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2013-03-23 32 views
First time visitors to Canton Paradise Restaurant at B1 of 112 Katong may find it just a little eerie with chilly aircon, bare granite walls and dim lighting (think The Ship Restaurant), if not for the show kitchen with big windows, the staff who greet & show you the way to your table and the buzz of diners' conversations inside the dining hall itself. The main colour theme was royal purple upholstery on dull granite gray. There are round tables that seat up to 10 each, booth seats for groups of
We opted for dim sum with free flow Chinese tea at $1.20++ per head. Only Pu Er tea is served (unless you opt for HK style milk teas from the menu which is not free flow).
Sharks Fin Dumpling Soup ($8.80++ for a single serving) ~ This was supposed to be a prelude to our dimsum lunch but ended up being served last. Perhaps demand for this soup is low so it is only prepared by the chef after diners order it. The dumpling skin resembling wonton pastry was thin & chewy, sealing in a mound of assorted dried seafood, diced dried shitake mushroom, diced yunnan ham & some loose strands of sharks fins. The double boiled soup that the dumpling was immersed in was flavorful. However, I prefer the version served at Imperial Treasure as the clearer consomme served there allowed the flavour of the dumpling's contents/fillings to take centrestage.
Steamed Rice Rolls with BBQ Pork Filling ($4.50++ for a small plate) ~ The rice rolls were soft & smooth, with balanced proportion of the rice flour wrap & diced BBQ pork. Would have preferred leaner cut of & less finely diced BBQ pork bits so that we can better appreciate the quality & taste of the meat.
Steamed Egg White & Scallop Dumpling ($4.80++ for 3pcs) ~ This was excellent, thin translucent rice paper parcels each containing a fresh scallop, steamed in a silky egg white custard & drizzed with superior soya sauce. My favourite dim sum item that is not offered at other mid-priced Cantonese restaurants like Crystal Jade & Imperial Treasure.
Deep Fried Teochew Dumpling ($4.20++ for 3pcs) ~ an oval dumpling of faintly sweet-tasting glutinous rice flour skin and savoury filling of diced roast duck, roast pork, carrot & turnip. The skin was thin, the filling was tasty & it is less heavy than other deep fried dim sum like yam puffs.
Cheesy Bacon Rolls ($4.80++ for 3pcs) ~ these are toothsome rolls of fresh squid paste wrapped in bacon & fried till delightfully crispy, then coated in melted cheese. Yummy.
The restaurant used to offer at lunchtime a dish of blanched leafy greens served with oyster sauce ($6.00++) so that diners could have some fibre with their dim sum for a balanced meal. This has now been taken off their lunch selections, so if diners want a balanced meal, they would have to pick a stir fried vegetable dish from the a la carte menu, with prices starting from $12.80++ for a standard/regular portion.
We decided not to order dessert here so that we could have the final course of our meal at Honeymoon HK Dessert Cafe which is located just around the corner on the same floor as Canton Paradise.
Service was polite and prompt, in line with the standards at all Paradise Group's restaurants.
Overall it was a pleasant dining experience.