KungFu Paradise is a casual dining hangout for the young and young-at-heart. Cafes open past midnight with classic Chinese dishes and Western snacks or pastas.
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Definitely not recommended
My first and only dining experience with Kungfu Paradise was due to its convenient location, and perhaps its easy and welcoming atmosphere that hints at an affordable price tag. The menu offerings are similar to those of Xin Wang HK Café, making decisions a difficult choice (due to my love for Chinese food).
To make a point and to save you from wasting your calories, don’t step foot here for you will be disappointed. The dishes were lack luster and below my expectations. A simple hawker fare would have been more worth it than the subpar standard that’s going on here.
I went to Kungfu paradise with slightly high expectations because they were a more affordable joint under the Paradise Group and i had previous positive experiences with Paradise inn, paradise dynasty. I assumed that even with cheaper prices, their standard and culinary skills will still be at least on par
Sadly, it was a disappointment. I tried their mains like the baked rice, dumpling noodles and several dimsun. There wasnt really any outstanding dishes. The dumpling noodles were indeed a far far cry from what i had at paradise dynasty.
Nevertheless, this place is still good for people who are looking for supper places as they are opened till about 2am in the morning.
To be honest, I expected a bit more from Kungfu Paradise. The name itself invokes thoughts of pugilistic monks serving Oriental delights, and it was mildly disappointing when I found out that the cafe was more popular for its western dishes.
I ordered the baked rice while my friend ordered a plate of fried rice. Neither were spectacular. In fact, I feel that my baked rice was undercooked - it just wasn't as good as it looked - and too salty. On the bright side, this place seems like a great place to hang out with a group of friends for a gathering. The seats are spacious and the staff seemed friendly enough.
However, don't expect me to come back just for the food.
Having tried a few restaurant chains under the Paradise Group and enjoyed the food there, my family and i decided to try Kungfu Paradise at JCube. They had a promotion going on - a set meal consisting of a main course, soup, butter bread and a drink costed only $8.90. However, the only catch is that the variety of the main course is limited to a few selected dishes. I ordered a fried rice, cream of mushroom and an iced lemongrass tea.
The fried rice was disappointing as it was rather oily and tasteless. The diced chicken meat that came with the rice was dry and hard. However, the cream of mushroom that came in the set was good. Though it was a little watery, there were huge pieces of mushrooms and very flavorful. The portion was huge too! The iced lemongrass tea was very refreshing and it helped compensate for the fried rice which was disappointing.
Overall, the price of the food is reasonable.
What I experienced from the restaurant was unlike what I expected. Considering the name "Kungfu", I had thought that it was probably more oriental in concept. But I was surprised that the menu was pretty much filled with food of western origins.
The taste they offer wasn't spectacular. In fact, it was pretty average for me. I had ordered baked rice and honestly, since my friend had fervently introduced this place to me, I was quite disappointed because I have had better ones. However, the prices they offer were very reasonable, and if I remember correctly, they had student prices.
Overall, the service was good. The staff were vibrant and the atmosphere of the restaurant was comfortable. It’s a good place to hang out with a couple of friends or classmates after school or work. But I probably won’t be visiting it anytime soon if my friends don’t suggest it first.
Kungfu Paradise is something similar to Xin Wang Café, but different from Xin Wang at the same time.
My favourite is their baked rice, especially the curry flavoured baked rice and their fish dishes, be it fish burgers, fish and chips and dory fish baked rice. The way they fry the fish makes the fish juicy and crispy on the outside and still keeps the fish ‘fresh’.
There’s a special dish as well, Ma Po Tofu Spaghetti, it is a mixture of Chinese Cuisine with Western Style. It tastes great although the combination may seem weird in most people’s eyes.
My favourite after-12 hangout
I have proclaimed my love for Kungfu Paradise to everyone and everywhere I can.
But even I have to admit it's becoming quite the letdown. I followed this place through it's humble beginnings, before they had a pretty revamped menu and when they were a small restaurant, to now their multiple branches and classy menu.
Most of my favorite dishes were all gone, replaced by seemingly improved ones. My personal favourite is their Kungfu Bun and the Knotty Noodles section. While they were a far throw compared to their old food, it is still something absolutely worth your money.
I think what sold me to Kungfu Paradise was the ungodly hours they operated till. My friends would lose their patience with me complaining death by hunger at 2am in the morning and they'd drive me here and at 2am, this place is really a paradise.
Personally for me, the only thing left here that's truly amazing is their bread. I love anything with condensed milk and lucky for me, they were big fans too. Kungfu Bun and their assorted dough creations were all condensed milk stars.
Still not a bad place, so do give this place a shot!
excellent service, excellent food.
The first thing that I noticed the moment I stepped into KungFu Paradise was the cheery service crew. They hire young and vibrant service crew who will serve you as efficiently as they can, with their infectious positivity. It contributes to the friendly and laidback atmosphere, making it a great place for families and friends – casual dining while catching up with each other.
Personally, I find it quite similar to Xin Wang Hong Kong Café – they serve noodles, rice amongst many others (instant noodles are disguised as soup noodles) for a relatively cheaper price as compared to other restaurants.
As with the problems faced by many restaurants, their seats are placed very near to each other. You practically have very little space to move your chair to a comfortable position, and if you are sitting near another of those inconsiderate people who like to take up all the space they can possibly take, then good luck with having an enjoyable dining experience.
Also, try to request for a seat NOT near the counter. The last time I went there, I was unfortunate enough to get one near the counter; and it was too noisy for me to enjoy my meal. The blender which they used to make drinks and so on was situated very near us, and it was so loud that I could barely hear myself think.
Must Try Everything
Kungfu Paradise is probably one of my favourite eateries now, ever since I tried it the first time recently.
The dish that really got me hooked was the chilli crab pasta. For the decent price of $9.90, they give a generous amount of pasta and real crabmeat [not those processed frozen crabmeat sticks] in a spicy flavourful dish. I love the level of spiciness [although it really is a tad spicy] and the meal really leaves you full and satisfied.
I also had the mango smoothie, which was thick and greatly balanced in terms of taste, being not too sweet and not too milky. I also tried the oreo smoothie on another occasion. This was also tasty, but became way too sweet after a while. Also, if you take a long time to finish the drink, the layers will separate and it will become very watery on top and thick at the bottom.
Another must try is the tom yum soup with rice/noodles. Although Kungfu Paradise does not specialize in Thai food, they really did a mean job with the Tom Yum soup! Full of generous ingredients and really, really spicy, I really enjoyed every sip of the fiery soup.
Crouching Prices, Hidden Cheesecake
People in the east rejoice! Good food has found yet another home with Kungfu Paradise open in the east at Bedok Point. A smart option was to go with the no-pork and no-lard idea to give our friends healthier choices. But there is also food on the menu that is seriously to die for.
Being a cheesecake lover have me hunting up, down, left and right of Singapore searching for a good piece. Chancing upon their promotional special of 50% off the 4 selected cakes at night, I went in to have a look. costing roughly the same price as secret recipe and most bakeries, I thought I give it a shot and hope only for the worse as I have bad experiences at midnight joints like this where the quality of food are there merely to satisfy the hunger pangs of midnight owls like me.
I ordered a cheesecake, condensed milk and butter on bread and stir fried beef on rice. The cheesecake came first and i dug in after being drawn in by their nice decoration of chocolate lines below the cake. It is a guaranteed 9/10 at least for this cake itself with the promotion cost me just 2.95. Absolutely special with its ability to melt in your mouth and not leave a sticky, pasty mess in your mouth. Softness also plays a huge part on this cake as usual cheesecakes which have been kept in the fridge for too long at too low a temperature ended up dry and hard.
Moving on next was the bread. It was a rare sight to see them use "roti perancis" instead of thick toast or white chinese bread loaf. This choice gave a different taste to the bread and was crispy and chewy alike, making it a delightful feeling to dig into this. One thing that they could improve on was that one slice was thicker than the other and it was harder digger into the thicker piece.
Last on the list was the stir fried beef. I'm not so particular on which order comes first but it will be good for the rice to come first but then again to some it could mean waiting 10 unbearable minutes. The beef was cooked to perfection hiding the ginger carefully so beware not to dig in to the wrong ingredient. The lava egg alongside was also firm on the egg-white and the yolk overflowing slowly onto the rice.
Best choice of supper plans I have ever had in years of staying out. It will definitely be in my record books to visit time and time again. Do note that there is also a student lunch promotion going on so go on and check it out. Total for a 2 person snack which comes at a relatively affordable 18.07. The only reason this is not getting a 5 from me is because I don't have one near me.