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Jade "Fine Asian Dining"-- North Phoenix

Dumplingeater | Feb 28, 201006:24 PM

Jade. 34455 N. 27th Drive. Phoenix. 623-388-8880.

I was visiting from out of town. I noticed this new restaurant that just opened and decided to give it a try.

Bottom line: if you're looking for authentic or somewhat authentic Chinese food, go somewhere else.

Not sure what it was, the dining room had a strong sulphur smell. Took me some time to get over it. The menu is English only and contained the usual assertment of Chinese dishes, including the typical lunch specials.

I ordered a Kung Pao Chicken special. It came with a soup that looked greenish and cloudy. The waitress initially didn't know what soup this is, then told me is Egg Drop Soup. I estimated they used one egg in a ten gallon batch...it was more like salted broth with a hint of egg thickened with corn starch. Kungpao was more like generic stirfried chicken. It was sliced (not cubes). It lacked the kungpao sauce. It was made with onion and celery; no peanuts. Rice came on a plate highly fluffed to give the appearance of more rice than there really is--about a 1/2 cup serving. The fried. wanton was stuffed with cream cheese :).

Tea was served in a cheap 8 oz coffe cup...not the small tea cups.

To summarize, I was very disappointed. Given the largely diverse population of Phoenix, I was surprised to find this type of Chinese restaurant. If you're not starving, drive 15 min to find a Chinese buffet to get something closer to authentic.

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