Jardin de Jade, G/F, G3, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Nearest Train:Wan Chai
Opening Hours:daily 7-11pm, 2-7am
Open Since:June, 2010
Reviewed In:August, 2010
Appearances can be deceiving. On first impression, Jardin de Jade, with its hard, business-glam decor gives the impression of being yet another overpriced Shanghainese restaurant where tycoons glad-hand each other while feasting on various endangered species. But once you sit down and order, you’ll find it highly authentic and surprisingly reasonable, with excellent staff that are polite, friendly, knowledgeable and fluent in English. We couldn’t resist the xiaolongbaos, the house specialty. And special they were. Thin-skinned, plump with broth yet not nauseously fatty, we could have wolfed down a steamer each. The jumbo prawns, huge and delicious, came doused in chili garlic sauce. It was $88 for just two, but for their size, there were well worth it. We’ll confess right now that the tea-smoked crispy duck and the sweet soy marinated blue fish weren’t quite our cup of tea, but that’s our fault for not appreciating the more robust flavors of Shanghai. Full marks for authenticity and preparation skill for both. The fish was almost black having absorbed all the sauce—a little rich and sweet, but deliciously crisped. A special mention goes to their pu’er tea, which cut the grease without tasting muddy. A sure sign of a good Chinese restaurant.