A very nice western-chinese restaurant tucked away in the corner of a small strip mall. Medium-sized with hawaiian decor (kept from previous owners) and great food.
Think of Jade Rabbit as deluxe mall-food-court "Chinese" food that appears at your door (literally) within 15 minutes of you hanging up your phone.
Is it authentic? Pfft. The fact that you're even *asking* the question means that this place isn't for you.
Do you love "Chinese" food that your grandmother used to order? Sweet'n'sour pork, chow mein, chop suey - if that's the junk food "Chinese" you're into, this place can't be beat. Dinner for two is three HEAPING plates of food that's greasy, salty, and is as tasty as it is awful for you, and delivered to your door with a generous tip for $30.
Order Jade Rabbit. You won't be disappointed.
When someone at work has a birthday, the boss springs for lunch for everyone - in our small business that means we get a free lunch pretty much every month! We order take-out from"The Jade" 2 or 3 times a year. I consider it "fast food"; salty, greasy, and sweet - and it's ready for pick up in 15 minutes or less!
They've got a good basic selection, it's not "authentic" asian cuisine....definitely the westernized style with the non-asian palate in mind, totally acceptable for the less adventurous on our staff. We always ask for "no MSG", and find it could be a little less salty, just as one might expect. There aren't too many of these kinds of restaurants around anymore, but I seem to remember growing up in the late 80's pretty much all Chinese food tasted like this.
We just finished our lunch today, and if anything the quality of the food has improved. Everything tasted fresh, was hot and reasonably spiced. We ordered Beef and Broccoli, Ginger Spicy Beef, Chow Mein with Black Bean Sauce, Buddha's Fest Vegetables, Chicken Balls, Sweet and Sour Pork, War Won Ton and a couple other items, about 12 dishes in total. Chicken Fried Rice is free with pick up (just ask), plus they always include lots of sauces, paper plates, forks and spoons.
Service is prompt and friendly, and price is pretty good, our group of 8 today was about $100, and have plenty of leftovers.
Although we do take out, we do go in to pick it up. The decor is kinda retro, but truthfully just more dated, with bamboo walls around the outer tables, and lots of reds, including large red booth seating and campy paper placemats on the tables, and they're licensed. Me? I probably wouldn't eat here myself, I prefer more authentic fare, but it's great for a birthday lunch when the boss is paying!
They serve westernized-chinese food but I think it's one of the best. I have sampled many chinese restaurants and few can come close to some of Jade Rabbit's dishes (Gotta love the lemon chicken). Some of my friends even make the trip from New Westminster just to eat there. The service is good if they're not busy, but when they are, it can take a while for food to come out, but that's understandable. The value of the food is average, with dishes rarely exceeding $20. I like the ambiance, it is quiet (if there's not a lot of people) with soft love tunes playing in the background. It's a good place to relax. They also do free delivery in case you have a craving for chinese but don't want to leave the house.
I gave this place three chances because they are so local, the service is okay, the ambiance is okay and the prices are okay. Even the delivery is okay. And they got it right - once - a long time ago - I kept hoping...
The problem is, the food is normally blech-ch. Specifically, all the vegetables in the dishes I ordered were limp and non-succulent. Dying brocolli. The almonds were very aged, The level of saltiness was something truly outdated by today's healthy lifestyle tastes and tended to camouflage the basic tasteless of the veggies. The meat was tough, also poor quality and the noodles were atrocious, unless limp, greasy large quantities of them appeals to the palate.
I wish these guys would get it right again, but I'm not going back for fourths in the hopes that they read this!