Mr J and I went to Paradise Inn for a celebratory lunch after a hearing. The Paradise Inn chain is a casual dining concept by the Paradise Group, serving more home-style cze char dishes than its seafood pioneer at Defu Lane. Stuff your grandmother would cook for family gatherings. This is like the Paradise Group version of Crystal Jade Kitchen of the Crystal Jade Group of restaurants.
As we were in court, we both didn't bring our cameras, so the pictures below were taken by my iPhone.
We got the Steamed Minced Pork with Chestnut and Salted Egg Yolk ($8), coarsely chopped mince with discernible cubes of chestnut for added texture and crunch. Mr J doesn't eat salted egg yolk, which meant I got the entire golden disc to myself, yay!
The Stewed Tofu with Chicken and Salted Fish in Claypot ($10 for small) was just so-so, Crystal Jade does this Cantonese classic better. This just lacked the rich, salty, flavoursome oomph of the salted fish and oyster gravy combination.
Paradise Inn has one of the widest range of double-boiled soups, which is really great for the soup lover in me. We chose the Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Mushroom and Chinese Cabbage ($16.80 per pot), which boasts nourishing and health properties. I liked that this had a slightly herbal tinge to it and I hardly tasted any MSG in the soup base. Delicate and slightly earthy from the Chinese black mushrooms. We both loved chewing on the plump juicy Chinese black mushrooms.
For greens, we got the Stewed Lingzhi Mushroom with Sauteed Young Cabbage ($14 for small). I loved the smooth and firm texture, and clean taste of the mushrooms. I appreciated that the oyster sauce gravy wasn't too salty either.
The Braised Peanuts ($1.50) here were so soft, they almost melted on the tongue. They were braised very well too, the flavours of the soy marinade had seeped completely into the nuts.
109 North Bridge Road
#02-10/11 Funan DigitaLife Mall
Tel: 6338 4018
Open daily from 11.30am to 9.30pm