Thursday, June 21, 2012

Taste Paradise

C says:

This is probably the last Paradise Group outlet that we hadn't tried (not counting their catering and seafood joints). We started a long weekend of decadent excess with a dim sum lunch at the Ion branch.

They have 2 different versions of chicken feet - the ubiquitous black bean sauce version, and one stewed in abalone sauce. I love chicken feet and decided to try the more interesting option.

When the plate arrived I was shocked at the sheer amount. It was a lot of chicken feet for one person to plow through. The sauce was pretty good but I would've preferred if it had been stewed just a little bit longer, so that the cartilege came more cleanly off the bones.

Their liu sha bao (custard lava bun) is a specialty, and for good reason. The filling was really oozy, with a good sweet-salty balance. There was an interesting dim sum with bacon wrapped with tofu skin, and steamed with silken tofu. 

Another interesting dim sum item was fried cheong fun stuffed with eggplant and minced pork. I liked the different textures - the creamy filling, the slightly chewy cheong fun and the crisp exterior of the fried skin.

One of their signature dishes is their XO carrot cake. This has been recreated in many restaurants but their version is definitely a cut above the rest. The carrot cake cubes are full of flavour and really soft and not starchy, and the XO sauce is pretty spicy and packs quite a punch.

We ordered a token vegetable dish in the form of chilled asgaragus with a truffle and mustard vinaigrette. This would've been ordinary but for the very interesting vinaigrette.

We shared a single portion of their chilled ramen with bacon and truffle sauce. This was a bit strange, because the flavours seemed to be more appropriate for a hot dish rather than a cold one.

Overall, I wasn't particularly blown away. Maybe we had to try more of their fusion items to get a better idea of what they're really good at.

A says:

Maybe we should come back for the really expensive dishes if we want to be blown away. But for a regular meal with cheaper dishes, I’d rate it as okay only.

Taste Paradise
2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 ION Orchard
Tel: 6509-9660
Mon – Fri         
11.30 am – 3 pm; 6 pm – 11 pm
Sat, Sun & PH  
11 am – 4.30 pm; 6 pm – 11 pm 

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