The Paradise Group has been rapidly expanding its reach to every corner of Singapore these couple of years, targeting customers from all walks of life with its various dining concepts and unique fares. However, with such rapid expansion, issues such as quality control is definitely a main concern to be addressed.
We’ve been loyal supporters of the Paradise franchise for more than a year now. As it’s my birthday month (meaning I’ll be able to reap 20% rebate), we decided to visit Canton Paradise (Jcube branch) for a catch up session with some old friends (and ultimately, make use of the birthday month privilege). The queue was, as usual, exceptionally long on a Friday night and we waited for almost 30mins to get seated. Sadly, the quality of food has lost its glorious past and the only thing worth reminiscing was the commendable service level (which we were glad the management had maintained at all its branches). Signature congee ($10.80++)
The congee, consisting of scallops, prawns and grouper fillets, was smooth and silky, just like how Cantonese style congee should be. Although the congee was rich in ingredients, it somehow lacked the flavours, sweetness and essences embodied in the ingredients. Overall, it was still a decent bowl of congee, but definitely not worth the wait and price tag.
BBQ Pork, a.k.a Char Siew ($10.80++)
We initially wanted to order a two-dish combination (BBQ Pork + Chicken) but the waiter informed us that the chicken was out of stock. We then requested for roasted duck and again, it was out of stock. Bleh…
In the end, we decided to just have the BBQ Pork only.
By far, this was the highlight of the night. The pork was succulent and tender, with the right mix of fats and meat. The BBQ sauce was tasty and brought out the full flavours of this delectable dish, canton style. We were glad this dish didn’t disappoint us.
Sliced Fish Noodle ($8.80++)
My friend totally regretted ordering this. There were many tiny bones embedded within the grass carp fillet, making it a total nuisance to keep clearing the bones with each single bite. Throughout dinner, my friend was constantly busy trying not to get choked by the bones and had to literally fish out the bones. Custard Bun ($5.20++ for 3 pcs)
We were awestruck when we first tasted their custard buns, but this time round, we were awfully stricken. The buns were tough and kind of grainy, not the soft and fluffy ones we used to have. The fillings were also a huge disappointment as it was not the smooth, rich and gooey type that burst into immense ecstasy with single bite.
Overall, it was disappointing, even to the point of depressing, to see one of my favourite restaurants experience such a tremendous plunge in food quality.
My two cents worth, keep the servers and change the chef.
Date of Visit: 2013-01-25