Monday, May 2, 2016

Early Mother's Day Brunch @ Crystal Jade Prestige, Marina Bay ♥

Yesterday, we indulged in a relaxing & luxurious Sunday brunch at Crystal Jade Prestige; the group’s latest concept with a picturesque view of the Marina Bay area. It was a family gathering to celebrate an early Mother's Day with my in-laws ♥

Crystal Jade Prestige is where contemporary gastronomy and refined Chinese culinary expertise combine to create the ultimate Crystal Jade dining experience. It's more "upmarket" than the usual Crystal Jade restaurants like Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao or Crystal Jade Palace and this is represented in the restaurant's ambiance, dish ingredients and food presentation. 

It's quite easy to miss the only entrance to the restaurant via a lift outside Marina Bay Link Mall Tower 3. Look out for it just beside the water feature with the bull statues at Ground Plaza.

The lift takes you straight up to the lavish Crystal Jade Prestige restaurant at Level 2. We were there to enjoy their Signature Weekend Brunch set where customers can customise their brunch menu by picking 10 items from 5 different categories - 5 x dim sum, 1 x appetiser, 1 x BBQ meat selection, 1 x soup, 1 x wok-fried dish and 1 x dessert. If you want, you can also add on Crystal Jade Prestige’s signature Tea-smoked roasted duck at just S$48 {U.P. S$78}.

There were so many sumptous choices to choose from, especially from the dim sum menu, which featured their signature dim sum items like Steamed Shanghai Xiao Long Bao, Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling topped with Caviar, Baked Abalone & Diced Chicken Pastry and Steamed Dumpling with Shrimp & Black Garlic. Some of them are extremely popular and are usually sold out by 12 noon or 1pm! ✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧

I must give shout-out to the restaurant's Assistant Manager, Jimmy {pictured below}, who was very patient and knowledgeable in suggesting items for us to choose and explaining how some of them were prepared #thankyou

His personal recommendations were:
  • 5 x Dim Sum: Poached Beancurd Skin rolled with Prawn in Superior Broth, Steamed Shrimp & Chive Dumpling, Baked Abalone & Diced Chicken Pastry, Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling topped with Caviar and Deep-fried Dumpling with Chinese Parsley
  • 1 x Appetiser: Chilled Pig's Ear
  • 1 x Roast: Crispy Pork Belly
  • 1 x Soup: Szechuan Hot & Sour Thick Soup
  • 1 x Wok-fried Dish: Pan-fried Quail Fillet with Foie Gras Sauce
  • 1 x Dessert: Chilled Mango Purée with Pomelo & Sago 
If you've trouble deciding on your Brunch dishes, you can follow his list of recommendations. 

For an additional charge, you can also opt for a free flow of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne. Ooooo... Most champagne brunches usually serve Moët & Chandon champagne so it's nice to have the Veuve Clicquot which is kinda dry, yet rich and fruity with elegant notes of dried fruit, spices and Viennese pastries.

I'm not one who would usually drink champagne with dim sum but since we were in the mood for celebrating, why not??

Lil Pumpkin was certainly very happy to have some sparkling bubbly hahahaha... don't worry, she only had a few sips ヾ(´▽`;)ゝ

The dim sum, appetisers, roast meat and soups arrived pretty quickly to our table {in about 15-20 minutes after ordering?}. The food items were grouped together for table sharing, although I think if you prefer individual plating they can arrange for that too.

Do note that for Brunch dim sum items, 1 portion equates to 1 piece and for roast meat items, 1 portion equates to 2-3 pieces.

It was all such a wonderful spread!! *drools*

The deep-fried items were so crispy, the dumplings had juicy, flavourful fillings & thin dough skin.. and other than the Szechuan Hot & Sour Thick Soup which was spicy, Lil Pumpkin was able to eat everything.

Yes, even the Chilled Pig's Ear delicacy too which I found to be rather strangely yummy hahaha

This is the Baked Abalone & Diced Chicken Pastry that Jimmy highly, highly recommended.

The buttery-soft pastry skin crumbled to your bite to reveal a beautiful hot stew of abalone & chicken cooked in a creamy, white sauce. My brother-in-law {BIL} and the boy liked this very much.

If I'd to choose, the Poached Beancurd Skin rolled with Prawn in Superior Broth is on the top of my list though.

Each bite of the beancurd skin-covered prawn is bursting with the full-bodied lobster broth and tastes absolutely amazing. You just can't stop at one bite! I wish we ordered more portions of this and I could definitely drink a whole bowl of the superior lobster broth all by myself hahaha

The service staff arranged for our "main dishes" i.e. wok-fried dishes to come after our dim sum so that they were fresh and piping hot. Indeed, my mother-in-law {MIL} was impressed that the skin from her Crispy Duck with Foie Gras & Mango was still hot with a good bite. However, I found the serving for that dish to be rather small though heh. It's just one of that big spoon / miniature bowl you see above (≧▽≦)

The portions for the Simmered Fillet of Garoupa with Egg White and Pan-Fried Kurobuta Pork with Wild Fungus in Chef's Special Sauce were bigger and more filling. Both were very tender and savoury, but not overly salty.

Desserts came last and oh my goodness, I love the Chilled Black Sesame with Coconut Milk!! There seems to be some chewy mochi inside the black sesame paste that made it so niiiceeeee. Nom nom nom..

In some restaurants, Chilled Mango Purée with Pomelo & Sago and Lemongrass Jelly desserts can be sickeningly sweet but not here at Crystal Jade Prestige though. In fact, there's a delightful tartness to the Lemongrass Jelly as well as there's sour plum & lime in it so if you don't have a sweet tooth, you can opt for these 2 desserts.

It was a very satisfying family brunch and I'm glad we managed to get together to celebrate Mother's Day, especially since my BIL is so busy with his architecture & design company. I know that my MIL is always thrilled whenever we have family gatherings and I left brunch with my heart overflowing with love and gratitude too.

I've always had a very good relationship with my MIL. Honestly, I think I could do more to be a better daughter-in-law to her, but she is all I could ever ask for in a MIL. Ever since I was in a relationship with the boy, she has always been very kind, considerate and patient towards me. My MIL gives the boy and I a lot of space to live our own lives, but is always there as well if we ever need her help and support.

Whenever I hear horror stories of tensions and conflicts between mother-in-laws & daughter-in-laws, sorry not sorry but I just cannot relate to that and am really grateful that I've such a MIL who truly treats me as part of her family.. so much so I think even my own mum is glad that I lucked out in this aspect (*^▽^) #thankyouLaoMa

Also felt very blessed to have this sweet princess as my dearest daughter to give me the privilege of celebrating Mother's Day for the past 7 years. Thank you my darling. You're all I could ever ask for in my child as well ♥

Promo: For Jadeite members with payment using DBS/ POSB Credit or Debit card, take S$10 off Signature Weekend Brunch Prices for adults i.e. S$48 {U.P. S$58} or S$88 for free-flow of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne {U.P. S$98}

Crystal Jade Prestige
8A Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Link Mall {Ground Plaza}, #02-01
Signature Weekend Brunch Period:  Every Sat, Sun & PH from 1 May - 26 Jun 2016
Brunch time: 11.30 - 3pm
Price: Adult - S$58/pax {S$98/pax for free-flow champagne}, Child - S$28/pax {aged 5-12}
Tel: 6509 9493
*Reservations are highly recommended, especially if you want to eat the Signature Tea Smoked Roast Duck as limited quantities are available. Prices are subjected to service charge and government taxes.

P.S. Don't miss out on my Bakerzin JADE Pandan White Chocolate Cheesecake giveaway I'm hosting to celebrate Mother's Day! 3 winners will be chosen and it ends today - Monday, 2 May 2016. Winners can collect it just in time for Mother's Day.

*Disclosure: This is a review for Crystal Jade Prestige. All opinions are my own.



Theresa Mahoney said...

What a lovely place for a Mother's Day brunch. That is so lovely that you have such a great relationship with MIL. I love mine so much too, and also cannot relate to those who complain about theirs.

Unknown said...

I've heard lovely things about the place. That shall be the place to take my MIL next time she visits us from overseas.

Phoebe said...

love your outfit and the food looks delicious. A nice place to have family lunch or dinner. Happy Mother's day in advance.


Pooja Kawatra said...

This is so beautiful and precious to celebrate it with your Mil and daughter. Living alone here i miss that part celebrating with mum n mil.

Bumble Bee Mum said...

Free flow champagne and dim sum seems like odd pairing.. But why not?

Shub said...

It must be a great feeling to have sumptuous food with entire family. Kids enjoy these family lunches the most.

Unknown said...

Looking at all your smiley faces and the sumptuous food made my day! Dim sum is our all time favourite too. Lovely:)

Unknown said...

I think it's wonderful that you have such a great relationship with your MIL! She sounds like a very generous-hearted person.

Stacy said...

Looks like an amazing meal! (Though 1 portion of dim sum to me is err.. 3 pieces? So it follows that 1 piece is only one third a portion hmppf.)

Hello, Mrs Tan said...

We had dim sum for early mothers' day celebration too, but we were at Peach Garden, which was superb as well. Aside, I really love your cheong sam!!! <3

Cascia Talbert said...

It looks like a beautiful restaurant and I bet you had a wonderful time.

An Apel a Day said...

Fancy goodness! I bet little Pumpkin felt like a princess eating there.

Unknown said...

What a sumptuous spread and it's a bonus to receive good service while we are having a celebratory meal!

Charles Brown said...

Your ideas are too much delicious and i like to celebrate this kind of celebration on this upcoming mothers day so thank you so much for giving this kind of ideas to us.

C said...

Hello, your ideas to celebrate mothers day are really good and like to celebrate this upcoming mothers day with my family and follow your ideas and try to make this mothers day very special for me and my lovely mom.