Given my family background, friends tend to ask me more on places to go for dim sum. Well I do have a list of preferred places, but that doesn't stop me from constantly looking out for new ones!
Before the school term started (now that it had ended already, you know how backlogged this was..), I met up with a JC/Uni buddy for lunch when he was craving for some good ol Cantonese nibbles. We wanted to explore somewhere new to both of us, and so Taste Paradise came to mind!
Located at Ion Orchard, the restaurant had a royal yellow theme and was given a modern touch by its ceiling and wall designs. Lunch on a weekday was surprisingly packed with businessmen entertaining their clients and tai-tais having their midday break from shopping.
Pu-er Tea ($2.90/pax)
I previously stated that the Paradise Group seemed to have custom-made cutleries for their different brands, as the ones here had an interesting cross between classic chinaware and new age tableware. The buddy preferred the pure, dark taste of Pu-er tea, so Pu-er we shall have!
Century Egg Congee ($4.50), Shrimp Cheong Fun ($5.50)
The congee was alright but could be thicker and more flavourful, though there really wasn't too much to complain given the pricing. So far, Crystal Jade Kitchen's porridge range still had the best consistency.
Skins for the steamed rolls, on the other hand, was rather well done. Smooth and slightly translucent, I had enough of a bad run of powdery, thick skin to finally savour this. We also ordered another portion with charsiew fillings ($4.80).
Prawn Dumplings ($4.80), Siew Mai ($4.80)
Nothing to shout about, as both dimsum staples were pretty decent with no skin-stuck-on-paper incidents.
Xiao Long Bao ($4.20), Steamed Pork Ribs ($3.80)
I should haven known better to even attempt it. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they shifted a tray or two of these from Paradise Dynasty next door. Thick skin, negligible soup, poor presentation. Enough said.
Oh well, stick to the Cantonese snacks and you wouldn't go wrong! Tender meat in light black bean sauce. No complaints there!
Steamed Custard Bun ($4.20)
And this, I had to save for the last! The buddy never had a flowing custard bun before, so I kept my fingers crossed for it to not disappoint..
And it certainly didn't! The golden liquid flowed out perfectly as I peeled open the thin, fluffy skin. No fancy flavouring, just good ol custard with a strong hint of salted egg yolk. Scored really well!
Bill for two was $49.70 after taxes. Though dimsum quality wasn't particularly outstanding on the overall, I thought it was reasonable given its location, ambience and attentive service. At least I know I will be back for the custard buns!
Taste Paradise #04-07 Ion Orchard Tel: 6509 9660
Taken with Nikon D70
On a side note, I noticed that my traffic counter had surpassed 100,000 unique visitors! Wow, pretty amazing growth in the past year or so. Whoever and wherever you are, thank you for dropping by!