Jade Court

University Village / Little Italy | Website Map
Find Parking

The owners are Eddy Cheung and his daughter, Carol, who owned and operated Phoenix restaurant. The Cheungs didn’t do much to the dining room of the brick-exposed building in the center of all things Italian food.  They refinished the oak floors and oak crown molding, and left the pressed-tin ceilings in place. A few booths departed, along with the red-and-white checked tablecloths. A few pieces of abstract art and a treasured piece of Chinese calligraphy hang on the repainted walls. The menu is typical of most Chinese menus — dozens of poultry, pork, beef, seafood and noodle dishes — but the way to order, as it was for in-the-know Phoenix regulars, is to ask what the kitchen is up to that evening. This is an especially fail-safe option when Carol Cheung is on the floor (which is most of the time), because she’ll come up with suggestions you might never have selected otherwise. On a smaller scale, there’s chopstick-tender beef tenderloin in a house sauce of Worcestershire, tomato and vinegar; and braised fish (boneless grouper, flash-fried and finished with ginger and scallion, over tofu).There are the usual almond cookies and fortune cookies at dessert, but if you’re craving something sweet, consider the fresh-fruit smoothies, which are thankfully light on added sugar.Lunch is a very good time to visit the restaurant. In addition to the budget-friendly specials (soup, egg roll, fried-rice entree, $10.95) and Hong Kong-syle cafe rice dishes ($9.95), Jade Court offers dim sum 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day (closed Tuesday).