Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Average: 4 (1 vote)

What’s fab about this place is that for such reasonable prices, you can choose from a mind boggling variety of specialties like la mian; Shanghainese dishes; and dim sum. You’d be insane not to try the authentic “Lanzhou” handmade noodles and, of course, the famous xiao long bao. For late meals, try the Holland Village branch (241/241A Holland Ave., 6463-0962). Also at #03-18 Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2, 6790-2212; #B1-028 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Blvd., 6337-6678; #03-30 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, 6738-5595; #01-07, 470 Toa Payoh Lor. 6, 6397-2383; #B1-04A Bugis Junction, 80 Middle Rd., 6339-6902.

The way we see it, Crystal Jade will be around for as long as they are hungry people. The reason is simple—the food is hearty, good, fuss-free and reasonably-priced. And we know how much Singaporeans love good deals. As such, we found the restaurant swarming with patrons during lunch on a weekend. We patiently took a queue number and waited. We were seated in about 20 minutes in a comfy booth seat in the sleek, modern interior.

The la mian in spicy and sour soup was potent stuff, and the la mian Szechuan style—noodles swimming in peanutty, robust gravy, was delicious too (but a bit heavy-going). The la mian with minced meat and black fungus was good and so was the pan fried mushroom pastry. The staff were reasonably helpful, buzzing around like bees reassuringly. Although the food is not jawdroppingly good, Crystal Jade more than delivers a decent Chinese meal.

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Venue Details
Address: Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, #04-27 Takashimaya S.C, 391 Orchard Rd., Singapore, 238872 Singapore
Phone: 6238-1661
Area: Orchard
Cuisine: Shanghainese
Price Range: $
Open since: December, 2003
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-10pm
Parking available: at Ngee Ann City, Takeaway available
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