The name Crystal Jade should be no stranger to most Singaporeans. From a humble restaurant 20 years ago, it is now a huge food & beverage organisation with 120 outlets in 10 countries. In Singapore, Crystal Jade have about 40 outlets categorize under the title name of “kitchen”, “Pristine”, “HK CAFE IN”, “Korean Ginseng Chicken and BBQ”, “Steamboat”, “My bread”, “Deli corner”, “Golden Palace”, “Dining IN”, “Premium” and the “Jiangnan/La Mian Xiao Long Bao”, which this review will be covering. You can see the varieties of dining concepts there but mind you, these are mostly for those willing to pay more meal dollars.

CJJN - Restaurant3

At the newly opened Jiangnan/La Mian Xiao Long Bao in Toa Payoh Lor 6, which is just a stone throw away from the HDB hub, be prepared to pay S$10.80 for a serving of sauteed baby cabbage, S$18.80 for a quarter of deep fried chicken. Please click HERE for the full menu. Now that may be hard to swallow for the heartlanders but Crystal Jade have established itself to be premium and refine for that special outing. At the lunch gathering with fellow colleagues – it was a bad work day hence we were trying to cheer up – we have ordered the fried mixed grain rice in hot stone pot, ma po tofu, pan fried Shanghai bun, steamed Shanghai Xiao Long Boa, La Mian with braised beef brisket soup, and deep fried pork rib with salt and pepper.

CJJN - Beef Brisk noodle

CJJN - fried rice

CJJN - Mapo Tofu

CJJN - Pork rib

CJJN - Shanghai bun


The Xiao Long Boa was nothing far from those offered by other restaurant brands but we like it served in basket of 4 pieces instead of the typical 8 pieces. The straight forward pan fried Shanghai bun and deep fried pork rib were not value for money. The chef should have added some signature sauce to dip or something. We were also disappointed that the braised beef brisket soup was too far match from their menu photo. The looks was as plain as the taste itself.

The passable fares were the fried mixed grain rice in hot pot and the ma po tofu. We could not comment much excitement on these as we have tasted better version in many other places.

Crystal Jade Jiangnan is definitely not value for money. Nevertheless, judging from the near full house crowd at lunchtime, we supposed consumers would not mind paying more for the ambience and service level. The restaurant is spacious and cosy with many privacy seats around. The staffs were generally good manner and polite. Buying lunch for our bosses or esteem clients here may be impressive?

CJJN - Restaurant2

CJJN - Restaurant1

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