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The Paradise Group is a commercial property management group located in Indonesia.

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Centennial Tower, 30th Floor Jl. Gatot Subroto Kav. 24-25

Jakarta, 12930,

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Paradise Dynasty and Le Shrimp Ramen open at Collage in Costa Mesa

Aug 9, 2021

PUBLISHED: | UPDATED: August 9, 2021 at 10:55 a.m. Eldwin Chua, founder and CEO of Paradise Dynasty, stopped by South Coast Plaza for a visit. The restaurateur came to new food hall Collage in Costa Mesa to check on his internationally acclaimed Singapore-based dumpling restaurant which has soft opened in a prime 5,000-square-foot space upstairs. Its sister restaurant, Le Shrimp Ramen, has fully opened downstairs. Here’s what you need to know about the two eateries which have just recently come online. Background: Collage, which will celebrate a grand opening in September, fits into the space at Bloomingdale’s that was Holsteins and Charlie Palmer before that. The total space is 16,000 square feet, with a new area carved out of the lower level which served as a warehouse for the department store. Mahjong’s by Chef Mike has already opened. Other tenants will include Egg LXIII, Cherubic Tea, Churrino, Bruxie, Mochinut and Phoholic. The anchor restaurant: Paradise Dynasty is a powerhouse in Asia but this is its first U.S. location. This larger restaurant needs more time to train staff and will ease into its routine. Paradise has begun seating at 30% capacity, will phase into 50% and then 100% by the end of August. Its grand opening is slated for Sept. 13. Flames shoot up as a chef at Le Shrimp Ramen in South Coast Plaza prepares ingredients for the Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021 by pouring oil in to a scorching hot wok which give the soup broth a smoky, wok-char flavor. Le Shrimp Ramen and Paradise Dynasty are the two Paradise Group restaurants opening up at Collage. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The pork chop fried rice at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The dinning room at Le Shrimp Ramen at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Le Shrimp Ramen and Paradise Dynasty are the two Paradise Group restaurants opening up at Collage. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The entrance to Le Shrimp Ramen at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Le Shrimp Ramen and Paradise Dynasty are the two Paradise Group restaurants opening up at Collage. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The Szechuan crispy chicken at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The entrance to Le Shrimp Ramen at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Le Shrimp Ramen and Paradise Dynasty are the two Paradise Group restaurants opening up at Collage. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen at Le Shrimp Ramen at Collage in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Le Shrimp Ramen and Paradise Dynasty are the two Paradise Group restaurants opening up at Collage. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The open kitchen, right, can be seen from the dinning room at Le Shrimp Ramen at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Le Shrimp Ramen and Paradise Dynasty are the two Paradise Group restaurants opening up at Collage. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Prawn and pork dumpling in chili vinaigretteat Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Eldwin Chua, CEO of the Paradise Group is shown at the Paradise Dynasty restaurant at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The Shanghai pork bun at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The savory radish at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Scrambled egg white with fish and dried scallop and egg at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Chilled tofu in soy sauce vinaigrette at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The black fungus with vinaigrette at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Lettuce roll with house-made sesame dipping sauce at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The dining room off the bar at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The dining room at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The eight-flavor rainbow xiao long bao at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The signature original xiao long bao at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Eldwin Chua, CEO of the Paradise Group is shown at the Paradise Dynasty restaurant at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The bar at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The open kitchen, bottom, can be seen below the chandelier, made from individual pieces of cut glass at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) A band of frosted glass with Paradise Dynasty’s logo adorns the glass exterior wall at the restaurant’s South Coast Plaza location in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The dining room at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The open kitchen Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The signage for Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) The eight-flavor rainbow xiao long bao at Paradise Dynasty at Collage at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Show Caption Parent company Paradise Group Holdings Pte Ltd. is a Singapore-based corporation founded by Chua and his brother and COO Edlan Chua. Paradise Group operates more than 100 restaurants, with nearly 50 in Singapore and more than 60 in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam and the U.S. Eldwin Chua has always wanted to open a Paradise Dynasty in America. Believe it or not, his first job was at a McDonald’s in his home country. He didn’t last long before managers discovered he was 14, too young to be working in Singapore. (He still looks like a kid, much younger than his 46 years, dressed in black from head to toe: driving mocs with no socks, a slim fit jacket and slacks gathered at the hem like sweat pants.) “I learned a lot there,” he said of his time at Mickey D’s. Chua is deeply rooted in Singapore’s hawker food culture. He had his own stand which grew into the restaurant empire he owns today. He wants to show the world that Singapore’s cuisine can be much more sophisticated than street food. He has spent approximately $3.2 million on building Paradise, filling it with special equipment, including a bay of steamers and boilers to cook the soup dumplings and noodles to perfection. A crew from Singapore arrived weeks ago to teach the American employees. “Obviously these are skilled chefs and they have been doing this for many years,” Chua said. “It’s very labor intensive. So just for the dumplings, you easily need 15 or 20 people.” The dumplings come in different colored wrappings according to the ingredients inside: truffle flavored are black, crab roe are orange and so on. He wanted them to be completely different from his competitor, Din Tai Fung, which also has a restaurant in South Coast Plaza. “When I started this concept I had traveled to Paris and got this idea from the macarons,” he said. “People know when they see colored xiao long bao they see Dynasty, they think Dynasty. And I dare say, we are the first in the world to do this. Way back in 2008, it started with these dumplings with colors and with different flavors. But ever since we launched, it’s such a huge, huge success, actually a lot of people copied us.” Why not? They’re super Instagrammable. The look: The decor is atypical of  a Chinese restaurant. There are no Ming style vases or ceramic lions, colorful teapots or jade statues. It’s a sleek, black almost Deco design, very streamlined, with a simple bar, huge light-catching glass chandeliers and contemporary gold teapots that retain heat, keeping your jasmine blend warm and fragrant throughout the meal. The menu: The menu offers much more than dumplings. Don’t expect chop suey — this is not your father’s Chinese restaurant, it’s elevated cuisine with gourmet ingredients. There’s Black Fungus in Peppercorn Vinaigrette ($5.20); Stir-fried Australian Lettuce ($10.80); Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Lava Custard Bun ($2.50) and more. If it all sounds a bit exotic, you can still find comforting dishes such as Kung Pao chicken and sweet and sour fish. Top sellers include Shanghai buns, savory radish, Szechuan crispy chicken, pork chop fried rice, and, for dessert black, sesame balls. The little sister: Le Shrimp Ramen is Chua’s $800,000 take on a Japanese noodle shop. The approximately 1,000-square foot boite has simple no-nonsense decor such as a wave mural, Japanese curtain panels, wooden tables and chairs. Of course it’s all quality with beautiful live-edge tables and a display kitchen with huge woks billowing steam. It’s all about the broth here,  a rich bisque-like concoction simmered eight hours with whole shrimp, including the  shells, star anise, cinnamon, clove and white peppercorn. “We believe we are the first noodle shop to specialize in a prawn and pork bone-based broth and we’re excited to share this flavorful pairing here in Southern California,” Chua said. Each bowl can be customized with your choice of ramen, flat rice vermicelli noodles or thin rice vermicelli noodles. Add fresh whole prawns, handmade prawn and ebiko meatballs or handmade pork and prawn wonton dumplings. Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen is $18.99, Prawn & Pork Wanton with Chili Vinaigrette Ramen is $12.50. Side dishes and appetizers include Chilled Silken Tofu in Oyster Sauce; Braised Tofu in Tonkotsu Broth; Long Jing Tea Lava Egg and Chilled Cucumber. Don’t miss this deal: Through Aug. 15, Le Shrimp Ramen will offer a buy-one-bowl get the second for 50% off. Paradise Dynasty and Le Shrimp Ramen Find it: 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, visit paradisegp.com. For Le Shrimp Ramen, visit paradisegp.com/le-shrimp-ramen/. Open:  Paradise Dynasty serves 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:00 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday. Hours will be expanded soon to offer continuous service. Le Shrimp Ramen is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Le Shrimp Ramen will also be closed Monday, Aug. 9. Related Articles

The Paradise Group Investments

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The Paradise Group has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in GoWork as part of their Series A on October 10, 2018.

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The Paradise Group Investments Activity

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Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

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10/10/2018

Series A

GoWork

$10M

Yes

5

Date

10/10/2018

Round

Series A

Company

GoWork

Amount

$10M

New?

Yes

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5

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