Lunched at Singapore's latest Shanghainese hotspot today - Paradise Dynasty on the 4th floor of the swanky ION Orchard mall.
It's a nice restaurant, but the food's pretty average (Din Tai Fung serves better renditions of the xiao long bao & double-boiled chicken soup). The striploin beef in Sichuanese ma-la sauce was lethal though - halfway thru the meal, my tongue was so numb, you could have pushed a skewer though it & I wouldn't have felt a thing.
The piece de resistance for Paradise Dynasty is their 8 XLB in 8 flavors (color-coded, too, no less). Comes with a little instruction card on the order in which they are to be eaten. I quite liked the foie gras-flavored one, but the cheese & crab-roe ones were bleah.
Service was good & prompt, and prices were very reasonable, given the upmarket location.
2 Orchard Turn
#04-12A ION Orchard
Tel: +65 6509 9118 (they don't accept reservations at the moment - take a queue number during peak periods, or go early)
Lunch/Dinner: 11am-10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat/Sun/Public holidays)
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