蘇浙滙 Jardin de Jade first opened its doors in Shanghai in 1999 and the Hong Kong branch was launched in 2010. Jardin de Jade Hong Kong in the Sun Hung Kai Centre along Harbour Road in Wan Chai is located right next to a McDonald’s but it is a few notches above your typical chain restaurant. The One Michelin Star restaurant serves Shanghainese fare in an elegant setting and the quality of the food is excellent.
On our recent visit to Hong Kong, we were staying in a hotel in Wan Chai quite near the Hong Kong Convention Centre (HKCC). We were walking around the Sun Hung Kai Centre, which was connected by a series of walkways to HKCC, and decided to look for a place for lunch. We saw a brightly lit stylish McCafe and next to it was a Chinese restaurant. The entrance to the Chinese restaurant did not look very impressive but, flipping through a menu book on a stand at the entrance, we thought the dim sum items looked interesting and decided to have lunch there. Our impression of Jardin de Jade Hong Kong changed dramatically when we walked past the small reception area and turned into the main dining hall. The dark wood panelling, polished marble floors, double-height ceiling, windowed cellar and large art pieces evoke the atmosphere of a fine restaurant on The Bund in the grand old days.
Menu of Jardin de Jade Hong Kong
Dishes on Jardin de Jade’s menu range from familiar favourites like drunken chicken and tea-smoked duck, to less usual specialities such as braised whole sea cucumber and Zhejiang-style preserved pork. Below are photos of a few random pages from the menu of Jardin de Jade Hong Kong.
Lunch at Jardin de Jade
We were at Jardin de Jade Hong Kong for lunch and ordered a noodle soup, 3 dim sum items and 2 dessert items. The total bill, including Chinese tea, came up to HK$349, which we thought was reasonable.
The noodle soup came with a pink plastic ladle, which seemed quite out of place in the nicely decorated restaurant using fine tableware. The ladle aside, the noodle soup with lots of vegetable and mushrooms could not be faulted. It was simple comfort food which was very tasty.
The pan-fried pork bun was interesting. It was basically xiao long boa with doughy boa skin. The bottom of the boa was pan-fried and the top part of the boa skin was soft and fluffy; so we could enjoy two different textures. Inside the boa were a delicious meatball and flavourful broth.
The vegetable puffs looked inviting and were delectable. The crispy flaky skins with sesame seeds were good.
The mango and bean dumplings looked attractive and were nice for the palate too.
The two dessert items were the red dates and coconut cake and glutinous rice balls in rice wine. Have the rice wine dessert only if you like to drink Chinese rice wine. The rice balls were plain and not very enjoyable. The red dates and coconut cake was sort of like the Chinese new year nian gao with a coconut pudding layer in between. A small piece of it would leave you wanting more.
Service was attentive and efficient at Jardin de Jade Hong Kong. The place was nice and the food was on the whole very good. We thought the price was reasonable. We almost went to McCafe instead of this delightful one Michelin star Chinese restaurant in Wan Chai – we were happy that serendipity led us to find things we did not know we were looking for.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Jardin de Jade Hong Kong
GF, Sun Hung Kai Centre
30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Tel: +852 3528 0228
Lunch: 11:30-14:30 | Dinner: 17:30-22:30
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