The Place Located at Marina Bay Financial Centre, Crystal Jade recently unveiled a new concept Crystal Jade Prestige in the heart of CBD. As the brand name suggests, there is a focus on showcasing premium ingredients and plating at Crystal Jade Prestige in a bid to differentiate from its other concepts. Strategic move to cater to appealing to the business crowd in this precinct, Prestige spots a modern look with grey walls and black finishings. The restaurant has a few private rooms, while the main dining area boasts waterfront views of Marina Bay Sands and the city skyline, another draw for tourists alongside business luncheons.
The Food Expect modern fusion elements in the dishes here, such as its signature Roasted Baby Suckling Pig rolled with Black Truffle Pearl Rice 黑松露乳猪珍珠饭卷 ($20/pc, $168/half or $328/whole). We were recommended to have this in one bite, which was slightly challenging for me. But if you are game for it, you will experience the full burst of flavours at one go. You wouldn’t be disappointed if you are expecting to bite into a crisp skin.
Another must-try here is the Deep-fried Scallop with Salted Egg Yolk and Chilled Organic Tomato served with Avocado Sauce ($20). Perfect combination of ingredients here, while relatively highly priced for a single portion, this might just be an indulgence you want to pamper yourself once.
Now, if crisp skin is your thing, follow up your order of the Suckling Pig with this Tea-smoked Roasted Duck ($78 for whole duck). Unlike the usual focus on the roasting, Prestige takes pride in delivering the undertones of the skin by smoking the duck in premium Pu-Er leaves. We started savouring this main the moment it is served at our tables, with the tinge smell of the tea and roasted scent hitting us. Have it in three parts, first just the crisp skin dipped in sugar, second focusing on savouring the most tender of the meats here and lastly, the pairing the remaining meat with the usual crepes.
To complete your savoury exploits here, get the Pan-fried Beancurd with Black Truffle Sauce ($8.80). Was surprised by the well-paired items here, just make very sure you have a sip of tea to clear your taste buds before biting into this to enjoy the full explosion of flavours and textures.
For a staple, we got to enjoy only the Udon with Scallop ($12) here – pardon our limited appetite!
Rants We were slightly disappointed by the ambience. The previous outfit here, another Chinese chain restaurant, did up the place almost-perfectly comparatively. Crystal Jade Prestige didn’t look very prestigious, frankly.
Will I Return Again? Highly likely, because Crystal Jade has always been a very reliable restaurant dishing out Cantonese-inspired oriental food. Having said, Prestige does not target the mass market consumers, so this branch will likely be attracting the business crowd whom can afford the higher price points better.
Make your reservation instantly at Crystal Jade Prestige here.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Crystal Jade Prestige
8A Marina Boulevard
#02-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre
Tel: +65 6509 9493
Monday to Friday 1130am to 3pm, 6pm to 1030pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 1030pm
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