Weekends are best spent with the family, and in my family's case, Chinese food is our go-to comfort food, with hearty dim sum brunch and tasteful dishes to go with a bowl of warm & fragrant steamed rice. One place that almost missed from my food radar is Canton Paradise Signature, which has been around for a few years, but I've only visited recently because of the location that's quite far from home. Anyway, it's never too late to add another restaurant on my go-to list...
|Brunch, the Asian way!|
Canton Paradise Indonesia is a sister brand of Taste Paradise, a fine dining Chinese restaurant located in one of Jakarta's high end shopping mall. Canton Paradise is different in that it's slightly more casual in terms of the mood, ambiance, and price. Although some Signature menus at Taste Paradise could also be found here.
The setting at Canton Paradise is quite casual, with pastel coloured interior themed like restaurants which will not look out of place in Hong Kong (which I visited quite recently, oh how I miss shopping & strolling around the urban jungle in HK!).
The menu at Canton Paradise is well varied, from the Appetizers, Roast Specialties, Soup, the signature Spring Water Tofu, Poultry & Meat dishes, fresh seafood which one can pick right away from the aquarium, Vegetables stir fry, Rice & Noodles, etc. Like in most Chinese dining establishments, sharing the food is recommended.
We started our brunch with this Crispy BBQ Honey Pork Bun, a classic HK style baked bun with sweet char siu filling. I found the filling a tad too sweet, but overall it didn't make the bun any less enjoyable.
|Crispy BBQ Honey Pork Bun IDR 28,800|
Since my Mum's a big fan of seafood (me, not so much, unfortunately), so we ordered mostly seafood dishes. I'd totally recommend the Thai Style Crisp-fried Silver Bait for appetizer and the Crisp-fried cod fish with plum sauce, which was so tasty, even I couldn't say no to it!
|Thai Style Crisp-fried Silver Bait IDR 78,800|
|Left: Crispy-Fried Crystal Prawns Tossed in Salted Egg Yolk IDR 98,800|
Right: Crisp-fried cod fish with plum sauce IDR 88,800
The Specialty dish here, if you ask, is their Roast meat, an assorted choice of Peking Duck, Kampong Chicken and Pork. So we tried the combination of BBQ Pork with Honey Sauce and Crackling Pork Belly. My personal favourite is the tender thin slices of BBQ pork, drizzled generously in sweet honey sauce. The Crackling Pork Belly was also delightful with tender meat and crispy crackling.
|BBQ Combination (2 varieties) IDR 168,800|
|Left: BBQ Pork with Honey Sauce|
Right: Crackling Pork Belly
The tofu's my baby niece's favourite, she basically loves any tofu dishes =P Actually, the Spring Water Tofu of Canton Paradise is rather special unlike other tofus found outside, because it's prepared using premium soybeans & mineral-rich spring water. The resulting product is a fine silky and rather dense tofu with fresh and sweet scent.
|Steamed Spring Water Tofu with Minced Pork & Preserved Vegetable IDR 78,800|
|My niece, ain't she a doll? =)|
As the old saying goes, classics can never go wrong...When a place pleases my Mum and my niece, it's definitely going to be my family's to-go restaurant for as long as it opens. =)
10 AM - 10 PM (same as mall's operation hours)
*) Prices are subject to Tax & Service Charge
Canton Paradise Signature
Mall Kelapa Gading 3 Level G # 15B-C (exit from Dante Coffee Lobby)
Jl. Boulevard Kelapa Gading Blok M
North Jakarta - 14240
Ph: +6221 45853918
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