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Located in a quiet wing of the City of Dreams complex, Jade Dragon presents diners with a wonderful world of contemporary Chinese gastronomy. Blessed with plenty of space, the restaurant never feels uncomfortably busy even when the dining room is full—and further privacy is ensured by the opulently decorated private rooms. Jade, gold and embroidery all hint at the lavish nature of age-old Chinese luxury, but stops short of gaudiness thanks to clever use of architectural detailing, such as the sturdy geometry of the wine cellar or the dramatic wooden panels lining the tall floor-to-ceiling windows.
Jade Dragon has been remarkably consistent over the course of time, whether for lunch or dinner, mid-week or in the middle of a busy weekend service. Chef Tam’s team are superheroes in the kitchen, assembling daily to pull off yet another flawless meal for those who visit this marvellous universe of fine regional Chinese cookery.
Jade Dragon has also previously received our prize for best dim sum; if you visit on a weekend, the signature dumplings are a sound way to start a leisurely lunch. Classic har gow are annointed with vibrant spinach juice to cast a luxuriously verdant green hue to the wrappers, while the steamed kegani crab xiao long bao is full of rich shellfish stock and oils. But be sure to save enough room for other dishes on the menu, which can be quite unlike any other creations you will find at other Chinese restaurants.
Chef Tam’s intuition leads him to pair the sweetest little cherry tomatoes with a floral plum wine jelly and dots of nutty avocado oil, or pan-fried prawns with shrimp paste and Parma ham. Other times, he simply carries out age-old combinations with extreme precision and flair; his steamed grouper fillet on silky egg white custard is delicately scented with aged hua diao, its aroma heady and divine. It also goes without saying that we can’t come to Jade Dragon without ordering a plate of the kitchen’s signature barbecued Ibérico pork, roasted in a lychee wood-burning oven.
The restaurant benefits from City of Dreams’ master wine list, which will thrill many a oenophile. Jade Dragon’s premium tea selection is top-class and each variety can be decoded by the restaurant’s team of seasoned experts, including a dedicated tea sommelier.
Service is always discreet and exceedingly polite, with teacups kept regularly topped up. However it continues to be a theme that it can sometimes be difficult to catch the attention of wait staff, perhaps owing to the vast space.
A meal for two with wine and service comes to around MOP1,500, which for the quality of the cooking and environment is a fair price to pay. Those looking to splurge can go for the pricier tasting menus, and those wanting a more wallet-friendly sampling of Jade Dragon’s culinary prowess can book for lunch, and select from the list of well-priced dim sum.