Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Last Thursday was Grandpa-to-be’s birthday and as I have mentioned he is not adventurous in food – Chinese cuisine, in particular, the Teochew and Cantonese are his main favourites. Thus, it was only natural we picked a Cantonese restaurant to celebrate his special day!

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Taste Paradise at ION Orchard is considered a fine dining din sum place.
The service was efficient and the dining environment French Chinois “grandeur”.

Paradise Group’s Concept

“Poised as a diners’ paradise for Oriental cuisine, the Paradise Group offers gourmet menus of exceptional value in a wide variety of restaurant concepts together with a catering arm.

Promising a sensorial experience with service from the heart, every concept immerses the diner in an atmosphere that captures the finer points of Chinese culture, particularly the finest from its rich array of culinary delights.

True to our mission to improve, enhance and create for its our customers’ the ultimate experiential enjoyment, the Paradise Group marries tradition with innovation – a match that, as they say, is made in heaven.” – Paradise Group’s website

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

The appetiser offered this time was quite different from the usual braised peanuts, pickled acar or caramelised walnuts.
These were melon strips (likely wintermelon) soaked in orange juice.
They were crunchy (not too hard so could have been par boiled) and sweet and tart from the juice.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Our lunch may not be the most healthy fare but I am pleased Paradise Group does their bit in healthy eating.

Cooking Masterclass For NUH (National University Hospital)

“We are pleased to be working together with National University Hospital to conduct cooking Masterclass for cancer patients and their caregivers. The first class conducted by Paradise Inn on 27 April was a success with a cooking demonstration of two healthy and delicious dishes that the participants sampled on the spot. With a cheerful and amicable group of participants who love food and asked questions actively during the class, you can be sure that our chefs enjoyed themselves at the class as well!” – Paradise Group’s Admin At 06/05/2015

Without further adieu, let’s dive into our 廣州茶飲 lunch!

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Har Gao (4 pcs) – S$5.80
Traditionally, har gao should have at least seven and preferably ten or more pleats imprinted on its wrapper.
The shrimp must be cooked through, but not overcooked.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Dumpling with Wild Fungus (3 pcs) _ S$5.80
I thought these were the Teochew-styled Dumplings and I was delighted to be wrong.
The wild fungus were moist and quite refreshing.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Siew Mai (4pcs) – S$5.80
Traditionally, the amount of meat should be generous, yet not so much that it cannot be eaten in one bite.
Here, they ignore tradition and gave us generous meaty bites which I preferred.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

XLB (4 pcs) – S$4.80
Xiao Long Bao’s skin must be thin yet be sturdy enough not to break when picked up with chopsticks.
Surprisingly, the standard XLB here was better than those at Paradise Dynasty (sister company, a few doors away. See post link below).

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Pork Dumpling with Foie Gras (4 pcs) – S$8.80
I can’t really taste the foie gras but it was still an interesting rendition.
Good XLB, or all steamed dumplings for that matter, must not stick to the paper, container or the other XLB in the basket.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Fried Beancurd Skin (3 pcs) – S$5.80
Ordinary tasting but these had meaty (prawn) bites.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Cheong Fun with Dough Fritter – S$4.80
The soya sauce was poured at the table when serving so as not to make the fritters soggy.
Indeed, the dough fritters were still crispy when I ate them.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

X.O. Carrot Cake – S$7.80
X.O. Sauce with shrimp bits, beansprouts, scallions and scrambled eggs gave this simple carrot cake dish a delicious, crisp and chewy texture all at once.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

2 BBQ Combination Roasts – S$20
I didn’t get to taste the roast pork belly at all so I gathered it must be good to be gone before I could stab at it.
The roast duck was crispy on the skin, tender and moist inside. It went very well with the plum sauce provided.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Ramen with Scallops in SS – S$10
What is SS? Special Sauce?

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Ramen with Scallop, Tobiko and Bonito Flakes.
We ordered 3 portions.
The birthday boy had one all to himself since noodles represent longevity in Chinese tradition.
Vanessa and I shared one while Ryan and Valerie shared the other.
Ryan is a big fan of scallops, too bad there’s only one fat scallop in this dish.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Edamame Tofu with Crab Roe – S$26

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

The green colouring was from the peas (Edamame).
I’ve had standard tofu (whitish), egg tofu (yellowish), charcoal tofu (blackish grey) and now edamame tofu (green)!
What will they come up next?

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Steamed Custard Buns (3 pcs) – S$5.80

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Aka Liu Sar Bao, the oozing hot larva like salted egg yolk custard is what we are looking forward to each time we break into these.

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION

Mango Pudding – S$5.

Taste Paradise Bill-28

I don’t remember anyone having a steamed rice…

We had a great time bonding over lunch; catching up on the latest happenings in each other’s lives and sharing news worthy titbits.

The hearty meal was satisfying but I was only interested in scrutinising the dumplings in Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION. I wondered if their XLB had a minimum of 18 pleats on their wrappers. Hahaha… Anyway, all their dumplings had thin, translucent and smooth skin dough which did not break easily when picked up with chopsticks. So what’s the big deal, you ask. Well, dumplings are said to be the one that the skill of a dim sum chef is judged on. Basing on that, I must agree then that the chefs did a very good job here, and which is to be expected when dining in any of Paradise Group’s restaurants!

Happy birthday dearie! 😀

Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION
Address: 2 Orchard Turn.
#04- 07, ION Orchard.
Singapore 238801.

Tel: (+65) 6509 9660.

Opening hours: Daily
Lunch: 11am – 3pm (Mon – Fri)
Dinner: 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri)
Sat – Sun: 11am – 11pm

Happy eating and bonding 🙂

See more Dim Sum posts here:
A TASTE OF PARADISE – 樂天皇朝
HONG KONG DIM SUM 香港点心 @ NEW CENTURY FOOD PARADISE
YUM CHA (CHINATOWN) RESTAURANT 飲茶酒楼
YUM CHA IS CHINESE BRUNCH – 點心
CHINESE TAPAS, ANYONE?
MEET THE PARENTS @ IMPERIAL TREASURE NAN BEI RESTAURANT 御宝南北小馆
HUA TING RESTAURANT 華廳 @ ORCHARD HOTEL
DIN TAI FUNG RESTAURANT 鼎泰豐
KUN SHU FOOD STALL 根叔美食世家 – UPMARKET FOOD AT HAWKER PRICES
CHOON MING BAO DIAN 春茗手工包点
VICTOR’S KITCHEN – GOLDEN EGG YOLK LAVA BUN 黄金流沙包
MAD ABOUT MAD! – MODERN ASIAN DINER (Ceased Operation)

In Malaysia:
RESTORAN CLAN 大家城点心茶楼 @ SRI PETALING
DELICIOUS MAKAN TRAIL IN BATU PAHAT, JOHOR, MALAYSIA! PART 1 (CHOP SEE KEE WANTON MEE 張亞泗雲吞面)

In Macau:
PETRUS RESTAURANT 碧翠轩餐厅 @ THE LANDMARK HOTEL MACAU
THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE @ KING RESTAURANT 帝皇樓 (MACAU) – They serve very good Dim Sum and Claypot Rice.

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Comments
8 Responses to “Taste Paradise 味之楼 @ ION”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Great photos, Sam. This looks like quality food. I like Cheong Fun, no matter how it’s cooked. 🙂
    Hope the birthday boy enjoyed the meal and family time, before the cries of the baby arrives. 🙂

  2. Things to be grateful for:
    birthdays, good food and a loving family,
    and especially a family that is growing.
    Love, hugs and blessings, ME and the Boss

  3. The Mouse says:

    Awesome photography! Drool! 🙂

  4. wow, looks deliicous and comforting food…
    don’t forget to burned out the whole calories out too Sam, LOL

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