Crystal Jade Golden Palace 翡翠金閣
Use of top grade and freshness of ingredients, stick to the preparation a Cantonese dish should be, and taste of authentic are appropriate terms to describe the Crystal Jade Golden Palace Restaurant.
The interior of the restaurant is on the contemporary side, smart and elegant. The restaurant was divided by a wine cellar wall into two dining section. One section with 6-12 persons tables attached to a big fish tank with live seafood order-to-cook while the other section with 2-4 persons small tables attached to a stairway to the mezzanine private rooms.
Although we had the Peking duck, the lure of scrumptious roasted food in Crystal Jade tempted us for a portion of Roasted Duck together with a portion of Suckling Pig. Both were roasted follow to strict Hong Kong recipes and came out so crispy in skin as well as so moist in meat, yummy! In Bangkok many eateries claimed themselves are roasted duck specialists but I found out fewer of them do the duck right, they only use the sauce to enhance the taste but fundamentally the duck was not that well prepared.
Dishes to go with jasmine rice we ordered the Stir-fried String Bean in Mild Garlic Sauce, Braised Bean Curd with Seafood in a Clay Pot, Baked Frog Leg Gluten in a Clay Pot, Steamed Minced Pork with Preserved Salty Egg, and Steamed Chicken with Cloud Ears (black fungus).
A feast without a steam fish wasn't a feast, so we took the Steamed Coral Trout in Warm Soy Sauce, the steam fish in Crystal Jade has always lived up to my expectation.
Before our dinner concluded we had the Amaranth with Silver and Golden Eggs to clean our taste buds for the desserts. The 'silver eggs' were preserved salty duck eggs while the 'golden eggs' were actually preserved duck eggs wrapped in mud and ash mixed coating. Amaranth soaked in a broth with fried garlic and cooked silver and golden eggs.
Our desserts, the Mango Pudding and Double Boiled Hashima in Whole Grilled Coconut were never better choices to wrap up our delightful dinner.
Crystal Jade is my most favorite non-hotel Chinese restaurant in Bangkok.
Our Ratings (1 to 5 the higher the better): C J dinner has [4.1]
(Ratings are based on Food, Service and Ambience, with Price taken into account in relation to Quality) Food =4.5, Service=4.5, Ambience=3.5, Money Worth=4
Price range for two without drinks (incl. local water) in Thai Baht = BBBB
(B=below 200, BB=201-500, BBB=501-1,000, BBBB=1,001-2,000, BBBBB=over 2,000)
Details: Open daily Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner: 6-10pm
Crystal Jade Golden Palace, G/F, Siam Paragon Mall, Rama 1 Road, Prathumwan, Bangkok. Tel.:02.129.4343
* (Update 2008-10-03: Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant had been renamed to Crystal Jade Golden Palace Restaurant)