Dec 10, 2007

Crystal Jade Asian Fine Dining - 翡翠樓

I'm pretty happy that besides 弘城 (China Garden Restaurant),
There's finally another place that sells dim sum in Irvine.
I mean,
How can you stand waiting for at least an hour for mediocre food just because you can't find something similar in the same area?
Every time I drive pass by 弘城 (China Garden Restaurant) during lunch hours,
Not only I see people crowding inside the restaurant,
I also see people sitting on the nearby lawn waiting for their seats.
It's just impossible for me.

Glad we have Crystal Jade now-

User friendly menu-

Menu with lots of pictures is always good,
Especially for people who are not familiar with the food.

Inside the restaurant-

Very spacious, very clean,
(Which is hard to come around sometimes for Chinese restaurants).
Besides this dining area,
They also have a small bar on the side,
When the weather is nice, you even have the choice of sitting at the patio.

Baked Egg Custard Tart 酥皮焗蛋塔-

It's the first time that served to our table,
Was hoping to have savory dishes first,
But well,
I was hungry so I'll just eat everything that comes on my table.
The tart was good but nothing too outstanding.
*Nothing beats the ones from KFC in Taiwan.

Braised Bean Curd Roll 蠔皇鮮竹卷-

Have to love this dish,
The flavors from all sorts of vegetables were sealed inside that bean curd skin,
When you first bite into it,
The juice just flow right out of the skin,
So good.

Fried Shrimp Ball Stuffed with Cheese 芝士百花蝦球-

One fancy-looking dish.
Served with mayonnaise.

Rice Noodle Roll with Shrimp 鮮蝦蒸粉腸-

Probably one of my must-haves at a dim sum place.
I'm in love with the sauce,
It's basically a not-so-salty soy sauce with a hint of sweetness in it.

Shrimp and Chives Gow 鮮蝦韮菜餃-

Surprisingly good,
At first I thought that chives will over-powering the flavor of shrimps,
But it was actually a well-balanced dish.
*I like to eat most of the dim sum with chili sauce. Spicy!

Steamed Lotus Seed Bun 蛋皇蓮容飽-

Always end my dim sum meal with lotus seed bun,
First of all,
I'm always craving for something sweet in the end,
This dessert helps to wash away the left-over taste in your mouth,
And substitute it with fresh and sweet lotus charm.

Overall Rating: 6

Crystal Jade Asian Fine Dining
6511 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 725-3368


  1. Gosh! The best egg custard I ever had were in Macau, it's the local specialty there. I still wake up in the middle of the night dreaming of them! :-)

  2. To Zen Chef~
    It's my time to be so jealous at you now,
    I've never had egg curstard from Macau~
    Arghhh I want it!

  3. I love 鮮竹卷! Did I read you mention egg custards from KFC in Taiwan? Hmmm.....need to check it out :p

  4. To Tigerfish~
    Yeah go buy the egg tart from KFC in Taiwan,
    It's so good, eat it while it's still hot!
    They even came up with a cold version of egg tart, I'm not a big fan of that.

    (Remember to eat one more for me please!)

  5. 是蓮蓉奶皇包阿
    快來monterey park吃吧