The Place As one of the highest end of the Paradise Group franchise, Paradise Pavilion is specialised in fine Chinese dining and its Peking Duck. Located at the new CBD area of Singapore in Marina Bay Link Mall, the restaurant’s interior is opulent and classy while it boast views of the Singapore river and Marina Bay Sands.
The ambience is really comfortable and I like the fact that all seats are cushioned to provide maximum dining comfort to diners.
The Food It is no doubt that the Peking Duck is the star dish here but I also managed to try 2 of the dishes other than the duck.
The Ramen with Garoupa fillet ($8) is meant to serve per person and I must confess I am very impressed by it. Do not be mistaken by the name into thinking it has an affiliation with the Japanese Ramen. It is more of a Chinese La Mian and the noodle is really tasty. The garoupa fillet is very fresh as well and simply irresistible.
The other side dish I tried was the Fried Tofu in black truffle sauce ($7). This is another well done dish as the tofu is crispy on the outside and it blends well with the black truffle sauce to give it a very unique taste on the palate.
Finally it is time to describe the star dish – the Peking Duck.
Priced at $88, the price is comparable to the ones in Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant or Wan Hao. The distinguishing element is that Paradise Pavilion uses specially imported Apple Wood from Beijing in roasting its duck, in the traditional Beijing fashion. Apparently, this gives the Peking Duck a more succulent flavour.
Interestingly, there is a transparent viewing area for diners to catch a glimpse of the live view of the roasting process.
The first slice of the duck skin served is the Duck Breast Skin, arguably the fattest and tastiest part of the duck. We were advised to dip the duck skin in sugar and it will melt in the mouth. True enough, it does go well with sugar even though I think that it is tasty enough to be taken on its own.
The rest of the duck skin and meat is served after the first serving of the duck breast skin. The way of eating Peking Duck at Paradise Pavilion is slightly different from other restaurants as well. Instead of solely wrapping the duck skin, the style here is to wrap the duck meat together with the fine thin slices of the skin accompanying the meat. Personally, I am more in favour of solely wrapping the skin and dipping it in sauce since it is the crispy duck skin which makes the Peking Duck such a covetable dish.
Unlike other restaurants, the restaurant does not take request to fry the remaining duck meat with noodles or rice. Therefore, we requested to have the duck meat chopped and served. However, I was disappointed by the quality of the duck meat. It is pretty tasteless as compared to the others I have tried before in my previous blog posts.
Rants With the high price charged for its Peking Duck, I was expecting much more of the standard of the dish but I must profess that I was quite disappointed. The quantity of the duck skin is less than the ones from Wan Hao or Imperial Treasure and the quality of the duck meat is a notch lower as well.
Will I return again? I am certain I will not return for the Peking Duck but that said, I will give the Dim Sum served here a try one day and hopefully that will not disappoint.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4.5/5
8A Marina Boulevard
#02-01 Marina Bay Link Mall
Tel : +65 6509 9308