9-10 The very best | 7-8 Excellent | 5-6 Very good | 3-4 Fair | 1-2 Poor
WHY GO? Jasmin may not be the most modern of
eateries but it has earned a devoted following for its
authentic Cantonese cuisine and seafood specialties.
Its lunchtime dim sum selection is a highlight.
WHAT TO ORDER?
Jasmin’s lunchtime dim sum
selection is extensive, with deep-fried taro and steamed
crab’s claw among the highlights. At dinner, salt-baked
cuttlefish makes a satisfying opener, with the squid
hitting the sweet spot in terms of texture and seasoning.
Deep-fried prawn balls, meanwhile, are juicy, meaty
morsels paired with traditional plum dipping sauce.
Dried scallop, abalone and seafood soup is a smooth
and savoury blend that provides a worthy counterpoint
to the appetisers. Hot pot lobster is a house specialty,
though stir-fried lobster with XO sauce is possibly the
more flavourful option. Peking duck is another house
specialty. The duck skin is served with pancakes,
cucumber and hoisin sauce, though the meat, fried
separately, is perhaps a little overdone. Fried rice Yang
Chow style, with generous smatterings of duck, chicken
and prawn, makes an excellent side.
The wine list is short, though
extensive enough to provide
reasonable pairs to the variety
of cuisine on offer.