Dim Sum Time at Canton Paradise (Star Vista)

Dim Sum Time at Canton Paradise (Star Vista)
I’ve passed by Canton Paradise a few times and have always wanted to tried it and so opportunity presented itself. It was pretty late at night that we made our way to Canton Paradise after an event on a weekday night. We made it just in time for the last order (at 9.30pm). It was an ordering frenzy as we tried to order what we thought we would like to eat and how much we could eat. It was a memorable hungry frenzied moment as we hurried before the last order.

Located at the basement of Star Vista, Canton Paradise serves up Cantonese cuisine and all day dim sum (my favorite!). As we were there pretty late, there wasn’t any queue or much of a crowd, so there was no need to get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.

Dim Sum Time at Canton Paradise (Star Vista)
Pretty purple menu
Dim Sum Time at Canton Paradise (Star Vista)
Interesting rustic condiment holders
In our frenzied state we order quite a few dim sums and here they are:

Congee @ about S$1.80-3.00++

Congee

We ordered two types: plain and with prawn. Both were smooth and had a nice velvety texture. Although I am not much of a porridge fan, I would recommend it to those who love their porridge.


Pan-fried Water Chestnut with Osmanthus cake @$4.20

Pan-fried Water Chestnut with Osmanthus cake

The pan-fried water chestnut with osmanthus cake was interesting: it was fried and had the texture of soft jelly with crunchy pieces of water chestnut. It was not overly sweet and had a nice tinge of osmanthus flowers flavor. It makes an interesting snack.


Fried Radish Cake @ S$3.90

Fried Radish Cake

The fried radish, or carrot cake, was nice. It was not too oily and had just the right amount of flavor to it. 


Steamed Chee Cheong Fun @ $4.50++ each

Steamed Chee Cheong Fun

We ended up ordering 4 types of chee cheong fun each: plain, with fritters, honey bbq pork filling and shrimp filing. The chee cheong fun is smooth and soft, not dry at all. My favorite would have to be the one with the fritters, so crunchy, smooth and soft.


Hot Honey Lemon @ $2.60

Hot Honey Lemon
I had the cold version. It was too bad, but no surprises here. It tastes as the name says it is - honey with lemon.



















Prawn and Mango Fritter @ S$5.20

Prawn and Mango Fritter

For just 3 slices, this is a little pricy but totally recommended! We ended up ordering another plate. The combination of the prawn and mango infused with some mayo made the fritter so much more textured and layered with fun flavors! Imagine biting into a thin yet crunchy piece of fritter to be greeted with the freshness of the prawn, sweetness of the mango and tanginess of the mayo – the perfect combination! ^^


Tofu with Seafood Paste @ $4.80

Tofu with Seafood Paste

Simple, fresh and nice; although the seafood filling was a little too salty for my liking.


Siew Mai @ S$4.50

Siew Mai

Ingredients used were fresh and they were nice, but they were just siew mai. 


Char Siew Bao @ S$4.50

Char Siew Bao

Or so the name says, it was not my favorite and it was more of a meat bao than char siew. The “char siew” meat was brown in color and not the typical reddish hue you get usually. Unfortunately for us, we ordered 2 of these and had some difficultly finishing it.

Service can be such a subjective thing. Perhaps it was because it was a non-busy weekday night that the service was acceptable: we were greeted with smiles and promptly seated and order taken. Food was also served in reasonable time and the service staff were attentive and polite. I can’t comment about the main dishes as we did not order any, but the dim sum items that we ordered were good and I would (happily) go back to give it another try.

Although Canton Paradise is part of the Paradise Group, its d├ęcor differs from its cousin, Paradise Inn. While the latter takes on the appearance of classic Chinese yet contemporary with wooden fixtures and lanterns, Canton Paradise is slightly more “dark” modern contemporary with its choice of stark lighting, striking purple and black/blue theme (which I find nice). Canton Paradise is suitable for both family and group dining. And while the prices are definitely a bit more, you do get a more dramatically flamboyant atmosphere.

Dim Sum Time at Canton Paradise (Star Vista)
Table setting
Dim Sum Time at Canton Paradise (Star Vista)
Cutlery. I like the blue! ^^

Canton Paradise

The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green #B1-45/46
Singapore 138617
www.paradisegroup.com.sg



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