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Friday, 23 September 2011
Paradise Dynasty (ION Orchard)
A trip down to Paradise Dynasty on a weekday for lunch. We arrive before 12 noon. Do not be mistaken by the queue. They are waiting for either their friends or waiting to be seated. Still lots of space available inside at this time. Do note, you will only be brought inside when all your guest have arrived.
The World's First 8 Flavoured Xiao Long Bao
The World’s First 8 Flavoured Xiao Long Bao which created lots of publicity online and in the media for this restaurant.
Tables near the entrance. This photo was taken as we were leaving at around 130pm. By then, the place was full. Not an easy accomplishment as it was a weekday and the place was huge!
We were seated inside. Here you can spot more empty tables as these photos were taken when we arrived. Huge place with large sitting capacity. Amazing, it was full by 1245pm. Look at setting of this restaurant. Moreover, waiters and waitress were in uniform that makes you feel as if they are serving a prince/princess (you).
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What drinks to order? Water or tea when the price is the same.
Well, we ordered tea, which was refillable.
Legend of Xiao Long Bao
How to eat your Xiao Long Bao?
Signature Dynasty Dumplings (8 flavours) $13.80
Needless to say, we ordered the Signature Dynasty Dumplings. Appearance wise, I would have given a perfect 10. Taste wise, it was a disappointment. Even the original flavour one was so-so. I would still prefer Crystal Jade’s.
Part of La Mian Menu
La Mian with Sliced Pork in Signature Pork Bone Soup $9.80
I ordered the La Mian with Sliced Pork in Signature Pork Bone Soup. The la mian was good, each strand was thin, soft and fragrant. Each piece of pork was thinly sliced. The half an egg was nicely cooked too with its runny yolk. The only down side was that the soup base was quite salty.
Part of La Mian Menu
La Mian in Hot and Sour Soup $8.50
The La Mian in Hot and Sour Soup was supposed to be spicy and sour. But it was way too sour.
Making Xiao Long Bao
Overall, in terms of food, Paradise Dynasty reminds me of Crystal Jade. After tasting the food, I would prefer Crystal Jade’s Xiao Long Bao and La Mian. In terms of service, Paradise Dynasty’s service was prompt and efficient. Felt that Paradise Dynasty’s Xiao Long Bao was over-hyped. Nothing special. But overall, is still a decent place to come for lunch if you are in town especially for its la mian.