Upon stepping foot, one would instantly have that grand feel to it. Their light emits this golden feel that matches the black and gray details of the place. All of the seats were plush that places their diners on a relaxed and comfy state.
Not a fan of Jasmine Tea but this one doesn’t have that overpowering floral taste. Good as a starter or to cap one’s dining here.
One could order this at 6pcs which is priced at P188. I liked how the dumpling’s skin isn’t thick that just goes well with the pork filling. The soup inside was just good. To make this more enjoyable than it is, dip it in some vinegar with ginger to have a truly wonderful starter.
I couldn’t help it! I had to take multiple photos of this colorful wonder. Paradise Dynasty is proud to say that they’re the first in the world to offer these tasty selection of Xiao Long Bao. It’s the first that I’ve heard of it too, and have seen it multiple times on social media. Each color (which is extracted from plants) represents a different flavor. Ideally, these should be eaten in a certain order. One should first have their Original Xiao Long Baos. Next would be their Ginseng (green), Foie Gras (brown), Black Truffle (black), Cheese (yellow), Crab Roe (orange), Garlic (grey) and Szechuan (red). It probably has something to do with the intensity of the flavors. Since we were many that day, we skipped that part. I had their Black Truffle which did have that subtle and smooth truffle taste. I was actually surprised at how they were able to infuse that flavor in. I also had their garlic which did taste garlicky in a very good sense.
As much as this was their main event (well, for me anyway), their other dishes were equally stellar. We were taken on a dining journey across China which their CEO, Eldwin Chua, was inspired by.
Drawing from his frequent travels in China, CEO of Paradise Group – Eldwin Chua – started Paradise Dynasty as he was inspired by the array of food in the different provinces across China. “With this new concept, we want to provide diners with a valuable dining experience that comprises affordable food in a mesmerizing setting located at a prime location,” he says.
Let’s now have that full experience shall we? 😉
This was actually a different take on their Xiao Long Bao. It may seem spicy with that color but it’s actually very mild in terms of spiciness level. I liked that slight heat that would make one grab for more.
I am not really a fan of dates because it reminds me of raisins. So yeah, I had my doubts on this. I almost didn’t grab one. I eventually gave it a chance, and was surprised by its flavor. It was gearing on being sweet which may be attributed to the dates. Though this was categorized as an appetizer, I think one could have this as a dessert.
To be honest, that was my first time seeing something so healthy and fresh come out from a Chinese restaurant. I always had this notion that dishes would be oily, tasty and fried. This definitely changed my mind for it was fresh and just plain good.
Paradise Dynasty’s La Mian or hand-pulled noodles is basked in a pork bone soup broth. They have different variants of this. We were served with this very simple soup where the broth is added in later. I would liken it to a ramen just because of the broth. But this one had a more milky and lighter texture.
My jaw dropped when this was served. I kid you not when I say it was served in a HUGE bowl. You know those big decorative bowls where you would place other decorative knickknacks? Yes, that kind but this time with an actual purpose. And the purpose here was to serve this spicy yet somewhat salty dish. The dish didn’t appeal to me at first. It was overall hot on my tongue, and not in a soup kind of sense. I did appreciate the beef as it was just tender. It almost had this melt-in-your-mouth feel. This is probably more of an acquired taste but I would definitely vouch for the beef on this.
Time for dessert! It’s nice to cap one’s sumptuous dining journey here with their tasty desserts. For that day, we were served two of which I preferred the latter. Their Pan-fried Pumpkin Pastry was okay with slight sweet notes. I liked that it didn’t have that oily taste. But I did prefer their Chilled Glutinous Rice Roll with Red Bean Paste topped with Grated Nuts. Actually, I was expecting it to be sticky that would stick all over your mouth. It surprisingly wasn’t and geared on being light. The red bean paste added that slight sweetness to it.
With branches in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, it’s about time that they have their reign here too. Their selection of northern and southern Chinese cuisine will truly take diners on a gastronomic adventure. Most of the dishes are affordable and good for sharing. It really is worth one’s money as all dishes are carefully prepared for. Service was good too. They gave us this basket for our bags so that we could be more comfortable. Plus points indeed!
So if you want those Instagram-worthy Xiao Long Baos or just want to chomp on delectable Chinese dishes, come be a part of this dynasty. 😉
2F S Maison at the Conrad,
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Official website: https://www.paradisegroup.com.sg/