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Saturday, September 25, 2010

We found Crystal when we're not looking...

Last Wednesday, I asked The Hubby to drive me to Wack Wack Twin Towers en route to home from work. As form of appreciation, I told him we can have dinner in a resto of his choice.

Our wheels brought us to Greenhills which was good because we haven’t tried all the dining places there. We walked through all the restaurants in Promenade, browsed through their menu but found nothing interesting (like steamed tiger balls or sizzling monkey brain, hehe).

We walked further ‘til we reached the Cinema area where we noticed groups of people waiting outside an establishment. Curiosity got the better of us so we walked towards the 'commotion' and realized they were waiting to dine at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao. (Whew! What a long name for a restaurant!)

Their menu was displayed by the entrance - huge and complete with yummylicious pictures of food. Beside the menu board was a huge window where diners and passers-by with no intent of eating will be hypnotized by the chefs' seemingly orchestrated flow of hands, ingredients, wok and fire.

Singaporean chefs doing their 'magic'

It was 830pm when we got there and even if it seemed impossible we’d be awarded a table before it closes, I took my chances.

Me : Miss, table for 2

Receptionist: Ma'am are you willing to wait for 1 hour to 1 and a half hours?

Me: Okay, we'll try to wait. Is the food worth the wait?

Receptionist: Try ordering everything since you waited for a long time (stupid answer, calling the management of Crystal Jade, your girl needs a script).

She handed me a paper written with "132". One hundred thirty one other couples were waiting ahead of us! Groups of 4, 6 and 8 have separate numbers too.

Anyway, the receptionist's queing time forecast was correct. We got a table at 10pm just in time before I lost my patience and start pulling other people's hair.

Thankfully our orders were served right away and amidst the chaos and noise inside the resto, we really enjoyed the food. I am no food critique blogger so pardon my dodgy photos as they were iphone pics. Also, I could not describe each item we ordered but the verdict was they were all good, especially the dumplings. Super yummy!


Spicy Cold Chicken


Pork Dumpling in Hot Chilli Sauce (6pcs, I ate one already before I took a photo)

Tips for those planning to try Crystal Jade: Arrive early (or bring something to keep you busy) and be prepared to shell out at least Php600 per head. Dont worry, it's worth the price and the wait.

Crystal Jade Greenhills is the first franchise in the Philippines of the same restaurant chain in Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta. They opened last September 13.

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