Bonifacio Global City has recently become one of the city's best foodie hubs.
The past year has seen the blossoming of many new restaurants particularly along Bonifacio High Street Central. BHS Central boasts of an impressive lineup of restaurants that caters to anyone and everyone – from students and yuppies looking for the best pizza to families eager for a hearty meal.
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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
One of the latest additions to the BHS Central foodie selection is Crystal Jade Dining IN, a fine dining Chinese restaurant originating from Singapore and serving authentic Cantonese cuisine.
The name “Crystal Jade” might ring a bell because Crystal Jade Dining IN is another dining concept of the company who brought Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao to Greenhills. This Greenhills outlet serves mouthwatering xiao long bao dimsum.
Singapore’s Crystal Jade Dining IN was also chosen by the Miele Guide as one of Asia’s top 500 restaurants. The BHS Central branch has been open just a few weeks, but it has already created quite a following with local gastronomes.
During our visit alone one recent Tuesday evening, there was a waiting queue of diners eager to try Crystal Jade.
The Crystal Jade Dining IN menu has stuck to its original Singaporean menu, so basically you're eating dishes just like what you'd find in Crystal Jade in Singapore.
WE PICKED SOME WINNERS
Everyone in the TRAVELIFE Magazine team had their favorites.
We all loved the double boiled crab claw soup, with its savory broth served in a whole coconut shell. It was such a treat to have soup this way, quite rustic and unusual amidst Crystal Jade’s elegant surroundings.
We all scraped off the bits of the young coconut to add a hint of sweetness to the soup.
Another top pick was the sauteed prawn and scallops with chicken and assorted mushrooms served in a carved pumpkin.
The chef most definitely did not scrimp on the quality of the seafood; everything was big, fresh, and succulent, and we made sure to scoop up chunks of the pumpkin to go with the rest of the dish.
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HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS
We also had the steamed chicken with dried mushroom, cordycep flower and Chinese sausage.
Cordycep flower is said to have medicinal effects. It reportedly improves the kidney, brain, lung, and liver functions, while reducing blood sugar, blood pressure and hypertension. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflamatory, and anti-cancer benefits.
Now that’s what you’d call a really healthy dish.
A NECESSARY COMPONENT
Of course, a Chinese feast isn’t be complete without fried rice.
Crystal Jade Dining IN’s version, however, is a unique and perhaps healthier take on the traditional fried rice.
White and brown rice grains are mixed together with corn, mushroom bits, pine nuts and vegetables, and then served in a hot stone bowl.
The dish isn’t heavily oiled, and the texture is appealing.
It went well with the other dishes served such as the sauteed beef with basil leaf and spicy sauce. But the piece de resistance was the crispy duck sandwich, which was basically a delectable layer of perfectly roasted duck skin and meat, balanced off with cucumber, tomato and bean curd skin.
A duck fruit salad accompanied this sinfully indulgent dish.
We finished off our meal with chilled avocado pudding, glutinous rice dumpling with taro, and cups of tea.
Sated and full, we happily called it another nice night in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
Crystal Jade Dining IN
Open daily from 11 AM until 11 PM
Bonifacio High Street Central
30th Street corner 7th Avenue
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