One of the best Chinese restaurants in Shibuya, Jasmine specialises in the spicy Chinese cuisine from the Szechuan province. While the dishes are executed with the flair and refinement befitting the restaurant’s simple elegant setting, the flavours are spot on: bold and punchy, and they leave a mild tingling sensation at the back of your palate.
Dinner costs upwards of ¥4,000; the weekday lunch menu, however, is a steal in comparison. The rice sets are priced at ¥1,100, and they each come with a main, rice, soup, side dish and dessert. Plus you get to add on a small serving of the restaurant’s signature mapo tofu for a mere ¥250 – and you should.
Our favourite lunch main dish is a toss up between the immensely addictive pork in sticky black vinegar sauce and the refreshing chilled chicken in spicy sauce. The latter, which is sometimes referred to as drooling chicken or liang ban ji in Chinese, is a crowd pleaser: silky smooth poached chicken sitting in a tart, sweet, spicy, vinegary cold broth that’s been infused with 15 different spices. The broth is so good you’d want to drink it on its own.
|Venue name:||Chuka Kosai Jasmine|
Hiroo Nishikawa Bldg 1F, 5-22-3 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
|Opening hours:||11.30am-3pm (L.O. 2.30pm), 6pm-11pm (L.O. 10pm)|
|Transport:||Hiroo Station (Hibiya line), Ebisu Station|
We booked 2 weeks in advance from their Tabelog page (booking number). When we showed up, they said they didn't have our booking. They just said sorry and asked us to go to their Nakameguro & Ginza restaurant and tried our luck, they said they tried to call, but the other restaurants didn't pick up. They didn't try to help even give seats to us even though there were some empty seats on Thursday night.
Maybe they think that having a michelin star gives them a right to turn people away?
It's the first time we had bad experience booking a restaurant in Japan.