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China Jade occupies a little space in a forgettable east Aurora strip mall, surrounded by French bakeries, barbecue restaurants, Eastern European groceries, nail salons and coffee shops. From the outside, it isn't much to look at. Inside, it's small, with ten tables, a register, a Buddha here, a good luck cat there, and one of those backlit menus hanging near the ceiling filled with pictures of kung pao chicken and sweet-and-sour pork in unnatural Day-Glo colors. Calling it intimate would make it sound too twee, cozy too warm. It's simply small and close and crowded. And possibly the best Chinese restaurant in Denver.
The worst... period. This restaurant is advertising that it was voted " best Chinese food in town". What town is that, little Italy. This is by far the worst Chinese food I have had in Denver. This place makes me yearn for Panda Express. I have long suspected that Westword knows nothing of fine cuisine and that these restaurants pay Westword to vote them best of anything.
First of all, I walk in and the employees are sleeping at the tables. They look up and go back to sleep when they see they have an actual customer. I saw the westword gave it a thumbs up so I decided to dine.
I ordered something simple, shrimp lo-mein and it came out like someone simple made it. The shrimp were tiny and few, the noodles weren't cooked thoroughly and were clumped together, the soup was like dishwater and the rice had no flavor and was undercooked.
I am tired of being burned by Westword magazines paltry attempt at reviews. They would give 2 thumbs up to BurgerKing and any one else that would pay for it. I doubt they try the food anywhere.
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Shrimp with gralic sauce?" "I love shrimp with gralic sauce. Get some of that." "Sour taste cabbage? Or Triple Delight? What do you suppose that is?" she asked, and smiled. I responded, mind soaking in the gutter, and we giggled like kids... More »
With all due respect to the rest of the Chinese restaurants in town, China Jade whups your sorry wooden chopsticks. This joint is that glorious rarity whose food makes you moan and groan and sigh and hoot and holler, sometimes all at once. It's the type of place that stops you dead in your stilettos, if only to remind you that you're only as good as your next Chinese meal -- which, in this case, will be something from the laminated "secret" Chinese menu. The other menu is inked on... More »
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