Paradise Dynasty continues to delight with its xiao long bao, charcoal custard lava bun

The charcoal custard lava bun. Yum! Photo from Paradise Dynasty Philippines Facebook Page.

When Paradise Dynasty opened its first branch in the Philippines six years ago, it delighted foodies with its sumptuous xiao long bao, served in eight delicious international flavors—a world’s first. 

It was a big hit among Filipinos who couldn’t seem to get enough of the unique take on the famous Chinese food favorite. Today, with three branches—at The Podium, SM Aura, and S Maison—the Singaporean casual dining concept continues to wow guests with the Shanghainese dishes it serves.

Popular with families wanting to bond over good food or business associates discussing their latest ventures, the restaurant’s interior design features elements from the Orient that evokes equal parts class and intimacy.

It’s always a feast at Paradise Dynasty. Photo from Paradise Dynasty Philippines Facebook Page.

The eight xiao long bao flavors that draw a huge crowd on a daily basis are the original, ginseng, foie gras, black truffle, cheese, crab roe, garlic, and Szechuan. (Tip: When eating the xiao long bao, start with the original flavor in the middle, and follow it up with the flavors in succession as listed above to let the flavors build up).

It’s not just the food (they have amazing handmade la mian and dessert options, too) that has endeared Paradise Dynasty to the most discerning diner. Here, guests are treated like they just walked into a royal banquet, with staffers greeting in unison as they are led to their tables. Once guests are ready to order, staffers (dressed in traditional Chinese outfits) squat—an ancient way to show respect.

Paradise Dynasty. Photo from Paradise Dynasty Philippines Facebook Page.

Aside from the eight-flavored xiao long bao, its one-of-a-kind charcoal custard bun has become a favorite among regulars. They also have a range of Shanghainese dim such as the light and flaky radish pastry and pork dumplings with hot chili vinaigrette. 

Diners appreciate that the quality of food it serves has never declined, despite keeping items reasonably priced. Over the years, Paradise Dynasty has proven to be a consistent, reliable, and exciting dining destination that offers only the best. No compromise.

The famous xiao long bao. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.