Personifying truly classic and authentic Chinese cuisine, designed to ensure guests enjoy the finest sensory and culinary experience, Sri Lanka’s very first internationally reputed, Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen restaurant was ceremoniously unveiled at Shangri-La’s One Galle Face Mall today.
Gracing the grand occasion on the opening of this international chain of restaurants in Sri Lanka was Mr. Ashok Pathirage, Chairman and Managing Director, Softlogic Holdings PLC together with Mr. Douglas Doboer, CEO of Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts Holdings, Singapore.
As one of Asia’s most celebrated and diversified restaurant groups, Crystal Jade is a Michelin Star rated, award-winning brand that has preserved the rich traditions of Chinese cuisine, consistently delivering delicious food and impeccable, efficient service. Among Crystal Jade’s multiple dining concepts, Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen aims to nourish the soul with heart-warming flavours. As a hallmark of delivering exceptional quality food, Crystal Jade is also a recipient of multiple Michelin Star and Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards.
Softlogic Restaurants (Pvt) Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings PLC, continues its foray in bringing the best and most diverse culinary experiences to satisfy local taste buds across a wide mix of international restaurant brands. Softlogic Restaurants (Pvt) Ltd was Crystal Jade’s decisive choice for the franchise in Sri Lanka, while the new Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen will be Softlogic Restaurants’ fourth international franchise.
Set against the backdrop of Colombo’s cosmopolitan central business district, located at the prestigious One Galle Face Mall, the 4,004 square foot, Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen offers beautiful interiors, a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a distinctly modern twist – the perfect ambience to savour the rich traditions of Chinese cuisine.
The restaurant’s open kitchen is layered with cultural traditions, including copper embellishments, which accentuate the cozy space, while the Bar area, also with a rich tone of copper adds to the allure of the restaurant.
The ambience of the restaurant is perfectly complemented with expertly prepared and creatively presented dishes to deliver flavour and aesthetics. Utilizing imported ingredients that are exclusive to authentic Chinese cuisine, the dishes on offer promise to deliver an unparalleled gastronomic experience for the whole family.
The thoughtfully curated menu invites all Sri Lankans to take a journey through a breathtaking culinary landscape, combining oriental fare known for its vibrant, colorful, and piquant flavors all adding up to a refreshing and contemporary gastronomic experience.
These include Crystal Jade’s popular dishes such as Shredded Meat with Century Egg Congee, Hot & Sour Seafood Thick Soup in Hong Kong Style, ‘Fortune 5′ Crispy Chicken, General Tso’s Chicken, Sautéed Sri Lankan Crab in Singapore Chilli Sauce, Steamed Sea Garoupa with Minced Chilli and Roasted Duck, in addition to refreshing desserts of Chilled Pumpkin Purée topped with Vanilla Ice Cream, Chilled Purple Rice Purée with Coconut Ice Cream and Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera.
Capturing the excitement of the restaurant whilst offering a more exclusive and intimate setting, the restaurant is also the ideal destination for hosting business luncheons for VIP guests or private gatherings among friends and family. The six private function spaces can be partitioned and booked individually or completely opened and utilised as one larger event space with a maximum seating for 126 guests.
The Crystal Jade culinary team in Colombo is focused on perfecting classic Chinese cuisine. Chef Leong Kum Weng heads the culinary team as Chief Wok Chef, creating a menu set to captivate local palates. With over two decades of working experience as chef with stints across Asia, Chef Weng aims to bring Asian values towards dining, gastronomic innovation and award-winning specialist talent to Colombo. Also part of the team is Chef Lee Choon Fei, with over a decade of experience with specialisation in finely-crafted Dim Sum and Chinese desserts. And Chef Figo, well-known for his BBQ dishes.
The Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen is driven by operational experience and is well-equipped with the state-of-the-art Turboflame range of commercial cooking equipment, thus ensuring its commitment to preserving the standards and traditions of Chinese cuisine.
In bringing Crystal Jade to Colombo, Softlogic Restaurants has expanded its extensive credentials as a master franchise holder. With a team of 400 employees, Softlogic Restaurants are also proud franchise holders of reputed international brands such as Burger King, Baskin-Robbins and Délifrance, adding up to 35 restaurants and cafes in Sri Lanka, including its own concept restaurant ‘Wan Ge Di Ya’ located at ‘The Promenade’ – ODEL, Alexandra place, offering a carefully curated range of signature ‘street food’ dishes from eight Asian countries.
Softlogic Holdings PLC is one of Sri Lanka’s largest diversified conglomerates holding key market positions in growing economic sectors such as retail, healthcare, ICT, automobiles, leisure and financial services. Softlogic holds the authorized distributorships for major global brands and employs over 11,000 staff in its offices located in Sri Lanka and Australia. At present, Softlogic is the anchor tenant at the proposed One Galle Face at Shangri La where a total retail space of 130,000 square feet is devoted to delight shoppers with a plethora of exclusive brands and international flavours.