Crystal Jade

Crystal Jade
154 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
03 9639 2633

On rainy Friday evening, P.Mummy came to visit us in Melbourne.  She really wanted to take us to eat crabs, but I was not 100% sure where to eat crabs in Melbourne city so I chose the nearest restaurant, Crystal Jade.

Crystal Jade is a restaurant in the corner of Little Bourke St and Russell St.  It’s not a very big restaurant but it’s packed with people, even a tour group.  We checked out the menu and enquired about the prices of crabs.  For mud crabs it was actually $95/kg!!  Holy shit!  P.Mummy was in Brisbane and the crabs there was about $30/ kg.  Although mud crabs is from the north, surely it shouldn’t be 3X the price!!!!  Yikes!

photo 1 [640x480]Even though P.Mummy really wanted to eat crabs, we finally got to convince her to choose something else.  We chose the Peking Duck for entree $30 for 6 pcs.  The slices of duck were really badly cut.  Normally with Peking Duck you would only eat the skin, but in Australia, they always give you meat as well.  Fair enough, but the meat were cut into such thick and uneven slices that it was incredibly hard to wrap and eat.  The duck skin wasn’t crispy either.  That being said the wrapping was nice and the flavour was nice with the hoisin sauce and crispy cucumber.

photo 2 [640x480]Another entree was steam oysters with ginger and shallots ($26 1/2 dozen).  The oysters were fresh and plump.

photo 3 [640x480]Briased Japanese Bean Curd with dried scallops $28 is a bit too saucy and salty for my liking.  But it really helped with our next two dishes, the E-Fu noodles and Lotus leaf rice.

photo 4 [640x480]Braised E-Fu Noodle with Seafood and Fresh Shimeji Mushroom and Prawn Roe ($32) was next.  I really couldn’t see where the prawn roe was.  HUMPH.  We also felt that it was really really bland.  We had to use the sauce from the Japanese bean curd to mix with the noodles.

photo 5 [640x480]Abalone sauce mixed with rice wrapped in a lotus leaf $32.  It looks so damn cute, but once again, can’t really taste the abalone sauce and the whole flavour is slightly bland.  It smelt great though- the smell of the lotus leaf was fantastic.  Sadly it didn’t taste as good as it smells.

photo 1 (2) [640x480]P.Mummy loves Red Bean soup with dried mandarin peel so she ordered one at Crystal Jade $7.  We all agreed that the soup was overly sweet and didn’t have much dried mandarin flavour.

photo 2 (2) [640x480]Hubby ordered the deep fried durian with icecream $10.  Hubby though it was alright, I tried a little bit and thought that the durian is quite creamy, although the batter is pretty thick and doughy.

photo 3 (2) [640x480]Peanut Crumb Coated Glutinuous Balls $8 were my dessert.  I am really impressed with the glutinuous balls- it was warm, soft and oozing with black sesame paste.  Delish and highly recommended.

Other than being really impressed by the glutinuous balls and oysters, we weren’t very impressed with the other dishes at all.  There are not a lot of great chinese restaurants in Chinatown to be honest, this wasn’t the worst one but still, I would only give it a 6/10.

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