Canton Paradise

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Affordable and decent dim sum and noodles in a restaurant setting
(Updated: December 17, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
The experience starts from the moment you stand at the entrance, waiting for a table. A staff will walk briskly to the front, let you know how long you will have to wait for a table, and then take down your name and contact number if you still wanted to wait.

Once seated, they will ask you if you would like any drinks served first.

After ordering, the food will be served in about 15 minutes. And you can then dig in to the delicious Hong Kong food.

The last time my partner and I were there, we had ordered the dim sum, the beef brisket noodles, and the dumpling noodles. All were not too bad and not expensive as well. The expensive dishes are the sides dishes that you would order with rice. Such as the salted egg yolk prawn.

We had went to the branch at Jcube and the air-conditioning there was a bit too chilly. However, since it is my partner's new favourite restaurant and it is near to where I live, I guess I will be visiting this place again soon.

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Average Spent Per Person:
18
Branch Location:
Jcube
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A true Hong Kong paradise
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Canton paradise, truly a Hong Kong Food paradise.

One of the very unique drinks they serve is the Original iced milk tea which comes without ice. This traditionally comes from Hong Kong and it is rare to spot it. Without dilution caused by the ice, the strong aroma of the milk tea blends in your mouth smoothly. It instantly quenches my thirst. And I would forever have this overwhelming craving for it whenever I’m in Katong I12.

The soup Wanton Mee is also simply delicious. The noodles texture is chewy and bouncy which gives you a very irresistible feeling when you chomp on it. The Wanton skin is also very smooth, making you slurp the whole piece down your throat, and still wanting more. But that’s not all, because I never get sick of their Dim sum which are all freshly served and affordable.

You will be spoilt for choice!

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best Part:
milk tea
Branch Location:
Katong I12
Recommend to Friend:
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Good place to look out for affordable dimsum!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
I decided to try out this restaurant when it opened in Compass Point a couple of months ago since I'm a dimsum lover. One word - great. When you hear of dimsum you'll usually think of Din Tai Fung. I do agree that Din Tai Fung is arguably the best restaurant for dimsum, but I recommend Canton Paradise if you don't wish to strain your budget. In terms of affordability, its relatively cheaper as compared to other chinese restaurants out there, but with the same food quality.

The food I tried were all the usual ones we'd order for dimsum - prawn dumplings, siew mai, chee cheong fun, xiao long bao and so on. I loved all of them, especially the xiao long bao (though I think Din Tai Fung's the best). As for dessert, I tried the Chilled Red Bean and Yam Pastry. It was too sweet for me, and a bit pricey for just 3 pieces. As for the herbal jelly, it was a tad too bitter for me even after adding in a substantial amount of honey. I guess they meant it that way to make it healthier, but nevertheless I wouldn't order it the next time round. I loved the mango pudding though, it was perfect for my sweet tooth and I finished it in no time. The desserts overall were satisfactory, though it would have been better if there were more variety.

|'m satisfied with the overall service; the waitresses were polite and were always around to refill your cups and clear your plates. I will definitely visit the restaurant again.
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Delectable dim sum!
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4.0
They serve chinese food, duh.
Canton paradise is under paradise group, (double duh), so expect food to be of some standard.
I didn't regret stepping into the branch at Jcube for some hearty, meaty, dimsum.
We got a few items to share and none disappointed. During dim sum, we never fail to order the salted egg yolk custard bun, though we do need to keep our cholesterol levels in check,

This definitely did not disappoint, with flowy, hot eggy insides which exploded in my mouth when i bit into the bun. The shrimp wonton were no less delectable, one bite into the soft silky skin gave way to crisp, juicy shrimps. The noodles were cooked to the right texture, and did not give the soup an alkaline taste which we would get in places where they do not do the noodles well.

Overall, a good experience, a place that definitely requires a second visit.

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small portioned dim sum
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
My family and I had dim sum at Canton Paradise one Sunday afternoon. Having tried and liked the food at most of the restaurants under the Paradise Group, this trip to Canton Paradise did not disappoint.

Though I felt that the portion of dim sum was pretty small, they were pretty delicious. I specially liked their chee cheong fun. The skin was soft and thin while the sauce was light yet flavorful. The generous serving of prawns which came with the chee cheong fun was huge, juicy and fresh.

The interior decor and ambience was modern yet oriental. A very comfortable place to spend some quality family time on a Sunday afternoon. Would definitely head back there again!

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cheap and good dim sum!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Service 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
When Canton Paradise first opened its branch at Compass Point, there was such a long queue almost every weekend that I have to give it a try. I fell in love with the food there instantly.

I love many of the dim sum in Canton paradise. Some of my favourites are their Char Siew Bun being served sweet and piping hot, the custard bun with the “sauce” flowing out, their xiao long bao, har gao and many others. In fact I really like them so much that I went there for a few consecutive weekends. I’m not a fan of wanton thus I always ordered their plain noodles so I can try more of their dim sum which never disappoints me.

After a while, I was dampened by the really long waiting times, which can often lasts close to an hour and thus have never go there as frequent as before. But while writing this post I’m starting to miss their dim sum already!
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good ambience with delicious dim sum
(Updated: January 27, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I ate at Canton Paradise to celebrate the New Year. Of course, there were many people, and it was fortunate that we had made a reservation in advance. However, we had to wait for around 15 minutes before being seated. I wonder how long those queuing took...

The dim sum is delicious, and the decoration of this restauarnt is rather modern, though I did feel that the colours used in the lighting were rather gaudy D: but then again, different people different tastes! (:

Staff are attentive and helpful, and it is a good place to relax and unwind. If it wasn't such long a wait, I definitely would come back here again, especially since the mall it is situated in has a lot to offer in terms of both food and retail stores (:
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Paradise Found
(Updated: January 29, 2013)
Overall Score 
 
4.0
The Paradise group of restaurants is going from strength to strength. Ever since they hit the highly competitive Singapore pseudo-HK dining scene, they have managed to hold their own against established players such as the Crystal Jade and Imperial groups. Very exciting, sort of like a HK triad food fight!

I heart dim sum and must say that the selection here is commendable. I like that the price point is affordable considering the standard of cuisine. I even like the somewhat gaudy "cheena" decor that is a hallmark of the Paradise dining experience.

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Mouthwatering baked BBQ honey pork bun
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I’ve never eaten in Canton Paradise before, but there is one thing that I’ve tried from there, and that is their popular baked BBQ honey pork bun. And boy, am I glad I’ve had the privilege of tasting this beauty before!

The skin of the bun is crispy on the exterior, yet still managing to retain its inner fluffiness and softness. The char siew filling, a fatty sweet and savoury blend, was also divine. When eaten hot, the sweetness of the meat is amplified, and the filling just oozes out into a delectable explosion in your mouth.

My friend felt that it was not as good as Tim Ho Wan’s, but since I’ve never tried it, there was no basis of comparison. To me, Canton Paradise is still one of the best char siew bun in the country.
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Cheap but forgettable
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
At less than $20 per pax, Canton is a budget alternative to restaurants such as Crystal Jade. However, I feel that there is still much room for improvement before it can truly become a HK food Paradise.

Besides the century egg porridge, the rest of the dishes that we ordered were rather average in taste. The porridge that they served was fragrant and very smooth. In addition, the century eggs were added in generous portions. However, the other dishes paled in comparison. In fact, the plate of char siew noodles tasted like any other served in food court

The Xiao Long Bao, which came in baskets of four, tasted so-so and were not as tender and hot as I would have wanted them to be. As for the custard buns, the fragrance of the salted egg yolk was not distinct enough as it was overwhelmed by the custard. Also, the filling was in a shade of bright yellow, which I didn't find particularly appetizing.

Service-wise, the staff, although friendly and accommodating, seemed rather disorganized. The food arrived about less than 10 minutes after we ordered. While I thought that was very efficient, the dishes served were not piping hot. In fact, the chee cheong fun was lukewarm. Similar to Paradise Dynasty, the setting of Canton was beautiful, slightly dimmed, and the seats were spacious and comfortable.

All in all, I would say that Canton is a budget alternative to restaurants such as Crystal Jade at less than $20 per pax. However, there is still much room for improvement before it can become a Paradise as it still lacks a distinct flavour that would have made it stand out more. Although it was a pleasant meal, the overall experience is forgettable.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Branch Location:
Jcube
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