In celebration of Mother’s Day, I decided to surprise mummy dearest with something she does not receive often. Nothing too costly, just a simple bouquet of beautiful flowers. And from her response, I could tell she liked it 🙂
For dinner, it was a toss between Carousel @ Royal Plaza on Scotts http://dining.royalplaza.com.sg/ (we’ve tried this before) and some place new. Having had some dim sum at this particular restaurant, its unique array of dim sum took me by surprise and I was pretty eager to bring my family there for a dinner. This was the most opportune of times! And so we headed to Taste Paradise http://www.tasteparadise.com.sg/.Its interior decor is exquisitely done up with classy wallpaper, antique-ish statues and Chinese furnishings – think swordsmen dramas but on a more atas (in Malay: high class) level. Was quite paiseh to snap the surroundings so my apologies for the lackof pictures to depict the nice decor. Let’s dive to the food! Here’s what 5 of us ate:
This almond-based soup would probably be a cup of tea for someone who likes almond-flavoured nom-noms. This version of fish maw soup was indeed my first, and I must say, it’s a unique concoction. The usual fish maw soup is clear and starchy, nothing like this. Creativity: thumbs up! But personally, not for me.
Love this man! One of my fave for the night 🙂 Its skin is literally thin & crispy with no sight of any fat! For those who like their duck skin with nothing more and nothing less, this is a must-try! It’s like eating duck-flavoured chips except that they are really duck skin!
Mmm… Mmm… another interesting take on a “normal” seafood. Nicely marinated and evenly grilled to perfection, the stuffings of meat and chestnut didn’t fight for the limelight nor camouflage the taste of the marination. Nice! 🙂
Don’t be fooled by this nondescript-looking stack of tofu – they actually cost $7/pc! Considering the price, definitely our expectations were higher. Sad to say, it was not exactly super duper tofulicious. Staying with the ordinary tofu for the ordinary man. Nice: Yes. Affordability: No 😦
This is an interesting mix – the same fish cooked in 2 styles. The deep-fried parts are all the bones-y areas which I didn’t dare to try. Hubby loves the bone parts but he said it was alright; no “wow” raves though. The stir-fried ones were normal enough, just like those fish slices fried with ginger. Quite jerlat after a few pieces.
With the duck meat from the Peking duck, we had them fried with vermicelli (also known as mee sua). Wasn’t too bad, tasted “duckish” and also due to the characteristics of mee sua, there was a starchy taste. Probably cos I was a little full, this carbo filled me up quickly leaving me feeling blah.
On the whole, the dining atmosphere was enjoyable and it’s unlike the usual seafood restaurants with screaming children. Food-wise, be sure to be adventurous to try out their creative dishes. Price-wise, definitely not pocket-friendly. Unless it’s a special occasion, the masses wouldn’t head here for a normal meal.
P/S: As I’m unable to recall the exact names of the dishes, pls excuse me while I “name” them on my own…