The Paramount Restaurant – My First Yu Sheng of 2011

30 01 2011

Managed by the Tung Lok Group, The Paramount is a popular haunt for working adults and aunties. The years have not been kind and despite the obvious facial flaws and peeling skin, The Paramount retains the airs and grace of an aged dame, with a very classical feel about it. With Paramount Hotel being bought over by Far East Organization recently, I fear that it won’t be long before an expiry date is issued for The Paramount, much to the disappointment of its many regulars.

Did you know that just like the Thumb Drive, Yu Sheng was invented in Singapore (and not China!) as well? It was actually the brainchild of Lai Wah Restaurant, which still stands today after more than 30 years in operation. That said, I’m still no fan of Yu Sheng($38++/Small). After all, isn’t it just a plate of coloured shredded vegetables in Plum Sauce? Still, I’m thankful for the Salmon Sashimi or in other places better yet, thick slices or cubes of abalone…shiok!

I used to think that you can only get good dim sum in expensive posh Chinese Restaurants but quickly changed my mind after having the Fried Prawn Dumplings($4.20/3 pieces) here. Bursting with umami flavours, I can’t see how anyone would have been able to stuff anymore prawn fillings into the dumpling even if they wanted to. Eaten with good old mayo, this proves to be one of life’s simple pleasures.

Given a choice between beef and venison, venison always triumphs (unless you used a wagyu or kobe cheat code). While the Sauteed Sliced Venison Meat with Chef’s Special Sauce($22) wasn’t particularly impressive taste-wise, the generous portion size more than made up for that.

Sea Cucumbers are my Dad’s favourite and I love them too so we had the Stir-Fried Sea Cucumber with Deep Fried Fish Maw($28++). Originally tasteless, I just adore how the sea cucumbers manage to soak up all the “zhap” or gravy which makes it just so tasty.

A dish of Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic to help with bowel movements concludes the pre-CNY festivities.

I was surprised that while many eateries face problems with the lack of a weekday lunch crowd, The Paramount didn’t seem to face such issues and while the food was not mind-blowingly good, it definitely is decent with an extensive menu catering to all palates.

Bon Appetit!

THE PARAMOUNT RESTAURANT

30 EAST COAST ROAD, #01-01/02 PARAMOUNT HOTEL

TEL: +65 6440 3233

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