Sunday, 29 April 2012

Review - Jasmín Chinese Restaurant, Clarkston

A few weeks ago I posted a review on Cathay Cuisine Chinese takeaway in Newton Mearns. This was a fairly new takeaway that had opened not too far from home that we ordered from instead of our usual takeaway, the Jasmín Restaurant in Clarkston. The meal was alright but tonight we made the decision to get back to what we know.

When it comes to Chinese starters, I could happily work my way through the menu. Prawn toast, spare ribs, dim sum, satay skewers, as well as a huge choice of soups...they're all delicious! Given the choice, I think my favourite has to be pancake or spring rolls and I love the way that every Chinese chef has their own recipe and twists to these classic starters.

The Jasmín has a fantastically varied menu offering both tradition Cantonese and Mandarin food, plus an exciting Thai menu as well. Last night we decided to order Thai, starting with Thai spring rolls.
Wonderful little filo parcels packed with a fantastic mix of oriental flavours, served with a fiery yet sweet dipping sauce. Once I cut into the crispy spring roll, I was met by a combination of cabbage, carrots, sweetcorn, rice noodles, ginger, lemongrass & chili oil. The fresh flavours all worked well together, perfectly balanced with just the right amount of spice.
I have to say, these spring rolls are some of the best that I have tasted.

We followed our tasty starter with Thai beef with black pepper sauce & fried rice.

I would love to know where Jasmín get their beef because it's always deliciously tender. Our meal had plenty of thinly sliced slivers of beef served in a rich and savoury pepper sauce. The sauce had a nice heat from just the right mount of cracked black pepper, sometimes I prefer this heat over the more obvious chili heat that is often associated with spicy food. Plenty of spring onion, green peppers, baby sweetcorn, carrots, onion and something that looks like avocado (I'd be happy for more information on this mystery Chinese vegetable), all make up the rest of the sauce.

The traditional accompaniments of fried rice and noodles are always done well at The Jasmín. I love the smoky flavour that they manage to get into the egg-fried rice, as well as the subtle introduction of sesame oil that helps give the rice a lovely finish. In fact, I could quite easily enjoy a bowl of fried rice all by itself.

We have had lots of different dishes off of the huge menu at The Jasmín and have yet to be disappointed. It doesn't matter what we order, each dish has its own unique flavours. With good sized portions and a well priced menu, plus the fact that they always seem to give free prawn crackers with every order, I can recommend The Jasmín Restaurant in Clarkston for your next takeaway.

For those of you who prefer a sit-in meal over a takeaway, The Jasmín also has a restaurant attached. We've never eaten in, but if the quality is as good as the takeaway then I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


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