By Noha Al-Awadi
Simply put, Jade Garden is the best, most authentic, Chinese restaurant in Kuwait.
With an extensive menu that can cater to any palate, this restaurant goes far beyond what we have come to expect from Chinese food. Serving up much-loved staples, as well as new creations, most of the dishes at Jade Garden hail from the Schezuan province of China.
You will find all your favorites here, such as the beef oyster, Kungpao chicken, a variety of Schezuan dishes and Kindo galore. These are tastier than their counterparts found at other Chinese restaurants around town, mainly because they are prepared by Jade Garden’s chef, who is in fact, Chinese. This is as authentic as it gets!
Open for one year now, Jade Garden offers its patrons an amazing dining experience with a lovely view of Kuwait. Decorated with red and gold and overflowing with Chinese lanterns, the ambience really does compliment the amazing dining experience offered.
Start your meal off by ordering the Seafood Chowder. Not on their menu, but prepared specially for their guests, this rich soup is brimming with bell peppers, celery and potato, swimming in a sea of squid, fish and shrimp. Simply divine.
Love your starters? Try the seafood dumplings, steamed to perfection. Just the right size, served piping hot with just the exact amount of ginger to make them just right. The accompanying dipping sauce (light soy, sesame oil, ginger and green onion) is the perfect match, and also fared well with other dishes. Follow up with a basket of shrimp spring rolls; crisp on the outside and just perfect on the inside, definitely a favorite and this version did not disappoint.
A must-try here is the Beijing (nee Peking) duck. Absolutely delicious. The duck arrives to your table pre-sliced, with pancakes steaming in their basket waiting to be covered in dollops of plum sauce and heaps of green onion and slivers of cucumber.
Kindo chicken at Jade Garden is unlike any other we have tasted. Everything about this dish was prepared the way it should be. The sauce wasn’t too sweet, it was just right. The sesame seeds sprinkled on top weren’t overboard, they were perfect. This dish will definitely be one of our regular dishes on future visits to Jade Garden.
Accompany all your dishes with an order of rice (we had the mixed fried rice, which comes with an array of mixed seafood with peas and carrots) and noodles (our order was beef fried noodles – yum!) from their extensive menu choices. Looking for something new? Try the beef bacon fried with cumin and chilli. Served on a wooden skewer, this is a sensory delight and a fun addition to your meal, guaranteed.
Vegetarian? Don’t worry. Jade Garden will cater to your palate by offering you one of its many tofu dishes, prepared just the way you want it.
Located on the 12th floor of Gulf Hotel on Baghdad Street, Jade Garden brings real Chinese food to the heart of Salmiya! For more information or to make a reservation please call 2572 1040 Ext.111 or 9939 7147.