Hong Kong is not short of Shanghainese restaurants, so a new one needs to be unusual to create the buzz of interest Jardin de Jade has generated.
The latest outlet from the King Mang Jade Garden Group joins the original restaurant, which opened in Shanghai in 1999 followed by branches in Beijing and Macau. The Macau branch was awarded a Michelin star in the 2010 Red Guide, which has raised expectations.
The restaurant offers a modern interpretation of the special mixture of cuisines popular in Shanghai - particularly Jiangsu and Zhejiang dishes - with a greater emphasis on presentation than most traditional Shanghainese eateries.
The restaurant's decor is upmarket, with a mix of modern and traditional elements. A modernist crystal chandelier dominates the main dining room.
Signature dishes include Zhejiang-style preserved pork, sauteed river shrimp, Jardin de Jade jasmine tea smoked duck, braised Dongpo's pork and Suzhou-style fried rice.
Another speciality is the restaurant's "soup casseroles", such as double-boiled sea cucumber with polygonatum and Chinese herbs.
Shanghai's famous dumplings feature on the dim sum menu and include "House speciality juicy steamed pork dumpling" and pan-fried pork buns.
Desserts include Ningbo-style sweet dumplings, and sweetened glutinous rice balls and bird's nest in rice.
A selection of dishes for two without wine costs about HK$400 to HK$500 - but there is a good wine list available.
The restaurant is open daily from 11am to 11pm.
Address G3 – G4, G/F Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai Reservations 3528 0228