|Jinyue French Restaurant
|11:30am - 2pm; 6:30pm-11:00pm(last order 9:30pm), 11:30am - 9:30 pm(last order for tapas menu)|
|5/F, VIP Building, Jinjiang Hotel, 80, Section 2nd, South Renmin Rd. |
|028 8550 6199|
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
We've been hearing for a few months about something extraordinary at the Jinjiang Hotel. A Michelin starred chef has been brought in to captain Jinyue, a restaurant that is really raising the bar for French food in town, and MORE was pleased to be hosted recently. Jinyue is on the fifth floor of the hotel's newer VIP wing, and has space for events and parties from intimate gatherings to groups up to 150. They also have a small boutique selling bread, pastries, and gift items.
Much attention is paid to sourcing ingredients. From France come the blue Brittany lobsters and Valrhona chocolate, and the wine room displays rows of French bottles including burgundy and a few of the top names in champagne. The menu describes intriguing combinations of ingredients that are a world apart from the bistro dishes we usually associate with French cooking in Chengdu. Several set meals are on offer ranging from a weekday business lunch to a ten course degustation, or tasting menu, that gourmands would need several hours to do justice. Wine pairings are also offered for the set menus.
The amuse-bouche was seafood dumpling served over tapioca in a clear, fragrant consomme that was poured tableside. We also enjoyed buttery foie gras on toast. The blue Brittany lobster and vegetables were accented with strips of bellota ham and anchovy in one of those fantastic sauces characteristic of French cooking. The baby beets, parsnips, and asparagus were cooked with the same care and respect as the main event. The filet of Angus beef in bordelaise sauce, sided with potato puree and truffle, was one of the best prepared pieces of beef that we've come across in town. The dessert was a sophisticated and not overly sweet mixture of chocolate in various forms, nuts, and house made ice cream.
Besides the food we appreciated the care and attention to detail in the service which, when combined with the décor, provide a suitable theatre for the cooking. We also think it quite ballsy of the Jinjiang to open a French restaurant of this caliber before any of the other big name international hotels, and hope this place becomes a game changer in town. Business lunch 600RMB, tasting menus up to 1500RMB plus drinks and 15% service charge.