Taste Paradise is, IMO, still the best spot for Cantonese fine dining in Singapore. Its closest rival, Imperial Treasure (Great World City outlet) seemed to have changed chefs recently, and the cooking there seemed rather over-salted these days.
Anyhoo, we decided to have dinner yesterday evening which was practically a repeat of the one we had there a year before (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/852379) - just to see if Taste Paradise had maintained its standards:
- Roasted whole suckling pig: simply the *best* suckling pig I'd ever had in Singapore, ever. The skin was super-crisp and crunchy. Went superbly with the sauce and small steamed bread. The remaining pork-meat (after the skin had been carved off) was stir-fried with chilli and garlic flakes, and was totally delicious as well. Must-not-miss!
- Duo of wasabi and laksa-flavoured prawns: the fresh, the prawns were batter-fried then coated in mayonnaise - one which had been flavoured with wasabi, whilst the other was laksa-flavoured. Both were very tasty - must-not-miss as well!
- Sharksfin soup in chicken consomme: simply the best in Singapore - no two ways about it! The thick, collagenic chicken soup complemented the sharksfin perfectly!
- Braised abalone with mushrooms and broccoli: also the best I'd ever had - the abalone had been cooked till yieldingly soft, and the sauce was perfect.
- Steamed marbled goby, Cantonese-style: very fresh fish. This was the only dish which, although done very well, did not excel significantly compared to versions I'd had in Imperial Treasure or Crystal Jade Palace (Ngee Ann City) - the other two Cantonese restaurants which I regard as Taste Paradise' closest rivals.
- Barbecued pork-ribs with plum sauce: the pork-ribs were cooked till the cartilage bones were soft enough to cut through. The plum sauce was well-balanced.
- Ee-fu noodles: very fragrant, roasted noodles, subsequently braised with straw mushrooms and leeks. Best rendition I'd had in recent memory.
Dessert: Warm hasima (snow frogs' glands) in syrup - pretty standard and not a standout here. Pity - this excellent meal deserved a better dessert to finish off with a bang.
Overall, no doubt in my mind that Taste Paradise's still No. 1 in Singapore when it comes to Cantonese fine dining at the current moment. If I'd thought last year's dinner there was superb - the one last night showed that the restaurant had indeed maintained its consistency throughout.
2 Orchard Turn #04-07
Tel: +65-6509 9660
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