Saturday, May 12, 2012

Canton Paradise

C says:

We're big Paradise Group fans, though not all their offerings are stellar. Granted, their higher end Paradise Pavilion has some misses as well as hits, but their more casual outlets - Paradise Inn and Paradise Dynasty - always satisfy.

We were pretty psyched to hear that 2 more Paradise concepts were opening at JCube, the new Jurong East entertainment complex across the street from where A's parents live. Kungfu Paradise is a casual cha chan teng, and Canton Paradise is a dim sum, noodle and congee house.

We tried Canton Paradise with A's family tonight, and got a bunch of dim sums as well as some noodle dishes. It's worth mentioning that we were there at about 8 pm and a number of the dishes that we wanted to order were already sold out.

We won't write about everything that we had, just some of the dishes worth mentioning. They have a section of innovative dim sums, from which we ordered the HK honey bbq pork bun and the bacon cheese rolls. Both were very good. The bacon rolls had bacon and cheese wrapped round shrimp then deep fried. The bbq pork bun was a combination of a HK polo bun and a char siew bao. They have this at Paradise Pavilion  too, and it was just as good here.

The belly pork char siew was super fatty, even for me. I would've preferred it with a bit more lean meat for contrast, because right now it was about 80% fat. 

The Canton steamed chicken was a bit disappointing. It was ordinary chicken rice chicken that lacked oomph. It came with a dipping sauce that I thought was some kind of ginger oil, but turned out to be a rather bland chicken jus. 

I had the shrimp wonton noodle soup, and A had the roast pork dry noodle. The roast pork on his was good, but I found everything else - the wonton and the noodles themselves - to be a bit disappointing. 

At least the liu sha bao here was good, with a very good oozy centre and light soft bun.

All things considered, with the exception of some of the dim sum dishes, I think the standard at Canton-i  is much higher for the same kind of food. And you don't have to wait an hour for a table.

A says:

Nice, but when it’s crowded, I don’t think it’s worth queuing up for.

Canton Paradise
2 Jurong East Central 1
#02-09 JCube
Tel: 6684-5080
Mon to Fri: 11 am – 9.30 pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 10.30 am – 9.30 pm


Anonymous said...

Already handed in a feedback form over a week ago. Not sure if I've replicated the ratings correctly. However, I did give a 'zero' rating for the portion size and value for money. Won't waste too much of my time, so will comment on the worst dish. Marbled beef with scallions at $16.80++. Could not see any beef so asked waitress (who was very embarassed) to ask the manager. Manager did not even entertain the query. Counted 6 slices of beef under the scallions. That's $3.27 per slice of beef. Change both the photograph and name of the dish (suggest Scallions with a bit of beef) or serve proper portions. What an embarassment to Chinese (Hong Kong-Cantonese) cuisine.

Naomi Chan said...

The noodles remind me of Mayim's Chicken Noodle in