Looking to duck out of the rain this afternoon in Kamloops, I headed into the Jade Garden Restaurant (Chinese and Hong Kong Cuisine) at 298 3rd Ave. I’d seen a special in the window (above) a while back that I was hankering to try. The special advertised includes a vegetarian spring roll, wonton soup, and tea for $5.95. This appeals to me because it is a set menu of sorts, and also because it is a frugal option.
First I was brought a large pot of jasmine tea (KO&C Brand out of Richmond) of the bag, not loose variety. Shortly thereafter, a bowl of wonton soup arrived. There were six pork wontons in the broth with green onions sprinkled on top. The wontons were nice and firm, although the green onions were a little long-in-the-tooth, that is to say, no exactly of the “spring” variety. Just as I’d slurped up the last of the broth (very tasty, not too salty, and with the addition of thick-style soya sauce, very satisfying), the spring roll was set down. The spring roll is larger than the kind offered on the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet ($10.95 Mon - Fri) and is stuffed with mashed potato (!!) and cabbage. My wait-person warned me that it was hot, but I dug in regardless. As an aside, my tongue is still feeling scorched as I type this. Garnishing the roll were freshly shaved ribbons of carrot and deep-fried batter bits. On the whole, this repast by no means mind-blowing, but for $5.95 ($6.66 with tax), you can enjoy a three-part light meal between your perusal of the downtown shops.
As an aside, this restaurant also boasts some of the finest people-watching views the city has to offer. Make sure you grab a window seat. Watch the intersection and the people passing by as you groove to the synth-heavy classical Chinese instrumental music playing softly over the PA system.
- Monday - Friday 11:00am - 9:00pm
- Saturday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
- Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm