Fo0die dined as a guest of Jade Fox and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Jade Fox is located in Jackson Court, a small shopping area servicing the local Doncaster East community. Opened by the same crew behind 3 Monkeys Place cafe which can also be found in Jackson Court, Jade Fox is located under the new apartment complex in the area.
Parking is available both in the usual Jackson’s Court shopping area, which ranges between 1P to 3P (make sure to check the signs) and at the apartment complex (the parking entrance is next to Aldi), which is 2P. When we arrived at 12pm on a Sunday, Jackson Court was very busy.
The venue’s name Jade Fox is a combination of a family member’s name (keeping with the family theme which the team also adopted for the naming of their cafe) and a Chinese mythological animal, fox, to fit in with the South East Asian cuisine the venue is offering.
At the time we dined, the venue was only 2 weeks old and opened since the end of March 2019. But if our visit to 3 Monkeys Place was anything to go by, we knew this visit would involve tasty dishes.
Entering the venue, a beautiful piece of wall art is on the back of the wall. As we walked towards the wall art, the path splits to the two dining areas on either side.
The decor of the venue is probably best described as industrial but softened with timber covering some of the surfaces, dark tiles on some of the walls, jade coloured seats and hanging greenery from the ceiling.
The venue serves South East Asian cuisine with a lunch menu during the day and a dinner menu at night. We had a look through their lunch menu, which was separated into three columns. The first column contained single serve dishes which could easily be shared, the second are share dishes and sweets and the last column contained drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
Although the current menu contained a lot of Thai flavours, the seafood curry mi dish we were recommended was a fusion of Vietnamese vermicelli with a Malaysian prawn mee. The mix of curry which was salty was balanced with the plain tasting vermicelli which had a nice and smooth texture. The curry soaked into the vermicelli and the consistency was thick enough such that it stuck to the vermicelli. This dish was a little spicy for Mr J who can’t tolerate much heat but was a nice spicy kick for me.
The boat noodle had a lovely broth to it and was very comforting to have but the star at this point was still the seafood curry mi in terms of flavour for us.
The most beautiful looking pad thai we have had to date. Served inside a delicate thin egg net, the dish arrived with 1.5 prawns still in their shell which were cut straight down the centre. The pad thai was on the sweeter side when compared to other pad thai’s we’ve had in the past.
When we asked one of the owners what they wanted Jade Fox to be known for, their answer was simple; a destination for locals looking for a place to celebrate special events in their lives or a special outing with friends and/or families. And based on our dining experience, we think they are on the right track, from the food through to the venue itself. Jade Fox will be one we’ll be keeping on our list for our own family celebrations.
Dishes that make up this review
- Seafood curry mi; king prawn, pippies, vermicelli, onion, leek, thai basil ($19.50)
- Thai boat noodle; pork, morning glory, beef broth ($17)
- Pad thai; king prawn, egg net, tofu, onion, beansprout, carrot, nuts ($18.50)