I went for lunch at around 2+, after the lunch crowd? Because i know the queue takes forever during the peak hour. Evident from the throngs of people gathering around outside the restaurant during peak mealtimes.
The waiters and waitresses are crazily friendly!
Once you enter the restaurant, they greet you with an arousing "huan ying guang ling" (welcome to patron, lol direct translation). It gets annoying after all as they do it for every single customer.
Especially for me as they sat me next to the kitchen and everyone passes through there. But the service was prompt as there were so many of them! However, they seem to have little knowledge of the specific dishes, so it's better to ask those with more senior position.
The environment was very lively due to the random welcoming by the waiters, decor was bare-minimal as the restaurant was catering to more patrons at once. Thus, the lack of many ornaments around. It was an open kitchen concept so patrons can see the chefs pulling the la mian and wrapping the xiao long baos.
1. Radish Pastry - $3.90
I tried this dish before and i absolutely loved it. The radish was sweet and crunchy and the outer fried layer was crispy! NICE NICE NICE!
Sadly, there was something wrong with the whole batch of radish pastry that day. The radish was sour and we complained to the manager who quickly apologize and went to the kitchen to taste the dish. Indeed, the chef felt it was sour too and changed the whole batch! The manager couldn't compensate a new radish pastry so he just kept apologizing. STILL! I'll recommend this dish!
2. Steamed Vege Dumpling - $3.60
OK dish, nothing too special about this. Filled with chives and spring onion? not sure of the particular vege. This dish is meat free as well, so it's not too filling. The skin was just nice, not too hard/soft. Try it with the ginger, quite a nice mix.
3. La Mian Steamed with D/boiled Chicken Soup - $10.80
Noodles with separate soup. The double boiled chicken soup was simple and nice. Nothing fanciful about it but the soup was delicious! It has only about 2-3 pieces of chicken inside but the main attraction is the la mian. Very springy! and it doesn't let the eater feel tired of eating it.
4. La Mian with Dried Shrimp & Scallion (Dry) - $6.80
We ordered this to share as we wanted a plain noodle to go with the other dishes. The dried shrimp and scallion smelt soooo nice! MAybe i was a little hungry but i thought that this was indeed simplicity at its best! They gave a small bowl of soup too, i think just in case it gets too dry after being exposed when patrons chat and eat at the same time.
5. Sautéed Kai Lan with Ginger Sauce - $12.00
Very overpriced!! ): 9-10 stalks of kailan and it cost $12! I recommend the other vegetables, although they only have 4 (sautéed spinach w minced garlic, sautéed australian lettuce and the other 2 we ordered) to choose from. This one will be one of the more expensive one. Luckily, it was sweet and fresh enough.The kai lan was all very young, more juicy too!
6. Sautéed Cabbage - $12.00
More worthy of the price since there were relative more stalks. Eating veggies at restaurants always cost a bomb seeing as how cheap veggies are. The cabbage was on the softer side and not as crunchy, might have boiled for a little too long, but it was still juicy.
8. Poached Slice Fish in Szechuan Style - $18.80
This was definitely a szechuan dish. The number of chillies in the dish was uncountable. Practically a chilli soup!! Definitely not for the faint-hearted. The fish was very smooth and soft, felt like jelly! There was this indescribable layer of coating around it? Gave the fish an extra taste. Wonderful! The chilli added an extra oomph! to the dish! Look at the amount of chilli we fished out from the bowl
, it could be a dish on it's own!
I will definitely patronize paradise dynasty 2 again for the great food and service!
la mian with dried shrimp & scallion,radish pastry
Date of Visit: Dec 23, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately $22(Lunch)Other Ratings: