I paid my first visit to Paradise Dynasty today, after wanting to try out their colourful 小笼包 for the longest time.
“Paradise Dynasty is a casual dining concept by Paradise Group Holdings that dishes up an affordable selection of northern and southern Chinese cuisine, including a star list of 8 uniquely flavoured Xiao Long Baos and signature pork bone soup La Mian, right in the heart of Singapore’s shopping belt at ION Orchard. “– From their website
“ Be wowed by the restaurant’s plush dining ambience that is intricately designed to capture the bygone era of Imperial China in a contemporary fashion. The expansive 206-seater is adorned with textured wood pillars and wall panels made from 100 year old timber and dressed in rich deluxe colours for a stunning contrast. The restaurant’s dining space is further enhanced by the mood lighting of the customised imperial court lamp chandeliers and the golden sculptural centerpiece, a befitting backdrop for a Qin Dynasty Emperor’s throne.” – From their website
When you step into the restaurant, you’ll get to walk past the kitchen which you can peek into as the wall is see through glass. You’ll get to see the chefs moulding the小笼包 of different colours skillfully.
Based on the items offered on the menu, this restaurant seems to be equivalent to Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, serving小笼包 and 拉面 mainly, as well as other Shanghainese dim sum and cooked dishes.
The proper method of eating小笼包.
They offer 8 different flavors: Original, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Crab Roe, Ginseng, Cheesy, Garlic, Szechuan
10pc Steamed Shanghai Foie Gras Pork Dumpling – $19.80++
10pc Steamed Shanghai Black Truffle Pork Dumpling – $19.80++
The soup from the Foie Gras dumpling.
The taste of Foie Gras was very light in the dumplings. It was barely detectable, actually, until you had more of them. If you’re looking for a strongly different taste from the original flavour, this may not meet your expectations and you could go for the original flavour at $9.80++ for 10pcs.
The soup from the black truffle dumpling.
The flavour of mushroom was very distinctive.
Disregarding the flavours, the dumpling itself was quite delicious. I would say it’s one of the better ones around. The size of each dumpling isn’t small either. It’s much better than that served at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao for sure. I’m not sure how it compares to Din Tai Fung or Nan Xiang though.
I forsee that I would revisit to try other flavours like cheesy, crab roe or garlic.
Seafood Pork Bone Soup La Mian – $15.80++
I tried a small portion of it and the soup was very flavourful and delicious. The noodles were smooth and springy too. It comes with half an egg, scallop, prawns, crab meat and some vegetables.
However, the yolk of the egg seems to have disappeared. I was looking forward to trying the yolk.
I would recommend the pork bone soup series of la mian as the soup was really good.
As for La Mian, it was MUCH better than their Crystal Jade equivalent, although it may not be exactly fair to compare since the price was notably higher. I wouldn’t mind returning to try more of their La Mian either.
There was a compulsory charge of $2.40++ for 2 pax, for Chinese tea. They have a server who could perform Kung Fu Tea for you and it was quite an interesting sight.
Just 1 bowl of noodles and 20 小笼包 was filling enough for 2 as my partner and I walked out of the restaurant feeling super full!
Overall: For a restaurant of this genre (拉面and小笼包), this should be one of the better ones. I would return.
2 Orchard Turn
#04-12A ION Orchard
Tel: 6509 9118 (no reservations)
11.00am – 10.00pm (Mon – Fri)
10.00am – 10.00pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
Last order 9.30pm
Mon – Fri:
8am – 5pm $2.67 1st hr, $0.64 per 15 min
5pm – 12am $2.00 per entry
Sat, Sun & P/H:
8am – 5pm $3.74 1st 2hrs, $0.64 per 15 min
5pm – 12am $3.74 per entry
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