We tried a recent Riverdale arrival on Sunday. The restaurant, J.Jade Dim Sum Cafe, occupies a spot on Johnson just south of 235th that has seen a number of Chinese places come and go over the years. The new version pleasantly fills the small space, and offers dim sum from 11:30-3:30.
The dim sum, served from the traditional cart of steamers, were quite good. The menu includes about 25 items, including chinese desert options (cold mango pudding, coconut cubes, etc.). We tried the steamed pork ribs, turnip cake, fried taro puffs with pork, chicken feet, and sticky rice with chicken in lotus leaf. The only non-steamed dish, the taro puffs, were very lightly fried and totally non-greasy; the sticky rice (our favorite) had bits of chinese sausage in addition to the chicken. When I asked for some black vinegar (a condiment I like to mix with chile paste), it was promptly provided.
The staff was very welcoming and is clearly making an effort to encourage repeat business, which we appreciated. Prices for the dim sum varied by plate(S,M,L categories, indicated on the menu). The lunch described above was satisfying and filling, and ran to about $16 total for the two of us.
We didn't try anything off the main menu, which is more generic but with some exceptions (apple soong, braised duck), but others around us did, and the dishes looked good.
We'll definitely be trying this restaurant again, and recommend it to anyone in the area looking for something a different and good.
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