-By Marryam H Reshii
Authentic food in elegant surroundings in the heart of South Delhi at moderate prices.
Quite the most attractive Chinese restaurant in the NCR, Jade resembles a living room in the home of a Beijing aristocrat more than just another eatery. A chef from Beijing keeps the menu fresh and authentic.
Atmospherics: Spot lighting highlights the bric a brac in golden niches all over the tiny restaurant. Make no mistake: this is the tiniest Chinese restaurant of any significance anywhere in the city, but the hotel takes it seriously enough to have a chef from Beijing in charge of operations. The downside is that you have to speak very softly indeed to avoid being overhead by the neighbouring table!
Table Talk: It takes a particular talent to come up with a menu that pleases both sides of the authenticity divide, and Chef Lin Lin Yang has done just that. You could order Chong Ching Chicken (Rs 745) and get a fairly spicy dry preparation of chicken chunks tossed in oil which has been used to fry all the chopped chillies on your plate, along with sesame seeds, Sichuan pepper and onion juliennes. It is nowhere as incendiary as the original from the city of Chong Ching near Sichuan, but if it had been, we desis would not have been able to tolerate the spice level. The preparation is elevated to an art form by the judicious addition of Sichuan peppers whose floral notes form a pleasant, barely-there undertone.
Dry chilli and cumin lamb (Rs 745) makes use of ingredients that are familiar to us in India. It almost seems like an Indian invention, but it's not! It works because the lamb has been sliced finely against the grain, perhaps by the chef himself, rather than an understudy. In Chinese cuisine, these details count for a lot. Sliced tenderloin with pak choy (Rs 895) was a great choice for main course. The meat was juicy with a small amount of pak choy chopped into pieces and a whisper of celery. Chicken in Xiang La sauce (Rs 895) was wok-cooked in an interesting sauce with a hint of sourness, like much of Hunanese cooking.
Plus and minus: Whenever I have visited Jade, I've always ordered from the unique section called 'Home Style' and have had a great meal. However, Diced fried eggplant in Yu Xiang Sauce (Rs 745) turned out to have overcooked aubergine in a thick, gluey sauce with an unpleasantness sweetness.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
it feels like a very small place to serve such tasty food. The menu here is exclusively Chinese. the dingy, cozy decor adds to the taste! try the chicken and cumin lamb here it tastes too good to be true.
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