The Place Paradise Pavilion at Marina Bay Finance Centre is probably one of my favourite dim sum restaurant as this is not my first time having the dim sum here, but only got the chance to share with everyone the food this time. The setting and ambience is considered quite posh which makes the dining experience very pleasant.
The Food In terms of menu, it has come overlaps with what I have tried at Canton Paradise previously, such as the Baked Snow Bun with BBQ Pork. Prices are slightly on the high end, with each dim sum dish averaging S$6-7. Here is a sneak peak of the menu:We tried some of the recommened dishes, such as the Baked Snow Bun with BBQ Pork ($5.60), which left me quite disappointed. It is certainly not as good as the ones from Tim Ho Wan, as somehow the skin is not as crispy and tasty which I think is the key to the success of this bun. The BBQ pork is not that fragrant as well.
The Steamed Pork Dumpling Siew Mai ($5.80) is worth ordering, especially with the fresh prawns. I like the overall texture of the siew mai, which is soft to bite yet firm enough to hold the fillings.My favourite dish has to be the Fried Carrot Cake in XO Sauce ($8.80), which I declare the best in Singapore! It is very addictive as I could not help eating it once it is served. The carrot cake texture is perfect and well complimented by the XO sauce, and is totally heavenly when eaten with the fried egg and bean sprout. The tinge of spiciness further seals this dish as the must-try here. The baked BBQ pork pastry ($5.20) is another of my must order dim sum dish. I love the crispy skin as well as the pork fillings, which tasted much better than the Snow Bun with BBQ Pork. The other must try dish here is the Steamed Custard Bun ($5.50), which I also think is the nicest in Singapore. The custard sauce oozes perfectly, which is quite rare to see in other versions. The sweetness is just right as well, as I find some custard buns overly sweet. We also had the Rice Roll with Scallop filling ($6.30) which is worth ordering if you like rice rolls. One important element of rice roll is the sauce, which is quite tasty here. The scallops is fresh and I like the soft texture of the rice rolls as well.
Rants Price is definitely on the high end for dim sum, as it is on average more expensive than some Chinese restaurants in five star hotels. The service can be improved as well, as it lacks sincerity.
Will I return again? I already can’t wait to have the Fried Carrot Cake in XO Sauce again!
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
8A Marina Boulevard
#02-01 Marina Bay Link Mall
Tel : +65 6509 9308
Lunch: 11.30am – 3.00pm (Mon – Fri)
Last order 2.30pm
11.00am – 4.00pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
Last order 3.30pm
Dinner: 6.00pm – 11.00pm (Daily)
Last order 10pm