Dim sum feast @ Ion orchard

Previously I wrote about Paradise Group’s Beauty in The Pot in the hotpots post.

This time, we’ll also explore more of Paradise Group’s restaurants. Let’s talk dim sum. Taste paradise existed at Ion for the longest of time. Yes, we tried their sister restaurant Paradise Dynasty for Xiaolongbaos, la mien and some of their dishes which were pretty good but never at the more up market Taste Paradise. Probably because it’s popular and not as easy to get a table and because of it’s intimidating ‘fine dine’ appearance, which is really not. Most if not all can afford to eat there at least once.

Now, I had a very good impression of Taste Paradise because of the good reviews from those I know. And so, we made a reservation for a dim sum lunch. We managed to book a table for 7 at 2pm on a Saturday. Their last order is at 3.30pm so we’d have ample time to enjoy.

Upon arrival at 2pm, we were told to wait… And we waited for at least 15min before we were told that our table is being set. This was a slight disappointment in their service. Business was so brisk that their turnover is back to back. So please make reservation to guarantee a table.

The restaurant was huge. We were ushered to our table within a private room shared among a few tables. As we were already looking over the menu while waiting, we had some idea of what to order. Service of the wait staff were good so that made up for the earlier disappointment.

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Let’s do a run down of what’s good & what’s not on a scale of 1 to 10 (being the best)

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0615.png 8.5/10 – love the fluffy crust and warm custard. These were served at the start of the meal, strange but so lovely to eat upon serving, nice and hot!

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0616.png 7.5/10 – nice and fluffy but nothing special to shout about

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0618.png 7/10 – prawns were fresh and crunchy but do not taste different from other fine restaurants. We also order har gow (no picture) but similarly, nothing special.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0619.png 8/10 – usually I’d prefer the steamed pork buns but this time, this beat the chat Siew pao hands down

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0620.png 9/10 – oohlala, I love chicken feet and this was braised differently. Not the usual deep fried then steamed in black bean sauce kind. Abalone sauce I think was used as the braising liquid.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0622.png 8.5/10 – I’d usually shy away from Wu koks but this, was delicious and I liked the stuffing!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0623.png 8/10 – pretty good and moist rice with delicious stuffing

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0624.png 8.5/10 – looks of a normal unappetizing spring roll but there’s smoked duck wrapped within. Nice surprise!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0625.png To be honest I did not try this but from other reviews, it seemed like a hit.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0626.png 9/10 – ooh yummy, need I say more?

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0627.png 9/10 – being an eggplant lover, I cannot resist ordering this. It’s simply divine.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0628.png 5/10 – this was really disappointing. Not only is it dry, it wasn’t tasty and the pre fried carrot cake was a little tough for my liking. Would pass on this.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0629.png 8.5/10 – this was pretty good. All snapped up not long after serving.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0630.png 7.5/10 – this was quite nice but heavy. A ball will fill you up pretty quickly. I probably would not order this next time.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0631.png5/10 – this was so oily, not only is it deep fried, every bite is oozing with mayonnaise. Would give it a miss.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0632.png I also did not get to try this as I was stuffed. But others say it’s a nay.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a1d/42412042/files/2015/01/img_0634.png 9/10 – one must never miss this no matter how stuffed. Soft fluffy bun and hot (it’s really HOT) molten salted egg yolk custard. Ooh I’m drooling as I’m typing…

Overall I like This restaurant. Go for those rated above 8 and you probably won’t go wrong.

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