Don’t be mistaken, Paradise Inn is not an ‘inn’ technically, but a Chinese restaurant. The all-new Paradise Inn, a subsidiary of the Paradise Group in Singapore, finally opened its doors in Malaysia. With a concept that weaves old charm and contemporary oriental ambience together, this restaurant is set to make new waves in KL’s Chinese dining scene with its concept of offering reasonably priced Chinese dishes in Malaysia. We had the opportunity to sample some of their specialty dishes when the restaurant was barely 8 weeks old, and boy, were we impressed! For starters, the grand arch entrance that opened to a spacious dining area was a welcoming sight for a comfortable dining experience. The well-spaced tables ensured that we had sufficient privacy for a somewhat private dining.
Signature Flower tea
If you observe the signboard at the entrance of the restaurant, you would notice that Paradise Inn specializes in offering tea, classic signature dishes and desserts. After perusing the menu, I opted for the Lavender, Rosemary, Dried Longan & Chrysanthemum tea, which was served in a glass pot on top of a burner. This tea is supposed to remove heat, restore ‘qi’, nourish blood and moisten throat at the same time. Well I can’t tell if it did all of that to me, but what I can tell was that the tea had a fragrant smell and a slightly sweet aftertaste, which was quite pleasant.
Lavender, Rosemary, Dried Longan & Chrysanthemum (RM6.80/person)
For dinner, we ordered most of the signature items on the menu, such as the Sliced Tea-Smoked Duck – thinly sliced duck with the nice amount of fatty skin that was not overly oily.
Sliced Tea-Smoked Duck (RM12.90)
We also tried two types of prawns that night, Crisp-Fried Crystal Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk and Crisp-Fried Crystal Prawns in Wasabi Mayo Sauce. It’s hard to pick out a favourite between the two, for both of them were good in their own way. The prawns coated with salted egg yolk was rich in flavour and had a nice savoury taste that made us wanting more, whereas the prawns coated with wasabi were fiery hot and very appetizing. Best of all, these prawns were absolutely succulent and completely de-shelled! What a brilliant brilliant way of serving. This way, the gravy that coats the prawns could all be absorbed and savoured instead of being peeled off. Definite must-orders.
Crisp-Fried Crystal Prawns with Salted Egg Yolk (RM29.90)
Crisp-Fried Crystal Prawns in Wasabi Mayo Sauce (RM29.90)
Coffee Pork Ribs, oh how aromatic are you! Coffee lovers would definitely rejoice at the sight and smell of these gorgeous, shiny ribs, where the aroma travelled from as far as the kitchen. OK so I was exaggerating. But I’m not when it comes to the taste. The addition of coffee flavour was impeccable, resulting in a dish of perfect balance between the slightly sweet and sour ribs with fragrant coffee taste. Each bite of the tender and juicy meat was a clever play of flavours that I could never get tired of.
Coffee Pork Ribs (RM19.90)
The Stewed Eggplant with Minced Pork and Salted Fish in Claypot was a dish that I never used to like growing up. I was never a fan of the mushy eggplant, what more of the ‘smelly’ salted fish. But you’d be surprised things change as we grow, even taste buds. I found myself enjoying this dish since the past couple of years, and I even started to like the smell of salted fish! This was a nice and appetizing dish that’s perfect with some rice.
Stewed Eggplant with Minced Pork and Salted Fish in Claypot (RM16)
When asked what’s the signature dish of Paradise Inn, Elyna (CEO) quickly ordered the Stewed Pork Belly served with Lotus Bun. Also known as ‘kau yuk’ in Cantonese, the stewed pork belly was almost melt-in-your-mouth tender with a thick and lip-smacking good gravy. The right way to eating this was to stuff a whole piece of it within the freshly-steamed lotus bun. Each bite was a heavenly mixture of savoury pork, gelatinous fat and fluffy bun. I would have got myself a second piece if I wasn’t watching my weight after the excessive binging during Chinese New Year. 🙂
Stewed Pork Belly served with Lotus Bun (RM4.80/pc)
The right way to eat this
The Crisp-fried Shrimp Paste Chicken or Belacan chicken was a favourite order of mine during my years in Penang. I had almost forgotten how good it tasted until I took a big crispy bite of the wings here. Each piece was well-marinated and flavourful, with the flesh easily falling off the bones. Lovely!
Crisp-fried Shrimp Paste Chicken (RM18)
Tofu or beancurd dishes are usually boring, but not when the tofu itself is homemade. The Braised Tofu with Crystal Prawns had superb homemade tofu that was light, smooth and wobbly with a fragrant soy bean taste. This was perhaps one of the few dishes where the beancurd managed to steal the limelight from the prawns.
Braised Tofu with Crystal Prawns (RM25)
Poached Chinese Spinach with Egg Trio and Minced Pork in Superior Stock (RM16)
A Chinese family dinner wouldn’t be complete without a pot of soup. Thankfully, there was no shortage of choices when it came to soups here. These traditional double-boiled soups are served in a huge claypot with a portion enough for 2-4 persons.
Traditional Double-Boiled Soup (RM39.90/pot)
If, at the end of the meal, you are craving for more carbs, the Braised Vermicelli with Pork Trotter and Supreme Seafood Fried Rice would be nice fillers. I thought the vermicelli was amazingly flavourful, with the tender pork trotter grazing the dish generously, although I’d prefer it to be less oily. It could be rather cloying after a few gulps too many. The seafood fried rice was plain but nicely flavoured, and the addition of tobiko (fish roe) gave the rice a subtle crunchiness that was quite a delight to eat.
Braised Vermicelli with Pork Trotter (RM19.90)
Supreme Seafood Fried Rice (RM19.90)
Last but not least, as a dessert house, Paradise Inn prides itself in making their desserts the true, traditional and authentic way. The selection of desserts was quite comprehensive, but among all of them, I had picked a few favourites. My top choice was the Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Lemonade (exceptionally refreshing jelly with equally refreshing lemonade), followed by Double-boiled Hasma with Red Dates and Longan (just because hasma is good for skin) and finally the Black Sesame Paste (comfortingly thick and smooth).
Various desserts of hot and cold
Chilled Lemongrass Jelly with Lemonade (RM6)
I am glad that more restaurants serving authentic and traditional Chinese dishes are opening up in the Klang Valley. It is certainly a welcoming change to the idea that air-con Chinese restaurants must mean high-class dining or expensive dishes. With such good quality dishes here, Paradise Inn is here to stay, and to grow too!
Paradise Inn Restaurant at Sunway Pyramid
Paradise Inn (Blue Zone near Starbucks)
OB3, Lower Ground 1.7 & 1.8, Sunway Pyramid
No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15,
46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel. No.: +603-5637 8822
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (10:00 am – 10:00 pm)
Website: www.paradisefnb.com.my/ Facebook Page