Cristal Restaurant and Bar
4/F, 269 Wujiang Lu 吴江路269号4楼
I’ve been to Cristal only once before, and clearly they have massively improved this time round in terms of service and quality of food. It’s more of a “nice-dining” restaurant. As in, it’s not as exorbitantly priced as fine-dining, but certainly not a cheap cafe. It sits nicely in between and is actually really close to where we live, but we hadn’t yet found an occasion to go again. Located on the 4th floor of a shopping mall at Nanjing West station, it’s easy to miss and relatively unknown unless you’ve heard about the restaurant and are specifically going there for a meal. What a hidden treasure :)
8 of us decided to try out Cristal’s Brunch set menu, which at 178 RMB (3-course) or 198 RMB (4-course) turned out to be ONE AMAZING DEAL that had all of us surprised and delighted. The quality of the ingredients was superb, the presentation was fine-dining style, the service was polite and attentive, and the menu actually underplayed the variety and quantity of food that we would be served. It was flat-out impressive and all of us were raving about the value of the brunch. I am most definitely going back and recommending visitors to go there for a relaxed, sunlit weekend brunch.
We were so surprised at how artfully presented each dish came out, and with lots of little trimmings and sides that weren’t even mentioned on the menu. Their chef obviously takes pride in his work and every dish came out so beautiful looking. On top of that, the food was really good. Cooked perfectly, quality ingredients, and in very decent-sized portions. I was pleased that I was full after eating :)
A totally stunning experience – will be back for sure!
The bar area
There’s outdoor dining too, but we preferred the air-conditioned interior
Trio of wines and cocktails
Salad with a very generous portion of smoked salmon
A large plate of Japanese marinated tuna carpaccio, with pear & fig chutney,
pine kernel, Arugula leaves, mini wontons, and garlic Ciabatta bread on the side.
Duo of pan-fried foie gras (OMGGGGG!!!!!!!!!)
Cute little Vegetarian wontons
Two poached eggs served with ham, grilled smoked bacon, home made herb sausage
On toasted English muffins with Hollandaise sauce, served with crispy hash browns.
This was a full meal in itself!
Warm white asparagus with truffle hollandaise served with scallops
relish on the Bruschetta bread and Parmigiano chips
Fresh made ravioli filled with fennel “Choucroute” served with
Butterfly “Tempura” Gambas and spicy aioli on the side
Roasted atlantic salmon with mashed potatoes, green asparagus and black truffles dressing
Freshly made (Farfalle) pasta, prepared on the spot,tossed with fish fumet, spinach,
Parmesan cheese, parsley, finished with pan-seared shrimps, baby squid, fresh mussels.
There was SO MUCH seafood in this…. more than the pasta, lol!
Pistachio creme brulee, homemade sorbet, spiked fruits
Lemon Decadence – souffle, lemon cheesecake, sorbet, jelly
Tangerine tiramisu and candied zest, soaked madeline
Spiked fruits and cream, dark chocolate brownie and mousse, choc souffle
Complimentary tea and coffees to end our meal