Sunday, February 26, 2012

Paradiso @ Publika

With a moniker probably inspired by "Cinema Paradiso" (one of my all-time favorite films), Paradiso is KL's first "cinema lounge" where movie buffs sip cocktails named after popular flicks.

Food might not be the star of the show here, but these chicken wings glazed in peanut butter (!!!) are a novelty worth sampling. The coating is evocative of peanut satay gravy, thick & savory.

Tenderloin marinated in tequila, herbs & lime, with supporting roles by Cajun potato wedges & veggies. Won't steal any scenes or win an award, but this is still a solidly juicy performance by Paradiso's kitchen.

Zebra Pasta _ essentially squid ink spaghetti with slipper lobster & lemon-laced shrimp in mascarpone sauce. A cute name, the perfect pasta to satiate crustacean cravings.

Pulp Fiction (vodka, rock melon, pistachio, vanilla, lime).

Desperado (patron silver, elderflower, mangosteen juice!!!!!).

Paradiso also plans to host film screenings; for Oscar season, Iran's "A Separation," nominated for Best Foreign Film, kicks things off, 6:30pm, Wednesday, Feb. 29 _ a remarkable choice that bodes well for the future. Seat bookings are recommended.

Paradiso Lounge @ Solaris Dutamas,
Lot 28 & 29, Level G3, Block C5, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6211-3344
Open daily through late.
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22 comments:

  1. Owned by The Big Group as well?

    Somehow the name Paradiso makes me think of a nightclub.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ouh, nope, it's not affiliated with any other eatery (as far as i'm aware) =) but ya, from outside, it kinda looks nightclubbish, but it's nice inside. there are candles glowing on the tables, and the music volume is gentle :D

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  2. Desperado, why don't you come to your senses. Hehehehehe

    Airing foreign films in restaurants is a good idea. It's not like many have ready access to them.

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    1. Michelle: heh, and it's also the title of a 1990s movie starring antonio banderas :D ya, the movie they're showing here this wednesday, 'a separation,' is not being screened at malaysian multiplexes, i think! =)

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  3. You got me at peanut butter!
    That reminds me, CAN'T WAIT for the Oscars! :D

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    1. Vien: 24 hours & 36 more minutes till the oscars start! and till christopher plummer or octavia spencer receive the first award of the ceremony, i guess :D

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  4. I'm with Vien, You got me at Peanut Butter. Interesting menu, how's the pricing?

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    1. Smitten by Food: the pricing is pleasing! the BBQ chicken wings with peanut butter sauce (six pieces) cost RM10.90++:D

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  5. Chicken wings glazed in peanut butter?
    Hmmmm~ my type of food! :P

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    1. CK: can try to experiment and cook it in your kitchen! if the peanut butter sauce is nice, can use it as a salad topping or as a pasta sauce :D

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    2. Peanut butter pasta actually sounds rather do-able. Yay.

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    3. Kenny: do make it then! I wanna try! Double yay! :D

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    4. I might well do just that one day, really. Triple yay! :D

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    5. Kenny: and it'd probably go well with a peanut butter martini! Quadruple yay! :D

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  6. Peanut Butter. That;s a magic word for me. Will head in soon for those chicky wings and of course check out the cocktails. Hopefully I can make it for the 29th. That is a a good movie to catch!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, I'd really love to watch it too, but I think I'll be tied up with work commitments that evening. 6:30pm is kinda early for those of us who work away from publika, heh =)

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  7. Who needs food when you have a cocktail named Pulp Fiction? :-)

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    1. The Yum List; there's also a cocktail named Basic Instinct :D

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  8. Am a big fan of CP too! Best movie ever. It's cool that they show foreign movies here:)

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    1. Ciki: yeah, the first time i watched Cinema Paradiso, i wept pretty hard! :D

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  9. it's a nice concept and I hope it stays. hehe

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, it's quite unique! i hope they'll eventually play movies (maybe silently on the screen) during regular dinners too :D

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