Restaurant: Jade Mansion
Location: No.8 Century Ave, IFC, 4/F, Room L4-13, near YIncheng Zhong Lu / 世纪大道8号国金中心4楼L4-13，近银城中路
Date: August 11, 2018
Rating: Solid slightly modern Chinese
Back by the hotel is Jade Mansion, a medium/high-end chain with several different branch styles.
Including the horse wearing a lamp style.
And the horses galloping on plates.
Anyway, for only the second time on this trip I ordered some wine. NV Torrevilla Oltrepò Pavese La Genisia Cruasé. An inexpensive (by Chinese standards) and decent Italian pink sparkler.
Vegetable spring rolls.
Mushrooms, beansprouts, and tiny little shrimp. Interesting.
Foie gras cups. Like a passing appetizer at a cocktail party.
Shrimp jellies. Totally savory, and actually quite enjoyable for the jello-like texture.
Spongey fungus. The sneaky meat is back, little ham bits or something floating in this vegetable dish.
Salt and pepper shrimp. Shells on.
Boiled chicken with garlic. Like Hainan chicken. Soy dipping sauce. Very nice straight up chicken. Delicate, but with a LOT of garlic.
Sea cucumber and pork belly. Not as good as the cucumber at Shanghai Tang, but still good, with a similar rich Chinese Bordelaise sauce. The pork was incredible too.
Crispy beef with aromatic peppers. As usual, I enjoyed this dish.
Pork belly with fire-exploded kidneys. And cute pig buns! The pork belly and the rich (kidney?) sauce were great. Kidney was good for kidney. Not my favorite meat.
We ordered this cute little fellow. I felt so sad looking at him in the bucket.
Red rock fish. Nice fish, just lots of bones.
Don’t kill me! Too late 🙁
Shanghai style vegetable noodles. Classic soy sauce stir fried noodles. Very nice.
Weird tea/bean sweet soup. Yep, these are never any good.
Overall, Jade Mansion was interesting. They feature a lot of high end ingredients with very contemporary plating and Chinese sensibility. For the most part I maybe prefer slightly more traditional, but this was very tasty and the service was great too.