Although tragically located in the rat’s nest that is North Montana and Custer, Jade Garden serves the highest quality Chinese food you can get in Helena. I don’t know Asian food very well, so I don’t know if Chinese food in Helena is really “Chinese” food, much the same way as we smother beans and hamburger with cheese and call it “Mexican” food. All I know is, when you order chicken something or other at Jade Garden, you’re pretty sure it’s chicken instead of whatever wandered in the back door. That said, I find many of the dishes bland, and only in the last couple of years have settled upon a few tasty regulars.
To wit: General Tso’s chicken, a good representation of this tasty dish, not too spicy, but you can ask for it hotter; walnut shrimp, served in an almost addictive, slightly sweet cream sauce; garlic tofu, spicy with assorted veggies. All very good entrees, served with white or fried rice.
We ordered to go and someone other than me (thankfully) made the trip north to pickup. The restaurant itself is nice and all, but sterile and a little weird. Loads of people pack the place every night, but I’ve only been one of them on a handful of occasions. All in all, not innovative or anything, but consistently good food. And unless you’re really hungry, you can get by with one entree split between two people, especially if you add a couple egg rolls.