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Paradise - Leslie and Finch

So, I was taken to Paradise for dim sum on Monday...I have to say I found it quite enjoyable (I don't contend that I'm any kind of expert) but the food was hot, fresh and tasty. I have noticed some pretty negative comments on this board...why? I was perhaps the only non-asian customer in the place which was pretty busy...this means there seems to be quite a market for what they are serving.

Can someone pls enlighten me on why folks here don't seem to like Paradise?

Thanks

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  1. I enjoyed the dim sum the one time I've been there...about 2 months ago. Not the best in Toronto, but pretty solid...with good service and decor. Definitely has some connection to Dynasty on Bloor. I would not make a special trip for their dim sum, but if in that area I would think of them first....for example over Grass Mountain at Don Mill/Finch.

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    1. re: T Long

      I'm thinking of bringing my staff there for dim sum soon since it's the closest to us ... are they still semi-fusion like? I tried it when it first changed ownership (awhile back) and wasn't as good as the old Jade whatever that used to be there.

      1. re: Royaljelly

        Don't have the details you may be looking for. As I have only been the one time and outside of remembering I had a good lunch, I didn't recall anything otherwise memorable. They had the dim sum stand-bys and some specialty dishes like their take on some dumpling variations....just like one gets at most upper mid-range dim sum places I think. I'm not sophisticated enough to know what the term semi-fusion might mean, so won't comment on that.

    2. Finally went back today for dim sum (only went because Hot Spicy Spicy was closed for lunch), and came out with the same impression that I had the first time I ate there a long while back... not worth it.

      Had the Eel puff pastry (very little eel, overly thick pastry, little flavour), rice roll w/ mushrooms tree ears and water chestnuts (very tough and thick rice roll, was slimy on the inside likely due to the chestnut), spiced deep fried tentacles (not as well spiced as many other dim sum places that do the same dish), beef balls (huge but boring), fried thin noodle in soya sauce and shredded egg (yes, that's all it was), and deep fried banana in spring roll wrapper and chocolate drizzle (I can't resist the combo of banana and chocolate).

      Even with the 5% cash discount, it's still close to $40 and for a supposedly higher end cuisine, it's neither good value nor high quality.

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      1. re: Royaljelly

        Where would you recommend Royaljelly. Daughter is in town visitng, we are @ York Mills and Leslie.
        Thanks

        1. re: spine64

          If your dtr isn't in town often, then I'd drive a bit a go to one of these places a bit more upscale w/ better food:

          North:
          Yangs http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637866
          Emperor http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637866
          Regal Palace http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/633177
          Empire Court http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/564448

          or south to Lai Toh heen

          1. re: Royaljelly

            Thanks,
            I have tried many of your suggestions and have not been disappointed. We are starting our day vintage clothing shopping downtown.
            Thanks

            1. re: spine64

              If you're already downtown, you may want to splurge at Lai Wah Heen, then. But if you're heading back North, then you have many options. Hwy 7 is so close up the DVP!

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        1. .....ok....so dim sum is iffy.........anyone recently have dinner at Paradise?

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          1. re: djchow

            My parents had dinner there w/ their friends back in Sept and they enjoyed it. Not sure what they had though, but this was after I took them to meals at Yangs, LWH, John's BBQ, etc.

            I had dinner there w/ a group of friends back in August and had some set menu (lobster, fish, sweet and sour pork, stir fried veggies, etc). Sauces are a little on the heavy side, portions were decent sized. Prices are a bit higher than typical cantonese places, but you do get slightly better service. I can't recall any standout dishes though, that's why I never did a write up on them after the meal.

            1. re: Royaljelly

              Foodwise, the 'old' Jade Palace was much better!
              IMO, the only dish worth trying in Paradise is the 'hand held pouring oil fried free range chicken'!