Finally got a chance to try weekday dim sum at the newly renovated Paradise "Fine Chinese Dining" at Leslie/Finch, where the old Jade Dynasty used to be. We went on a Friday noon hour, place was about 1/2 full.
I've included 2 cell phone photos of the interior... a mix between modern wood, shiny gold plastic covered chairs, and large contemporary booth chairs that were overly spaced out. All in all, it was quite odd in my opinion. Reminded me of some of the cheesy home and restaurant decorations that I saw while I was in Shanghai.
Service was attentive and prompt, with the front servers greeting a lot of repeat customers by the last names. Tea was very weak and the choice of tea cups and bowls were terrible (good to look at, but not designed for ergonomics).
Here's a dim sum menu I scanned in:
We ordered the following for 2 people:
Steamed celery dumplings w/ pine nuts and shrimps - 3 good sized dumplings, but very bland flavours
Fried wontons w/ lemon sauce - I could've bought a better lemon sauce in a bottle from VH
Steamed vegetarian rice crepe w/ tree ears - this was basically a deep fried egg roll (notice the description says nothing about it being deep fried) and then the soft steamed "chern fun" noodle wrap around the entire thing. Came with both soy sauce, as well a sesame sauce and sweet sauce for dipping. Unnecessarily complicated in both preparation & sauces.
Pan fried beef buns w/ black pepper sauce - 3 tiny little things that were bit sized, probably the only dish that was worth eating.
From another dim sum menu, we also ordered a puff pastry duck w/ preserved veggies - one of the oiliest puff pastries dim sum dishes I've ever had. Very lacking in any duck flavour.
Final bill was $26 plus tip. Visa accepted.
Overall we were disappointed with this meal. Overall flavours were very weak or else dishes were unnecessarily complicated. I'll have to go back to try a few more of their other dishes (given that I work nearby there), but how I'm already missing the old Jade Dynasty that was previous there, which served some pretty solid chinese dim sum dishes.
If anyone's interested in their dinner menu, I've scanned it in as well.
dinner - chinese
dinner - english