Nov 17, 2010

Taste Paradise @ ION

9th Oct 2010

As promised we were not going to have dim sum for awhile since the last indulgence at Wah Lok months ago in Apr. After so long, we are craving for it again... lol! Aunt Peggy suggested to try Taste Paradise. Reservation was made a week ago and when it's near we received 3 calls from them for confirmation. A bit 'kiaso' right, so worry that the table was wasted if we don't turn up where they will only hold for 15mins. Seem to be very popular and they only allowed one and half hour sitting for each table on weekends. We were there on a Saturday afternoon and the restaurant were already full house at 11am. Went with high expectation but was not very impressed, more misses than hits.

Overall dim sums quality was average only but pricing was pretty reasonable considering the posh ambiance. We spend about S$30 per person. Service was not up to mark, still need improvements. Why I say that? We were pretty surprised to see a housefly actively flying around our table so we informed the staff. But instead of giving us an apology for the discomfort, he started explaining it was quite normal and it's not their fault but Ion building management fault. Claiming there were lots of that in Ion recently and they had lodged their complaints already. Quite weird right as if we were making such a big fuss over a! Anyway enough of my rantings, let's see what we had ordered...

Crackling Pork Belly - S$12.80++

The pork cubes were smaller than the usual serving size in other restaurants. Anyway this was good, not too fatty, well seasoned and the skin was cracklingly crispy.

Fried Beancurd Roll - S$4.80++

Quite different from the usual flat one as this was filled generously with prawns and the beancurb skin was very light and thin. However I still prefer the traditional one, more skin and more crispy.

Crispy Silver Bait in Special Sauce - S$8.80++

This was nicely done and quite appetizing, the sweet and sour dressing complimented the crispy bait well.

Crispy Fried Eggplant with Floss - S$9.80++

This was not really nice, the floss was too dry and not flossy at all.

Xiao Long Bao - S$3.80++

Pretty ordinary and the skin was a bit too thick.

Scallop Dumpling - S$4.80++

This was not nice, the dumpling skin was thick and starchy. The egg white was bland and can't really taste any sweetness from the scallop. For a moment I was wondering what I was eating.

Har Gao - S$4.80++

Har gao is a benchmark for dim sum restaurants and this one disappoint us very much. Over steamed and not properly shaped, some bigger and some smaller. The moment we picked up with our chopstick, the skin broke away.

Steamed Chicken Feet - S$3.80++

A must order for us, this one was not well steamed as the tendon was a bit hard and didn't have the melt in the mouth texture.

XO Carrot Cake - S$7.80++

One of the signature dishes and was well executed. Carrot cake was soft and flavourful.

Cheong Fun with Scallop - S$5.50++

Not bad, love the chewy texture.

Steamed Glutinous Rice - S$3.80++

This was ordinary too.

Garoupa Fillet Congee - S$6.00++

The porridge was a delight. We had the fish and the century egg porridge, both were nice. Very smooth and tasty.

Egg Tarts - S$3.60++

Not bad, the flaky pastry was buttery and the custard was smooth.

Steamed Custard Bun - S$4.20++

This was not the best one around though the custard was runny but a bit too sweet for my liking. Seem to have more custard than salted yolk as the custard was not sandy.

Taste Paradise @ ION
2 Orchard Turn
#04-07 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6509 9660
Opening Hours
Mon–Fri: 11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30pm–10pm
Sat–Sun–PH: 11am–2.30pm, 5.30pm–10pm


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