Sunday, February 7, 2010

Taste Paradise

Another one of my super outdated posts - too busy to blog :/
Went to Taste Paradise for New Year's Day lunch (better late than never even though it's so outdated!) Taste paradise at Ion had three seatings for lunch, which was quite annoying because we were in the second seating, and the first seating ended at least 20min late. Just as well that their third seating wasn't full or I'd have been really annoyed having to rush through such a delicious lunch.Combination of Pan-seared Foie Gras, Wasabi Mayonnaise Prawn and slice of Peking duck with condiments ($18++ per portion)
The foie gras was very delicious, crispy on the outside, and oozingly soft on the inside. Didn't particularly like the sauce it came with though.
Wasabi Mayo prawn was huge, fresh and juicy, and wasabi taste wasn't too overwhelming. Not a big fan of Pecking duck so no comments for that.Combination of Laksa-infused Prawn, Mini Kurobuta Pork Burger in Chinese Style and Cheesy Bacon Roll ($18++)From Left: Laksa Infused Prawn served on top of a slice of watermelon
I really liked the Mini Kurobuta pork burger. The burger bun was a small deep fried mantou and a little pork patty. I didn't quite like the bacon roll because it had a spongy texture.

Broccoli with Crab Roe and Crab Meat
The vegetable dish was one of the best dishes we had for lunch. The broccoli was just cooked, so it wasn't soggy and waterlogged, but still retained its dark green colour, and had a firm bite. The sauce was not too salty, but incredibly flavourful, with the sweetness of the crab meat and creaminess of the roe. If I'm not wrong, it was about $20 or $24 for the dish, which is pretty pricey, but then again, it's so well executed.

Seafood Noodles (with egg white, can't remember the name again...)
Not too sure what the name of these noodles were, but they were also very very tasty and it even got a thumbs up from my grandmother enjoyed this dish the best (she's rather fussy about her food usually!). The noodles weren't soggy, yet infused with the rich seafood broth.Taste Paradise's famous Custard Buns
I didn't particularly like the custard buns because they didn't have flowing custard (like how some of the reviews said). The custard was a congealed lumpy bright yellow paste, and it wasn't piping hot. We didn't leave it sitting around for a long time either :(
Char siew Pau ($3.80 for 3)
Not bad but not spectacular
Really can't remember the name of this dish. It's either some truffle thing or has the word 'crystal' in the name. I really liked the dumpling skin because it was very thin, translucent and chewy, and the diced vegetables inside was lightly cooked.
Xiao Long Pau
Somehow, when the waitress served this, she said that it was the 'normal' xiao long pau. Since we ordered both the normal xiao long pau as well as the xiao long pau with foie gras, I didn't try this, but in the end, they said that this was the foie gras xiao long pau and not the normal one. It was quite messy that day because they were booked full, but I did think that they could have made an attempt to state the dishes clearly when they served it, since we ordered both types of xiao long paus.
Chee Cheong Fun with Prawn
Pretty average... perhaps I was getting full already...
Deep Fried Beancurd roll with Prawn and Mango.
This was pretty nice, with prawn bits and sweet pulpy mango encased in beancurd skin. Only gripe was that each roll was so runty and small that they were gone in a bite :)
Dainty egg tarts with nice flaky puff pastry skin.
Siew Mai
Lots of prawn used for this siew mai, unlike other places where proportion of minced pork is much more than the portion of prawn used.
Har Kau ($4.80++ for 4)
Prawns very fresh, skin nice and thin.
Desserts! Mango pomelo sago and avocado cream with walnut ice cream. Pretty average again...

Hot almond cream
I think I'd definitely want to return to Taste Paradise again, and not for their dim sum but for their dishes. The dishes I've tried so far were pretty spectacular, and I'd definitely want to try out the other dishes in their menu. On the average, their dim sum is so-so, nothing to rave about, and its slightly pricier than other places.
Taste Paradise
2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 ION Orchard
Tel: +65 6509 9660


ice said...

I'll try the ala carte dishes. Definitely looks more delicious & interesting.

m said...

Hello Ice! alacarte is much better! Loved the noodles and brocolli lots:)