|Menu (as of late September 2011)|
Lucy's baking prowess shows with her amazing desserts, which just happen to be right at the ordering window. She bakes macarons (a sandwich-like confectionery using egg whites, almonds, etc.), macaroons (the light baked cookie that may use either ground almonds or shredded coconut), and tarts.
Two of Lucy's signature desserts include the Sesame Ball ($1.50 each): a "crispy rice ball filled with coconut & sweet yellow bean," served with a coconut caramel dipping sauce; and the Vietnamese Wedding Cake ($4/slice): an earthy vanilla cake with a center layer of puff pastry.
|Sesame Balls (Jade Teahouse & Patisserie)|
|Vietnamese Wedding Cake (Jade Teahouse & Patisserie)|
Fresh Wide Rice Noodles ($9): a stir fry of fresh wide rice noodles, eggs, broccoli, carrots, bok choy, and choice of chicken, shrimp, beef, or tofu
Salad Rolls ($5): Rolls that include your choice of chicken, shrimp, or lemongrass tofu
Drunken Chicken Baguette Sandwich ($7): Chicken marinated in a sweet-sour concoction, which includes red wine, topped with pickled daikon radish, carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and mayonnaise, all encased in a homemade baguette.
Knowing I really couldn't go wrong, I decided to get the Drunken Chicken sandwich. And because it was sunny on the day I went, I decided to quench my thirst with a Thai iced coffee ($2.50; $9.50 total).
|Drunken Chicken Sandwich (Jade Teahouse & Patisserie)|
|Thai Iced Coffee (Jade Teahouse & Patisserie)|
The sandwich...delicious. The flavor imparted on the chicken actually reminded me a bit of char siu pork and brought back memories of when my dad let me have some of his ramen with the char siu inside. Moist, tender chicken here, and the slight sweet-sour flavors tag-teamed nicely with the pickled vegetables, cilantro, and mayonnaise. Major props here for the homemade baguette, nice and firm on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.
The entire staff was extremely friendly; they really made me feel welcome here. I even inquired about the location of another food business in the area, and they took time to give me the proper directions.
I have no clue how I avoided ordering dessert this time around, but next time, I just might have to try at least one dessert item to round out the experience here. In the meantime, a big thumbs up for Jade! 8/10