I’d eaten in Paradise Dynasty in Ion shopping mall once before to have their signature Xiao Long Bao which comes in eight different flavours and had really enjoyed it so I went back again yesterday for lunch as they’re currently having a Fave offer which gives you a $50 voucher that can be used for food and drinks for only $28.80 – too good an offer to miss!
We had a late lunch at around 2.30pm so the restaurant was nice and quiet and we were given a booth table. Previously when I had dined there it wasn’t such a comfortable experience as it was during a weekday lunch rush so we were sat on a smaller table that was literally centimetres away from the couple seated next to us that I felt we were having a cosy lunch with them.
The menu offers a variety of dim sum (not as many options as I would have liked though), soup, appetisers, meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, rice and handmade La Mian noodles. They also have some very tempting looking Chinese desserts.
$50 actually gets you quite a lot at Paradise Dynasty, we managed to order everything that we wanted to try including the Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork ($12.80), Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao in 8 flavours ($14.80), Radish Pastry ($4.80), La Mian with Pork Dumpling in Hot Chilli Vinaigrette ($9.80) and Pan-fried Pancake with Red Bean Paste ($6.90). All this plus two iced waters and wet towels came up to $59.20 and it was more than enough food for the two of us that we had to take away some of it.
The Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao in 8 flavours was as good as I remember them to be. They came in Original, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic and Szechuan flavours. If you’ve never had a Xiao Long Bao before it’s basically like a steamed pork dumpling with soup inside. The skin of the Xiao Long Bao in Paradise Dynasty were smooth and thin and each Xiao Long Bao was subtly flavoured. There’s vinegar and shredded ginger available on the table which you can dip the Xiao Long Bao into.
The Radish Pastry was deliciously light and crispy stuffed with juicy strips of radish.
The handmade La Mian noodles were smooth and silky (there’s an open kitchen near the entrance to the restaurant where you can see the chefs making the noodles) and the dumplings that came with it were generously stuffed with juicy pork. The hot chilli vinaigrette that was mixed with the noodles wasn’t really spicy and it delicately flavoured the noodles.
My favourite dish was definitely the Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork. Gosh had I been craving for a good sweet and sour pork recently and this one completely hit the mark on flavour. The pieces of deep fried pork where coated in a thin crunchy batter and the sauce was a perfect balance of sweet and tart.
The Pan-fried Pancake with Red Bean Paste for dessert, although fried, was not too heavy and the pancake was thin and crispy. One of my favourite Chinese desserts it was a great ending to a delicious meal.
I’ll definitely be back a lot more to Paradise Dynasty to try their other dishes as everything that I’ve had there so far has been very good and the food is reasonably priced. Service is very friendly and helpful, food came out really quickly except there was a bit of a delay with the dessert but that was sorted out promptly. It seems to be a very popular restaurant so it can get crowded but if you go during off peak times it’s actually a nice restaurant to relax in and enjoy a meal.
Paradise Dynasty (ION branch)
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Unit 04-12A ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 (Nearest MRT: Orchard)
Tel: 9116 6487
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10.30am – 10pm
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Paradise Dynasty review, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!