Christopher Eng heads the kitchen, while Jenny Eng manages the resturant's operations. They picked the location because they felt the West was missing some good Chinese dining options. Jade Garden certainly will fill the need for families living in the West, as well as business hubs in Jurong and Jurong island.
Set lunches are available from $38++/pax for 6 courses. An Executive Set Lunch for 4 pax is available at $88++ for 6 courses.
48 Boon Lay Way
Tel: + 65 6862-4931
Open daily 11am-3pm (last order at 2.30pm); 6pm-11pm (last order at 10.30pm)
Thanks to FoodNews for the invitation, and Jade Garden for the tasting session.