Paradise Inn at Marina Bay Link Mall has a rather unique location – it is right next to the entrance of a MRT station in an upscale mall. It is literally at the door steps of the Downtown station. Situated right at the station entrance to the subterranean Marina Bay Link Mall mall, this 100-seater Paradise Inn is pleasant cosy restaurant for good affordable Chinese food. For those in a hurry, takeaway is available.
Paradise Inn may rank low in the scale of the Paradise Group of Restaurants but Paradise Inn at Marina Bay Link Mall is fitted out in a manner befitting its environment. It is decorated like a modern version of an old style Chinese teahouse with simple furniture, arty wall decorations and oriental lantern ceiling lights.
Paradise Inn is known for its traditional double-boiled soups served in ceramic pots and a variety of home cooked style dishes. Its signature dishes include Stewed Pork Belly served with Lotus Bun, Hot Plate Tofu and Crisp-fried Crystal Prawns with Pork Floss. One dish meals are available for those who need a quick lunch. Apart from being a restaurant, Paradise Inn is also an all day tea and dessert house where patrons can enjoy desserts or drinks any time of the day. A few random pages of the menu are below.
We went there for lunch and ordered the Braised vermicelli with Pork Trotter ($13.90), Coffee Pork Ribs ($13.80), Seafood Tofu ($8.80) and a bowl of Sweet Potato Porridge ($1.30). The “usual extras” would be charged – Appetizer ($2.50), Towel ($0.30 each) and Water ($0.30). GST and service charge would be added to the bill.
The seafood tofu was very good. It had a good consistency with crunchy bits of vegetables inside. It was tasty and enjoyable.
The Braised vermicelli with Pork Trotter (or ter kah bee hoon) was disappointing. The presentation was poor. The portion was quite large but the dish looked messy and uninteresting. It was also not tasty and a bit too oily for our liking.
The Coffee Pork Ribs were nice with crispy bits on the outside and tender meat on the inside. The sauce tasted like a mix of coffee, marmite and syrup. It was aromatic and had a complex salty-sweet flavour. We have had better versions of coffee pork ribs elsewhere but Paradise Inn’s ribs would still be slightly above average and enjoyable.
We ordered one of their signature desserts – the Sweet Taro Paste ($4.90). It was a version of the Teochew Oh Nee. The hot dessert was simply presented in a bowl. The yam paste was smooth and not too sweet. It is an item we would order again.
It can get very crowded during lunchtime on weekdays. At dinnertime and on weekdays, Paradise Inn at Marina Bay Link Mall is a nice pleasant spot for an affordable Chinese meal.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Paradise Inn at Marina Bay Link Mall
8A Marina Boulevard
Marina Bay Link Mall #B2-20
Tel: +65 6634 8389
Mon – Fri
11.30am – 3.15pm
5.15pm – 9.45pm
Sat, Sun & PH
11.30am – 9.45 pm
Nearby Station: Downtown