A-Roy Thai, our default dining option whenever we’re at Funan Centre, was closed tonight, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it allowed us to try Paradise Inn – the casual home-cooking arm of the Paradise Group of restaurants.
As is the case with most Chinese restaurants, larger parties are better because there were many dishes that I wanted to try, but would’ve been way too much for A and I to finish. I therefore wistfully passed up the fried prawn paste chicken wings and the myriad double-boiled soups, and we settled on two dishes.
First was the coffee pork ribs, which to A’s delight were completely boneless. The pork was really tender, and the coffee element in the sauce wasn’t too overpowering, and just added a pleasantly bitter edge.
The second dish was a Chef’s Special that wasn’t in the main menu – the sliced pork belly with beancurd and dried chilli in claypot. This was somewhat kung pao style, but more savoury and less sour. When the claypot was opened at our table, it was so fragrant that even the waitress instinctively commented “hao xiang ah!”.
The thinly sliced belly pork, some slightly burnt from contact with the hot claypot, was heavenly. It was quite fatty, but sliced thin enough that it didn’t feel greasy or jelak at all. This was just heavenly with plain rice, and at just $10, really good value too.
In fact, our entire meal, including 2 drinks, cost us less than $30 in all, which makes me really look forward to the upcoming outlet of Paradise Inn opening soon at Marina Bay Link Mall. We’ll skip the drinks next time though – the milk tea that we ordered tasted like it was straight out of a (bad) vending machine.
The food was great and portions (even for the small sized dishes we ordered) were huge. Great value for money at $10 per dish. A definite surprise and definitely an option for the future.
109 North Bridge Road
#02-10/11 Funan Mall
Open daily: 11.30 am to 9.30 pm