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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Enjoying Dim Sum

Just on a Sunday morning when most of us is still lazing at home under the comfortable shelter, we were already walking ups and downs in Ion Orchard before 11am, waiting for Taste Paradise business to be in operation. As usual, crowds were seen roaming about the main entrance even though dining is mainly due for reservations only. I walked up to the counter and indicated my presence with the ladies waiting my name to be called as I had made my reservations earlier on. This was my second visit but this time round with a purpose – to treat mum for her upcoming birthday. Interior was set to oriental chic design with an impressive feel of ancient elegance as we strolled into the restaurant guided by the well dressed ladies in grand Chinese suits. It had given us additional majestic feel with the greetings of the staff as we approached the dining area. Set in the opulence orange lighting trails with the domino placement of vertical wooden boards on its ceilings had illustrated a swishing tail of a dragon body.

The Light Trails - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
The Light Trails
We were directed to a corner of the restaurant and have a bird-eye view of the place. Entire dining ambiance was made magnificence with its dragon’s utensils, table cloths and menu covered by golden fabric.

Utensils - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
Utensils
Pickled vegetables (appetizers) were served with our beverages (Glutinous Rice Tea) and were promptly refilled by the waitresses. It tastes more towards “Tie Guan Yin” to me.
Cost:
S$8.40


Xiao Long Bao with the proverbial flavorful soup that shoot and flows out of the delicate Bao skin. Though thin, it was moist and good enough to contain the soup as we picked it up by the tip (where you can find the thickest portion portion of skin throughout) noting the weight of the big chunk of minced meat within.
Cost: S$4.80 for 4



Xiao Long Bao - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
Xiao Long Bao
Chee Cheong Fun with Scallop. Savour the smooth, fine and thin rice roll with shredded chewy scallops wrapped within. Delicately made with fillings well contained without even breaking through the layers. Added with the light soy sauce and some hints of fragrance from the sesame oil, this version of steamed “intestine-liked” rice rolls are simply worth the taste buds.
Cost:
S$6.20



Chee Cheong Fun with Scallop - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
Chee Cheong Fun with Scallop
BBQ Pork Pastries were simply heavenly. As the waitress doles out these freshly baked pastries in a plate of 3, these glossy looking golden pillows were seen flaky and delicate. As we bite, the red juicy BBQ pork fillings was packed to the fullest that every mouthful does have them within the pastries.
Cost:
S$4.80 for 3



BBQ Pork Pastry - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
BBQ Pork Pastry
The perfect marriage of deep fried prawn and mango in a roll just never fail to disappoint. Mum had made the right choice!
Cost:
S$5.60 for 3



Prawn and Mango Roll - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
Prawn and Mango Roll
It’s half time and I’m almost full. 2 Packets of Steam Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaves, the classic “Lor Mai Kai” but with the “parcel” opening feel as we flipped up the lotus leaves, with the wonderful scent rushes into our senses. Tell me, it’s just hard to stop at this!
Cost:
S$4.60 for 2



Steamed Glutinous Rice - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
Steamed Glutinous Rice
Siew Mai was rather normal and did not have the “Wao” factor like the rest of the dim sum. I would prefer the meat to have a stronger meat taste as the roes added was a little salty for me.
Cost:
S$5.80 for 4



Siew Mai - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
Siew Mai
Har Gao, another common item that one will not miss when having dim sum. Up to the mark but not to die for.
Cost: S$5.80 for 4



Har Gao - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
Har Gao
Steamed Custard Buns is another noteworthy item that one cannot leave the restaurant without trying. Do not judge the overall just by its plain and ordinary white exterior, its seriously addictive especially when you hit the first bite – just like that molten lava, the golden custard flows out continuously.
Cost:
S$8.40 for 3



Steamed Custard Bun - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
Steamed Custard Bun
Whet your appetitie for more to come! XO Carrot Cake lends a nice soft texture within the crunchy sprouts and spring onions.
Cost:
S$7.80



XO  Carrot Cake - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
XO Carrot Cake
BBQ Combi with suckling Pig that strikes just the right punch of crunchy and juicy! It was irrestistible especially when the combi were barbaqued with a exceptional crisp. I just cant stop at one serving!

Cost: S$28.00

BBQ Combi with Suckling Pig - Taste Paradise in Orchard Singapore
BBQ Combi with Suckling Pig
While almost every dishes was remarkable, even for its desserts, we couldn’t take our eyes off them. 3 of our desserts were exaggerating ! Check out in the video!


The Cooling Effect when we received our desserts
Just like enjoying a cup of avocado drink, Taste Paradise’s Avocado With Walnut Ice Cream was rich and creamy.
Cost: S$6.80


Likewise, Mango with Coconut Ice Cream standard were not that bad afterall. Cost: S$6.80

Lime with lemongrass was saltish yet refreshing. Quite refreshing to cleanse the palate after some major savoriness.
Cost:
S$6.80


We were requested to do a survey on mini ipad to note that down.
With 10% of service charge and 7% of GST, it sums up to $127.12 for 3 pax.


Note:
(1) Appetizers cost are inclusive with the tea, therefore even if one omit the dishes, amount still remains the same.
(2) Reservations must be made in advance to avoid disappointments.
(3) Even Reservations were made, customers was given a fixed duration for each table.