A taste of Taipan-worthy cuisine

In Photo: Xiao Long Bao and Sweet and Sour Live Garupa.

gianna g. maniegoEVER wonder where taipans have their weekend brunch? Hang out at Crystal Jade Dining In restaurant and maybe you’ll find some answers.

The Singapore-based restaurant, located at Bonifacio Global City, is popular for serving sumptuous, taipan-worthy Chinese and Singaporean fare. Dishes such as the Lanzhou La Mian, Hong Kong dim sum, Cantonese barbecued meats and noodles are known to draw in customers like Lucio Tan and his family, as well as  the Cojuangcos and the Sys, among other prominent families.

“We do get a lot of personalities, especially during weekends and holidays, like Christmas or Chinese New Year. A lot of them come here for special celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries, as well,” says Mary Kris Dy, marketing manager of the restaurant. A lot of these customers are carryovers from their first branch in Greenhills, which became popular for introducing the xiao long bao to local palates. That branch has since closed in favor of the BGC branch.

Crispy Fried Chicken Hong Kong-Style and Custard Buns.
Crispy Fried Chicken Hong Kong-Style and Custard Buns.

“We wanted to go for a fine-dining ambiance, and the Greenhills branch was more of a casual-dining restaurant,” Dy explains. “Not to worry, though: We still serve xiao long bao, la mian and other Greenhills favorites here in BGC.” Fine dining is par for the course, as the restaurant is under the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton group. Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts Holding itself is a household name in Asia, well-known for its specialty dining concepts.

PRESTIGIOUS NOD

AS a matter of fact, the group is celebrating its first-ever Michelin star, a distinction given only to select establishments that deliver outstanding service to its clientele. The award was given to the Crystal Jade Golden Palace in Singapore.

Michelin Guide inspectors took note of the restaurant’s Cantonese barbecue meats, seafood dishes and contemporary offerings, like the Roasted Peking Duck (which is on the menu of its BGC branch, as well). The inspectors also cited the restaurant’s wine cellar’s international selection (as expected of a company under Moet Hennessy).

The good thing about this for Filipino diners is that one can expect the same fare and standard of quality at the Crystal Jade Dining In in BGC as its Michelin Star-awarded branch in Singapore, and in any of its other outlets. There are over 100 outlets in 22 cities in the Asia Pacific and the US.

BGC diners can expect to enjoy dishes like Roasted Baby Suckling Pig Rolled with Black Truffle Rice, Foie Gras with Japanese Sake and Pan-Fried Scallop, and the best-selling Sweet and Sour Live Garupa, as well as special menus during Chinese holidays, like the Autumn Festival and the Chinese New Year.

PEACEFUL AMBIANCE

WHILE much of the attraction is undoubtedly the cuisine, Crystal Jade Dining In is also favored for its discreet, personalized service and peaceful ambiance that invite quiet conversations, as well as cozy family gatherings.

“We have booths and private nooks, for customers who prefer privacy [like celebrities who do not want to draw attention]. We also have a VIP room that holds from 50 to 60 people, for those who want to hold private functions,” Dy says. “It’s also suitable for small conventions or business meeting.”

Families who like the restaurant’s dim-sum selection can have their fill during its weekend buffets (offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at breakfast, from 8:30 to 10:30, and in the afternoons, from 2 to 5 pm). “We get a lot of the morning joggers.”

The restaurant is open on weekdays, from 11 am to 11 pm; and on weekends, from 8:30 to 11 pm.

 

  • Crystal Jade Dining In is on 7th Avenue corner 29th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information, visit www.crystaljade.com.ph.

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