5 Reasons To Visit The Revamped Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant In Ngee Ann City
Three months seemed like a long time for loyal fans of Crystal Jade Palace when it closed for a massive renovation. But it was truly worth the wait as the restaurant now boasts new experiences as well as a revamped menu, courtesy of resident chef Martin Foo. Here's what to expect the next time you dine there.
1/5 Stylish interiors
“Crystal Jade Palace is very close to our hearts,” says Crystal Jade Group Singapore general manager Cynthia Yee, referring to the flagship restaurant that strengthened the presence of the brand 20 years ago. The outlet’s recent revamp is part of the group’s commitment to elevate culinary experiences, starting with design and interiors. Reminiscent of palatial Chinese buildings, the contemporary space comprises a main dining room, courtyard and tearoom; it is decked with an eye-catching chandelier and swathed in green and gold hues. Completing the look are artworks created by local artist Sam Auditeur.
2/5 Homegrown talent
Likewise, the menu has been given a well‑deserved update, courtesy of group executive chef Martin Foo. A veteran in the industry, he has sharpened his skills at renowned establishments including Lei Garden and TungLok Group. Foo and his talented team have taken charge of steering the culinary direction of Crystal Jade’s group of fine dining and casual restaurants by constantly creating exquisite dishes that delight and inspire.
3/5 Omakase menus
Patrons may also want to try Foo’s omakase menus, namely the discovery six-course or gastronomic eight-course. He gets extra creative with these dishes and may just surprise you with modern offerings anchored in traditional Chinese cooking techniques. Feast on the likes of rich pan‑seared foie gras made more indulgent with roasted black truffle duck, or the savoury braised fish maw and conpoy in tanfu broth studded with Hokkaido sea urchin.
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4/5 Signature dishes on the a la carte menu
Foo is the acclaimed resident chef of the flagship restaurant, a role he relishes since he gets to work in the action-filled kitchen and whip up sumptuous dishes. Redolent in wok hei flavour is the shredded fish maw (pictured), flash‑fried with sweet and slightly spicy shishito peppers (dry-toasted beforehand) and doused with a savoury black bean sauce.
5/5 Tea offerings
It’s a fact: Chinese food is always better with tea. Before or after your meal, head down to the intimate tearoom—a new feature of the revamped space—which offers a handpicked selection of 10 artisanal teas. While there’s no tea sommelier per se, most of the staff have been trained to give expert recommendations. Ask for something light and calming and they may well serve you the Palace Chrysanthemum; for something unique, choose the First Flush Dragon Well, a limited-edition tea renowned for its inviting and tasty aroma, nutty and buttery texture, and sweet, well‑rounded flavour.
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