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Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Holland Ave) (翡翠拉面小笼包)

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Address: 241/241A Holland Avenue, 278976
Located on Holland Avenue, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao serves Chinese cuisine.

Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 22:30

Sat - Sun: 10:30 - 22:30

+65 64630968
$23 based on 67 submissions
Dinner (19 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (18 votes), Buffet (17 votes)

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Nice Light Lunch on 11Jan2015

See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/01/12/nice-light-lunch-crystaljade-lamian-xiaolongbao-hollandv-on-11jan2015/

went for a light lunch with wife & daughter @ crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao at hollandv yesterday on 11.1.2015. we ordered the usual xiaolongbao 小笼包. it was good as usual – great soup & tasty fillings, skin that held together & not thick. we added a second order later. ^^ ordered the other favourite spicy dumplings 抄手 too. today this was not too good. the sauce seemed dilute, overall not flavourful enough & not as attractive as canton paradise. spicy chicken 口水鸡 was good as always. i enjoy this dish everytime. ^^ soemthing new for me was the beef brisket ramen 牛腩拉面. happy to note that this was much better than i expected. the beef brisket 牛腩 was really good. there was a bit of beef tendon as well. this my daughter’s favourite. i didn’t think it was better than that served in sicc though. i used the spicy sauce from the spicy chicken 口水鸡 & the noodles were really nice & flavourful with the sauce. a relax lunch on a quiet sunday.

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• 31 Aug 2015 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

XLB Buffet on 29 Aug 2015

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Please read this before deciding to make a reservation or dine at the xiao long bao buffet for the free flow of XLB!! It was a really unpleasant experience. I had been there a few times and it was really a nice place for big groups to enjoy the yummy steamboat food and company of one another, but it isn’t a nice place anymore.
 
 I don’t really do food reviews on hungrygowhere but I feel that customer who is planning to go for the XLB buffet should be aware of what to expect there. Please kindly reconsider your choices in visiting them after reading my experience at the XLB buffet recently.
 
 I went to the XLB buffet on 29 August 2015 (Saturday night). I was assigned the time slot of 645pm to 815pm (1hour 30minutes). We are a group of 7, with 5 guys and 2 girls. We paid $34 nett each person.
 Let me summarize the unhappiness I had there.
 
 (1) The timing
 
 Please note that, the timing for the XLB buffet had changed and differ from the past.
 Timing in the past (NO LONGER APPLICABLE NOW):
 5pm-715pm
 730pm-945pm
 10pm-12mn
 
 In the past, we get to eat for at least 2 hours. But as of today, it’s only 1 hour 30 minutes. We were aware that there was a time limit but wasn’t told that it was so short to the extent that it is only 1 hour 30 minute. We ate from 645-815 and last order is at 745pm.
 
 We wasn’t aware of the ending timing of the buffet even when we enter the place. I think for basic courtesy they should have reminded us that the timing is so tight now. I believe we are not the only customer with negative feedback about their new timing and they should have made some improvement, but yupp, they did not. We ended up rushing like mad and we are a big group of 7 people snatching for one pot.
 
 The rest of the customer and us were sort of chase out of the restaurant? I don’t really see any satisfied customer walking out but most of them are puzzled and smiling at the timing of how rush they had ate the buffet and get throw out on time too.
 
 For our case, at 815, they started to remind us to eat faster as the timing is up. And at 830, they just took the pot away telling us they need to clear it now (there is still food in the pot and they just took it away). At 835, they started clearing our plates and this is when we actually left the place.
 
 Note: the next batch of customer is coming in at 845 as such they have to take away our pot and clear our plate in order to chase us out.
 
 So we sort of took advantage of them for the extra 15 minutes but the last half an hour there was super unpleasant as we are all rushing to eat all the super-hot steamboat food. This is my first time ever rushing to eat buffet and have the feeling that I should be throw out of the restaurant now. This is not what a paying customer should be experiencing.
 
 (to be continue in my next post as HGW have word limit)
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• 31 Aug 2015 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

XLB Buffet on 29 Aug 2015 (Cont)

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(continued from my previous post as HGW have word limit)
 
 (2) The ordering of the food
 
 We have 5 guys in the group and in our very first order, we order 10 servings of pork and beef slices and we ended up getting only 15-20 slices of pork and beef each. This is actually not acceptable. (I think the restaurant did this on purpose so that people won’t get to spam their food, but we are a big group of 7 people, don’t they evaluate and think that it will be reasonable for us to finish the 20 servings of meat?)
 
 Apart from the serving size issue, some of the orders (for eg vegetables and fish ball) was missed out too (I don’t think this is on purpose or maybe is on purpose but if the buffet timing is so tight, what about increasing your efficiency and accuracy in serving the food?).
 
 We ordered a total of 3 times in total for the 1 hour we are there: 645pm-745pm. 
 
 (i) Once when we first sat down (super huge order but it was downsize and MIA for certain items)
 
 (ii) When we realise the food wasn’t enough (huge order but it was downsize by the staff again)
 
 (iii) Last order at 745pm (ultra huge order but it was greatly downsize by them again, I understand that to prevent us from staying here longer they have to downsize the order, but why did they downsize my first and second order??)
 
 PS: the only thing that came in right quantity was the xiaolongbao because it couldn’t be downsize or reduce at all. 
 
 Conclusion: It’s not worth it to be there anymore due to the tight timing and the food size servings, noting that the quality of the food had dropped too. It was a really bad experience at the XLB buffet and I sincerely hope that changes will be implemented for better dining experience. 
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• 24 Apr 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

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Is the hotline even working. Are there people who actually get through to the phone to be able to make a reservation. I don't think its nice to make people call so many times without getting through. Either get a new phone or turn up the ringtone. Thanks.
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