Coming from a family who thoroughly enjoys the Chinese cuisine and particularly, Dim sum; I had first tried to make reservations a week prior to our intended brunch affair at Jade restaurant. To my amazement, the waitress had informed me then, that the restaurant was fully reserved for the weekend. As we had eventually decided to call a few of our relatives along, it took us a few months (I had made reservations two to three weeks in advance) to finally patronize Jade Restaurant’s Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Buffet.
For the Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Buffet, the menu features an exhaustive variety of the all-time classic Dim Sum items, popular Chinese creations, a selection of staple food such as rice, noodles and congee.
All of us had taken a strong pleasure in being situated right next to the glass windows. As it was around noon, the brilliant sun rays shone onto our seats and table, causing our brunch session to be bathed in a warm orange glow of the Sun. The tall ceilings compounded the air of grandeur and magnificence, already created by the careful use of exquisite furniture, towering plants and a few other charming Chinese antiques.
Pan-fried Minced Pork and Chives “Guo Tie Dumpling”
One of the signature dishes from Jade Restaurant, the exquisite creation had definitely left a strong impression on all of us, both visually and gastronomically. The Guo Tie dumplings were more than adequately stuffed with fillings consisting of pork meat and chives, which were rather chewy and slightly juicy. The dumplings were well pan-fried and the skin was neither too thin nor thick. A very delish creation that is definitely worth the order.
Steamed Crystal Shrimp Dumpling
A classic Dimsum item, fresh and succulent prawns were encased in a thin and fine flour skin though I would opine that a little too much skin might have been used in this creation.
Steamed Squid and Coriander Dumpling
One of my favorite dishes of the day, I had thoroughly enjoyed the subtle sweetness brought about by the relish of the squid ink. The skin was slightly thicker in this dumpling, concealing a very flavorful stuffing encased within. This is definitely another signature dish that has proven its recognition.
Steamed Char Siew Pau
My only complaint about this Dimsum item would be that the serving of the Char Siew filling was a little petite as compared to the fluffy Pau itself. Nonetheless, I had particularly taken pleasure in the honey-sweet stuffing, filled with tender chunks of Char Siew. The Char Siew Pau heightened our expectations for more of their similar dishes.
Steamed Abalone Siew Mai
Steamed to the right doneness and adequately stuffed with pork meat, the Siew Mai was delightful to the bite. The tiny and thin slice of abalone was chewy enough to accompany well with the main highlight of the creation.
Poached Shrimp Wanton with Chilli Vinegar Dressing
Rather generously stuffed with shrimps, the Chilli Vinegar dressing did decent enough to add a more interesting element (to the tastebuds) for the dish.
Baked Barbecue Pork Pie
Served piping hot, I would opine that the Baked Barbecue Pork Pies be left to cool for a while since the warmth did overwhelm part of the sweetness of the Char Siew hidden within. I did not exactly fancy the dish as I felt that it was a little too greasy and the pie could have been better baked, the Char Siew was still as delish though.
Deep-fried Golden Cheese Dumpling
It was indeed a gratifying experience to sink one’s teeth into the crispy exterior of the Deep-fried Dumpling and then to finally savor over the melted cheese hidden within. I would have wished for the relish of the melted cheese to be a little more significant.
Deep-fried Taro Paste Wrapped with Truffle and Mushroom
Though I could not really distinguish the Truffles as mentioned in the name of the creation itself, I liked the Taro Paste as it was not too rich and that there were bits of mushroom within which added a form of different texture. Then, I felt that the gastronomical pleasure was definitely heightened by the crispy exterior of the creation.
Steamed Custard Bun
My favorite Dim Sum item did fail me this time, I did not exactly enjoy the texture of the custard filling within the bun since it could have been a tad more luscious. Flavor-wise, it was sweet but I thought that it could have been more rich.
Steamed Xiao Long Pau with Foie Gras
My brother’s favorite creation, I would opine that Jade Restaurant did excecute their Steamed Xiao Long Pau considerably well. The skin was delicate, encasing a tiny portion of pork meat, immersed in savory and flavorful soup and there was this subtle sweetness, which I believe, might have been enhanced by the infusion of Foie Gras within.
Steamed Chicken Feet with Oyster Sauce
Many of us found the Steamed Chicken Feet with Oyster Sauce to be rather satisfying and I would personally feel that the tang of spiciness and the greasiness did cause the creation to be decent.
Pan-Fried Shrimp Bean Curd Roll
I could hardly distinguish the stuffing (shrimp) within the Pan-Fried Shrimp Bean Curd Roll and it was a little too greasy for me to enjoy the other supposed elements of the dish.
Deep-fried Prawns Coated with Wasabi Mayo
Definitely one of the better Deep-fried Wasabi Prawns I have had, the succulent prawns were fried till a considerable coating of crisp on their exterior, while hiding a chunky serving of prawn beneath. The Wasabi Mayo was pungent enough to provide for the perfect final touch to the creation.
Steamed Chicken Wings Stuffed with Chinese Ham and Mushrooms
The Chinese Ham did accompany the tiny Chicken Wings well but I felt that the sauce was quite starchy and it did overwhelm the original flavors of the supposed highlights of the dish.
Braised Pork Knuckle with Red Vinasse
My Mom was raving about the Braised Pork Knuckle with Red Vinasse from Jade Restaurant though I did not particularly fancy the creation. I would opine that the Red Vinasse could be more significant in taste. On the other hand, I did like chunky servings of the Braised Pork Knuckle.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
The distinct sweetness and the sour tang complemented well together, giving rise to a full-flavored and pungent sauce to accompany the tender chicken servings.
Stir-Fried Prawn with Celery
A rather simple and appetizing dish, I would have preferred the chopped celery bits to be slightly more crunchy. Other than that, I don’t think the fresh and succulent prawns could ever go awry with the celery.
Fried Eggplant and Bean Curd in Spice Sauce
Generally for me, I do not like the taste of Eggplants of Brinjals. However, I must say that the relish of the Fried Eggplants in this dish was not really too strong for my liking since the spice sauce had overwhelemed its relish. I must say that the Spice Sauce was indeed finely excecuted.
Honey Glazed Barbecue Pork
Our attention was immediately drawn to the Honey Glazed Barbecue Pork when it was served onto our table as the entire huge serving of the Char Siew, along with its dark red hue caused the dish to appear appealing and mouthwatering. The creation was very well excecuted as together with the slight crisp on the exterior, the honey-sweet relish was definitely as gratifying to the gastronomical pleasre as the tender pork meat itself.
Roasted Pork Belly with Five Spice and Sea Salt
Personally, I believe that the appeal of this dish would lie more in the crispy skin of the Roasted Pork Belly and Jade Restaurant’s version did not fail us. There was a slight tinge of saltiness which made the dish a little more satisfying.
Sauteed Pork Ribs in Coffee Flavor
The Sauteed Pork Ribs were fried to the right doneness and the sizeable servings were really chewy with a considerable amount of fats hidden within. What that was more intriguing was the lingering strong coffee relish of the Sauteed Pork Ribs that had certainly made a strong impact on one’s tastebuds.
Crispy Honey Vinaigrette Sliced Sea Bass
Definitely one of the most memorable dishes of our brunch, the creation was well executed as one could really feel the crisp against one’s teeth just by a mere bite off a slice of the sea bass. Apart from the texture, the coat of honey on the slices made the dish really appetizing and delicious.
Wok-Fried Egg Noodle with Shredded Chicken in Superior Soy Sauce
Not really as greasy as compared to many of the Fried noodles served in many of the Chinese restaurants out there, the texture of the noodles was quite smooth but I would opine that the name of the creation might have raised our expectations a little too high since we would have expected more excitement in the flavors of the dish. Then again, as this was one of the last few dishes served, our judgement in taste could have been impaired to a certain extent since it was quite a heavy dish.
It is noteworthy to mention that the dishes arrived really quickly. However, I do believe that the waitresses might be a little overworked since they were kept really busy, serving from table to table and we were indeed neglected at times. On the other hand, the waiters and waitresses were well-informed on their dishes and we were rather glad to have their recommendations since there were many to choose from. Then again, I was slightly annoyed when one or two waitresses reminded us on a few occasions that we were required to leave our seats since the diners for the second seating for the Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Buffet would be arriving shortly.
I queried on my parents’ opinion of this restaurant and they have said that it is probably one of the better venues for Dim Sum in our local scene. With a few misses, I would opine that my brunch session at Jade Restaurant was made memorable by the venue’s splendid ambience and the other few well-excecuted creations from the extensive menu. For the price, I would opine that it was worth the visit and I believe that it should be the affordable price of this Weekend Dim Sum Brunch buffet offered by the restaurant, which has caused the dining venue to be so widely popular.
1 Fullerton Square
Ground Floor, Fullerton Hotel
Contact Number: 6877 8188
Daily, 11.30am till 3.00pm and 6.30pm till 11.00pm
Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Buffet,
11.30am till 1.15pm and 1.45pm till 3.30pm ($33.00++ per person)