Crystal Jade Dining IN: Chef''s November Specials at BHS Central

Ahhh... Chinese cuisine. The choice (no choice) by default whenever my family goes out to eat. And while you can call me a Chinese food snob on regular days, I have to admit that I have a big, soft spot for great Chinese food. Yup, emphasis on great.
Crystal Jade Dining IN

Fortunately, my visits to Chinese restaurants for the past two years have always left me grinning from ear to ear. This somehow put an indefinite hiatus to my Chinese food-taste fatigue syndrome. In fact, just recently, I found another addition to my collection of "great Chinese restaurant experiences" -- it's my visit to Crystal Jade Dining IN at Bonifacio High Street Central, to try their Chef's Special Recommendation for the month.

Crystal Jade Dining IN BGC

A brother of Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight in Greenhills, the Crystal Jade Dining IN in The Fort is its higher end sibling which focuses more on Cantonese fare rather than Shanghai or Taiwanese (home of xiao long bao). Unlike its Greenhills counterpart which interior looks more modern, the Crystal Jade here feels more like a family-style Chinese restaurant. More festive and more familiar. Perfect for bigger gatherings. And just a glance at its high ceilings will tell you that Crystal Jade Dining IN means business.

So, Crystal Jade Dining IN offers good food. You probably already heard of that. But today, let me share with you what its chef highly recommends this month of November.

Chef's Special Recommendation

With the Filipinos' and Chinoys' love for merriment and good food, I bet that this month of November, the holiday gatherings and feasts would've already begun. And in case you haven't decided yet on where to bring your family and friends for a reunion, do consider Crystal Jade Dining IN and its 3 set menus perfect for groups of 4, 6 and 10.

Crystal Jade Dining IN Chef's Special Recommendations (P5,288, P10,800, P12,888)
Set A for 4 (P5,288+) | Set B for 6 (P10,800+) | Set C for 10 (P12,888+)
Click the photo to enlarge menu.
During my visit, I didn't get to try a particular set, but a combination of all 3. I can't say that those I've had are the ultimate highlight per set menu. But from what I've tried, I can guess that any set you choose will most likely make you a happy diner. (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

Double Boiled Cabbage Soup with Bamboo Pith and Fresh Mushroom
✓ Double Boiled Cabbage Soup with Bamboo Pith and Fresh Mushroom
For starters, I got a taste of the Double Boiled Cabbage Soup with Bamboo Pith and Fresh Mushroom. It's a mouthful to say (try saying it in one go), but it's sure a soup I'd want to have again and again. Very light yet has an enjoyable delicate flavor which I didn't initially associate with cabbage. But apart from the refreshing broth, what really had me hooked was the soft yet firm-to-the-bite bamboo pith and fresh shimeji mushrooms.

Peking Duck Pancakes
Peking Duck Pancakes
Another appetizer we had was this platter of Peking Duck Pancakes which is essentially the 1st way of duck preparation. If you've already tried Peking duck pancakes before, then you'd know how good these babies are. Crispy duck skin with a thin layer of fat, slices of cucumbers, shallots and some Hoisin sauce are all encased in a delicate flour wrapper. No need to dip these bad boys too. Just pop them directly and enjoy a burst of savory flavors nicely balanced by the fresh fillings. It was so good I think I had 8 pieces!

Fried Crispy Chicken Skin with Goose Liver and Mango Sauce
Fried Crispy Chicken Skin with Goose Liver and Mango Sauce
Following the duck was the Fried Crispy Chicken Skin with Goose Liver and Mango Sauce on cute lettuce cups. Upon my first (and even second and third) look, I thought the chicken skin was of the duck's, and roasted at that. But while my sense of sight was fooling me, I can assure that eating a piece will successfully whet the palate. There's an interesting combination of tastes and textures -- savory, sweet, tangy, soft and crispy.

Sauteed Prawns with Wasabi Salad Sauce
Sautéed Prawns with Wasabi Salad Sauce
Fret not non-wasabi fans! The Sautéed Prawns with Wasabi Salad Sauce may sound scary. But give it a taste, and you might just learn to love wasabi afterwards. Oftentimes, restaurants that decide to infuse a safe choice of food with wasabi end up making the whole dish all about the wasabi. But with Crystal Jade Dining IN's, the prawns still remained the star. They were tender, succulent and cooked to the perfect doneness that gives a really enjoyable bite. And the wasabi sauce, it's not overpowering in anyway. Actually, it's pretty subtle and I somehow wanted more. Haha! (Crazy wasabi fan here!)

Sauteed Shredded Duck Meat with Beansprouts
✓ Sautéed Shredded Duck Meat with Beansprouts
The Peking duck returns, now in the form of Sautéed Shredded Duck Meat with Beansprouts. Although I'm used to seeing the rest of the duck minced or turned into soup, this is the first time I've had it shredded and sautéed. And with beansprouts at that, something I wouldn't have thought of ordering. However, for some reason, this beats all the other ways I've enjoyed my duck. I actually wanted to give a to the duck pancakes, but I just can't as I really enjoyed this so much more. Just top some on plain rice, and this will be a treat. Kudos to the chef for keeping it simple yet making it so good! d=(´▽`)=b

Steamed Live Garoupa Roll with Chinese Sausage in Two Kinds of Sauce
Steamed Live Garoupa Roll with Chinese Sausage in Two Kinds of Sauce
To deviate from the usual steamed fish in Chinese restaurants, Crystal Jade offers the favorite lapu-lapu in an unusual, but very enticing (especially to kids) preparation -- Steamed Live Garoupa Roll with Chinese Sausage. Unlike the plain steamed lapu-lapu, this dish is really savory and actually pretty heavy taste-wise. I think this is good as an appetite whetter, or a bait for kids (and kids at heart) to eat fish. Teehee!

Fried Assorted Grain Rice in Hot Stone Bowl
Fried Assorted Grain Rice in Hot Stone Bowl
For carbs, we had the Fried Assorted Grain Rice in Hot Stone Bowl. Just like what its name says, this rice dish has different kinds of rice -- white, brown (?), red. It even has corn kernels that make every spoonful even more enjoyable. (I love my corn!) Though it wasn't extraordinary taste-wise, this rice dish can definitely add more fun on the table.

Chilled Red Wine Jelly
✓ Chilled Red Wine Jelly
For a not-so-typical sweet ending, we had the Chilled Red Wine Jelly. This very interesting dessert is not something I'd expect from a Chinese restaurant. But it was really good! Every mouthful was light, although you can definitely tell that you're having red wine. This might not be advisable for kids (although they might get over the red wine taste since it's jelly anyway), but adults will surely enjoy it! (^ᴗ-)≡★

Braised Pork in Special Sauce
✓ Braised Pork in Special Sauce
Free serving for a minimum spend of P5,000.
Not really part of the set menus, but this Braised Pork in Special Sauce is the bomb! If you ever avail of the sets, you're already guaranteed at least a serving of this melt-in-your-mouth treat. The pork itself is very, very tender and succulent, while the skin and fat melts like butter. (So good!) And don't get me started on the sauce! It has a really good sweet and savory balance that won't have to beg to be finished off. You'll just mindlessly find yourself swiping your cuapao (and asking for extra cuapao) until it's all gone.

Crystal Jade Gift Boxes

The set menus are guaranteed to please. But if you want to take home a piece of Crystal Jade Dining IN, then I suggest taking home one of their gift boxes. If it's good enough to be gifted to others, then it's definitely more satisfying to be gifted to yourself! ;)

Crystal Jade Dining IN Gift Box

Or, if you're not the kind of selfish person that I am, then these gift boxes will make a great gift to your food-loving friends and loved ones. Here's a list of the available items.
  • Roasted Duck or Peking Duck (P2,700)
  • Suckling Pig (P6,500)
  • Crystal Jade Bolo BBQ Bun (P350 for 6 pieces)
  • Crystal Jade Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Bun (P310 for 6 pieces)
  • Baked Mini Egg Tart (P310 for 6 pieces)
  • Baked BBQ Pork Pastry with Sesame (P310 for 6 pieces)
    Roast items are subject to 10% packaging cost.
Crystal Jade Bolo BBQ Bun and Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Bun

I got to take home a box of mixed Crystal Jade Bolo BBQ Bun and Crystal Jade Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Bun, so let me throw in a quick review of them.

Crystal Jade Bolo BBQ Bun
Crystal Jade Bolo BBQ Bun (P350 per box of 6)
My Bolo BBQ Buns got a little mushed during transport (Riding the MRT can get pretty crazy!), so it looked a little flat when I arrived home. Popped it in the microwave for less than a minute, and it came out soft with a sweet-savory asado-like BBQ filling inside. Pretty good, but I think it would've been better if I was able to eat it in the resto.

Crystal Jade Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Bun
✓ Crystal Jade Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Bun (P310 per box of 6)
Compared to the bolo buns, these Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Buns held pretty well during transportation. It's recommended to eat these babies warm, so I microwaved them for a few seconds to let their creamy filling liquify a little. And after heating, what soon followed is foodgasm. It can be quite messy to eat them, but these buns are so, so good! It tastes exactly like what it promises. You'll just have to try them and fall in love!

THE VERDICT

Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight has left me craving when I got to try it. And this time, Crystal Jade Dining IN also didn't fail to satisfy. While prices are definitely on the steeper end, quality is undoubtedly guaranteed. Everything I had that afternoon was nothing short of great, with a few dishes even making it to my exceptional food list. So if you're looking to impress your family, friends, colleagues or even clients, definitely keep Crystal Jade Dining IN in mind. And while your at it, do yourself a favor and take home a box or two, or even three, of the Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Buns! ☆~(ゝ。∂)

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Crystal Jade Dining IN, Bonifacio High Street
Unit SEUG201 Bonifacio High Street Central,
30th St. cor. 7th Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 808 5233

10 comments:

  1. Chinese food is my favorite! I have never tried Crystal Jade here in the Philippines. I have been invited twice already by the manager but I had to say sorry and decline both because of work. :( I'm pretty sure everything they serve is great! Just by looking at the photos and reading your descriptions already make my mouth water. I super like to try the salted egg yolk bun. :(((

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  2. Love Chinese food too especially prawns, noodles, dumplings and pork. Luckily, as I observed, even in Dubai City, there's a Crystal Jade Chinese Restaurant. Best for all occasions!

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  3. Peking duck is one of my favorite Chinese dishes. Their other food offerings are also enticing

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  4. I love Chinese food! I missssss siopao and siomai!

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  5. I am soooo into Crystal Jade!!! Hmmmm come to think of it... I am sooooo getting one oft hose gift boxes for me myself and I and maybe chen hahahahahaha kidding!!!! ^_^ I love their pecking duck pancakes too YUMMY!!!

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  6. I once went to a Chinese restaurant and find the foods expensive but mouth watering. It makes me want to go back to that place. However since we were just riding with a motor (me and my friend) the guards didn't treat us well. Sometimes the rice alone is enough to fill my hunger.

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  7. The sets look good! Creamy salted egg yolk buns, sounds wow already, too!

    xx Gourmet Getaways

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  8. OH gosh! I want to try that Fried Crispy Chicken Skin with Goose Liver and Mango Sauce! I think I'll make my first visit to Crystal Jade and try that

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  9. we already tried their food in one of our nephew's baptism. the one that is located in Mandaluyong. the food are great.

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  10. Truly, great way it is to enjoy food with family. Oh and a Crystal Jade at Bonifacio...hmmmmm!

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