It has been about a year since the sale of the Crystal Jade restaurants by the founders to the LVMH group. Has there been any change to the restaurants since then? We had a Peking duck dinner at Crystal Jade Golden Palace, Paragon recently.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace, Paragon is one of our favourite restaurants because of its great location in the heart of Orchard Road, its beautiful decor and attentive service. I am happy to report that all these remain the same. The HR folks at Crystal Jade seem to be able to train their staff so well that the level of service is at a level seldom seen in Chinese restaurants in Singapore. It is so nice to have timely changes of plates and to have the tea, wine, water topped up automatically and with a smile. Our main event at dinner was the Peking duck ($78) which was served to us in three ways.
The skin part of the duck is served with cucumber, spring onion and sweet sauce tucked inside the usual blanket of thin pancake .
The prime part of the duck – the drumsticks were served with the meat on. This was a good idea as the drumsticks were too good to not eat the meat with the skin. The remaining meat part of the duck can be prepared in other ways for an extra $10. We asked for it to be cooked with yee fu noodles. Unfortunately I have no photos for you as we really over-ordered that day and had to doggy bag it.
The Peking duck was delicious – succulent meat and crispy skin. It was good that some parts were served with the meat on and not just the skin. By the way, the Peking duck is served with all the meat intact at the Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck restaurant (also at Paragon).
We also tried their sauted beef fillet with mushrooms ($30). This was not bad but at the same time not remarkable. It does go well with the bottle of red wine that we had brought along.
To introduce some vegetable into our diet, we also had an order of fried French beans with minced pork ($26). This was a good dish as the minced pork gravy was very tasty and beans were just nicely cooked and crunchy.
All in all we were happy with the meal and to see that LVMH has kept things the same, including the no corkage policy. Our wine of the evening was a 2006 Chateau Lagrange. I am not sure if prices had been adjusted upwards by a bit, it seems to be the case but since I have not kept records, I can’t tell for sure. The good thing is that they did have some credit card discounts which they did not used to have. So my DBS card got us a 10% discount. Total bill for our Peking duck dinner at Crystal Jade Golden Palace at Paragon for three pax was about $165 – including service charge, GST and the usual overheads (tea, towels, pickles) and less the DBS discount.
Not cheap but considering a simple ramen dinner can cost about $25 per person, we will prefer our Peking duck at Golden Palace anytime!
Overall Rating: 5 TOPs
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
290 Orchard Road Singapore
Paragon S.C. #05-22
Tel: +65 6734 6866
Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:00pm & 6:00pm-11:00pm
Sat 11:00am-3:00pm & 6:00pm-11:00pm
Sun & PH 10:30am-3:00pm & 6:00pm-11:00pm
Nearby Stations : Somerset, Orchard