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|Crystal Jade Palace - Beijing Cantonese Dining 翡翠皇宫酒家
Area: Oriental Plaza
Adddress: BB78-BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang'an Jie, Wangfujing, Dongcheng
District, Beijing 东长安街1号东方新天地地铁层BB78-BB82号
Hours: Daily 11pm-2:30pm; 5pm-10pm
Area: Shin Kong Place
Adddress: 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, CBD/Guomao
Hours: Daily 11am-10pm
Area: The Place
Adddress: 404, 4/F, Bldg A, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Ritan
Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
The Beijing outposts of this grand Asian chain serves exquisite dim sum in an elegant setting complete with mirrored walls
The setting is stylish and sophisticated — like a scene from The Matrix. After you enter, fashionably attired young women
lead you past a fountain full of goldfish, through a softly lit, wood-paneled bar and lounge area, down a long, stone corridor
and into the bright, main dining room, decorated with mirrors and crystal chandeliers. There are also quite a few opulent
private rooms for those who prefer a quieter setting and are willing to pay an extra $25.
A proper dim sum lunch is a leisurely experience, and on weekends at Crystal Jade Palace, families lounge over pots of
chrysanthemum-scented tea, dim sum and newspapers from mid-morning to early afternoon.
Join them in ordering up a base of dim sum mainstays. The translucent skins of the shrimp dumplings quickly give way to big
mouthfuls of shrimp, free of water chestnuts and other fillers. Alternatively, go for whole large shrimp wrapped in rice noodle
rolls. Besides traditional pork dumplings with crab roe, you can try the restaurant's version of Shanghai steamed dumplings.
Radish cakes with bits of sausage or stir fried with dried shrimp and hot peppers are smoky and flavorful.
You can also put together a combo plate of the Cantonese barbecued meats that Crystal Jade Palace excels at: Roast pork,
barbecued pork, roast goose and chicken are all crispy and succulent, each with its appropriate dipping sauce. Finish off
with Cantonese noodle favorites including Singapore rice noodles stir fried with plenty of shrimp, cha shao pork, and dry
curry paste. The rice noodles with beef have just the right carbonized flavor from stir-frying in a dry wok.
The restaurant also has an extensive menu of dishes that go far beyond dim sum and are suitable for formal dinners. The
menu offers a variety of whole fish and lobster, spare ribs and Peking duck, just to name a few dishes. A standard dim sum
lunch typically costs $25 per person or less, but can be much more if you go for delicacies such as shark's fin and abalone,
or sample the extensive wine list.