Reviewer: Sarah Stevens
Widely acknowledged as the best Chinese eatery in the area, Jade Palace didn't disappoint. The restaurant has undergone a huge refurbishment in the past 12 months, and is now triple its original size. The result is a light, spacious and airy dining area which hasn't lost any of its intimacy.
But not just the restaurant has grown, so too has the menu with a fantastic range of Cantonese dishes which from the number of empty plates being carried back to kitchen, must be delicious.
There were four of us in the party and we opted to start with Chicken and Sweetcorn soup for the girls and Hot and Sour for the boys. The Hot and Sour was spicy but not so strong that we had to ask for the fire extinguisher! Next we shared a huge plate of starters; King Do Spare Ribs, Salt & Pepper King Prawns (spectacular), Deep Fried Chicken Wings in Oyster Sauce and Prawn and Sesame Toast.
By the time our half a crispy duck and pancakes arrived we were struggling, but like culinary colonels we marched in to battle and conquered the succulent dish.
We had a lovely Chardonnay with dinner but for beer drinkers there's a Tetley Smooth Flow bitter, lagers ranging from Carlsberg on draft to bottled Holsten Pills and various Chinese beers.
There are set meals for two (£16), three ( £24), four (£32), and five (£40).
It was Saturday night when we went and it was packed with people waiting in the lounge area, so it might be wise to book. Jade Palace is closed on Mondays - but open Bank Holiday Mondays and Tuesday thru Saturday 5pm - 10.30pm, Sunday 2pm - 10.30pm.
For any special requirements such as food allergies, you need to contact the management in advance.
Enjoy yourself - we did!
REVIEW By SARAH STEPHENS