Type of Institution: Non-vegetarian (but with vegetarian menu)
Address: #02-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre (Ground Plaza), 8A Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018984
Tel: +65 6509 9308
Mon – Fri 11.30 am – 3 pm, Sat – Sun & PH 11 am – 4 pm
Daily 6 pm – 11 pm
The immediately striking decor of Paradise Pavilion sets it apart from most Chinese fine dining restaurants in Singapore – think chandeliers, plush velvet chairs, dramatic floor-to-ceiling columns and a rich turquoise, blue, green, and brown colour scheme. Reserve a good spot before your visit for an excellent view of the Marina Bay landscape. Vegetarians and vegans may be pleasantly surprised to find out that the restaurant famous for its Peking duck has a page of its menu dedicated to vegetarian dishes. Service was also attentive and helpful.
The Vegetarian Goose was the best dish I tried despite its uninspiring presentation – a deep-fried crispy-thin skin encloses a slightly sweet, melt-in-your-mouth beancurd skin filling vaguely reminiscent of fatty goose. ($20)
Black Pepper Stir-Fry with Macadamia Nuts
A simple stir-fry with yam and mock luncheon meat cubes, shimeji mushrooms, celery, red and green peppers and crunchy macadamia nuts. The spicy black pepper sauce could barely be detected. The macadamia nuts were also a tad too heavy to complement the other ingredients. ($20)
Bean Dough with Mushrooms
Thick slices of bean dough on a bed of beancurd skin were topped with enoki mushrooms. The bean dough had a tender, slightly chewy texture that was quite pleasant at first bite, but the generic mushroom sauce could not disguise the mostly bland yet unmistakeably beany taste of the dough. I could not stomach much of this. ($20)
Conclusion: Generally a disappointing experience – I was more impressed by the décor than the food.