Friday, March 9, 2012

Paradox Art Cafe

Paradox Art Cafe might be one of PJ's most eye-pleasing restaurants _ a sweeping, soothing space that commands guests to come "eat, drink, play & discover."

Expect to hear more about Paradox in the months ahead; it intends to not only serve hot meals & cool beverages but be a hot spot for Malaysian independent artists, musicians & filmmakers to put on a cool show.

Customers can get comfy inside Paradox's smoke-free dining hall & lounge ...

... or relax on the terrace with a lake view at Bandar Utama.

Foosball & pool fans can go wild all night long ...

... while the pictorially inclined might delight in doodling on a chalkboard.

Paradox's Iced Double Espresso tastes unique _ a Malaysian "kopi ais" constructed with "gwailo" coffee beans, in the proprietor's own words. Also worth trying: tangy fruit smoothies that taste simultaneously creamy & healthy.

Our only complaint: no cocktails are available. This would make a superb setting for sipping Cosmopolitans & Mojitos.

We'll explore Paradox's food in a future entry, but it's fundamentally familiar favorites _ Western soups, salads & sandwiches, alongside local rice & noodles _ with tiny twists to keep things tantalizing. It's still in a soft-launch stage, so many items on the menu might be unavailable. Everything is pork-free.

Directions? If you've been to Ribs @ Oasis in Bandar Utama, you'll know how to reach Paradox (barely a five-minute drive from 1 Utama). Thankfully, Ribs remains in business.

Perfect for private functions. It's still quiet this week, possibly due to its somewhat secluded location, but the crowds may come once word of mouth spreads.

Paradox feels like a labor of love. It has plenty of potential; we wish it well.



Paradox Art Cafe,
2-1, The Oasis, Tingkat Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7729-8962
Open Tues-Sun, 4pm-midnight (last food orders by 10:30pm)
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32 comments:

  1. I once spent about an hour looping around BU hunting for Ribs, so glad I found it and so glad that the knowledge of precisely where it is will come in even handier now!

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    1. Min: it's been too many years since i last had a bite at Ribs. i wonder if their "ultimate reverse pork burger" is still as great as before! :D

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    2. How does a reverse burger work? Curious...

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    3. Kenny: the bun is sandwiched between pork patties, instead of vice versa, if i recall correctly! :D

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  2. Smoke free - I do like that. I must get to the other side of town more.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i find it difficult sometimes to get to PJ too, since i neither work nor live there. but there are places well worth visiting in those suburbs :D

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  3. i am interested in the angmoh kopi ais. wonder how it tastes like!

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    1. Michelle: it tastes like a cross between a latte & a kopitiam kopi ais! :D

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  4. Wow... This place looks hugeee...

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    1. Smitten By Food: it's very big indeed! tons of space :D

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  5. I don't mind setting up a loser-buys-drinks thing going at that foosball table.. :D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: hah, i'm gonna definitely lose and i'll have to buy everyone beer! =)

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  6. very relaxing n comfortable ...
    + wine ..GOOD.....

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    1. Simple Person: oh yeah, the glasses of wine were nice =) they also have beer here & happy hour deals, i think :D

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  7. I'm sold if there's a foosball table. Yay I'm going to tell all my friends about this place!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, the last time i played foosball was in university! :D

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  8. This place look nice! Why no food? LOL

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    1. CK: ya, i really like the decoration for this place! food will be in part two, next week, heheh :D

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  9. It looks like a really good place to relax and unwind! And I do enjoy not having smoke in my face when I'm eating!

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    1. Vien: heh, though it could be amusingly ironic to be in a smoky cafe & suddenly hear the classic ballad "smoke gets in your eyes" :D

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  10. i always pass by Ribs but don't realy notice this Paradox Cafe. the name sounds interesting for me too

    Latest: Mamak or Indian?

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    1. Fish: oh yeah, i think the signboard for paradox went up very recently!

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  11. I guess this is more of a hangout place, chill and just enjoy the ambiance.

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    1. Baby sumo: perfect for chilling out, since it closes late and the music isn't too loud :D

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  12. My friend oversee the design and etc.
    Hope I get to drop in fr a review soon, but knowing him, he wont let me step in till everything is ready!

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    1. TNG: oooh, we might have met your friend here! the manager was someone named james, if i recall correctly. he was quite passionate in explaining the concept of the cafe to us :D

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    2. Rebecca: and his brother is in charge of the kitchen, I believe! =)

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  13. passed by here last nite and saw the signage. I thot it was a club or drinking place, never thot it's a cafe hahaha never judge a book by its cover eh

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    1. Babe_KL: heheh, i think it'd be a nice hangout for residents of bandar utama and the surrounding areas. very peaceful, though i wonder if parking is sometimes a problem :D

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  14. oooh love the wooden shelf. I might need to custom make one as my closet. I hate my current closet. it's somehow not attractive in the room ;))

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    1. Rad: Omigosh a custom-made closet sounds really cool. Hope to see a pic of it if you do have it built! :D

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