Monday, March 12, 2012

Paradox Art Cafe

Paradox Art Cafe: Round Two. Earlier entry: March 9.

Engineer-turned-chef Khay Woo seems painstaking in his preparation of Paradox's recipes, fussy for only fresh mushrooms to be sliced into this kitchen-made soup & slathering the bread with extra garlic for stronger pungency.

Woo has no formal cooking training, but is bold enough to experiment: his signature spaghetti is sauteed with oyster sauce, chicken, egg & yellow onions to create something that tastes Chinese. The pasta isn't al dente, but that might be part of Woo's master plan.

Pan-seared Aussie lamb chops with shallot mint sauce & Holland potato shoestring fries. Paradox's prices are reasonable; the mushroom soup is RM10+, most pastas cost below RM15, while even the costlier items, like this lamb, won't exceed RM30.

Forgo Kim Gary's cheese-baked rice & try Paradox's version, fried with beef & topped with a melted mix of cheddar & mozzarella cheese. We've found it a little too salty for our liking, but Woo is still tweaking the food & remains interested in customer feedback.

Comfort food, evocative of the stewed, gravy-soaked rice that one might order in a kopitiam. Paradox fries this rice with olive oil & garlic, then tops it with a braised blend of chicken, prawns & fishcakes in egg-&-corn batter. Hot & hearty, ideal for a cold, rainy night.

We're liking the music selection here too; if you haven't heard Roxy Music's "More Than This" in many years, you might get the opportunity here.

Note: despite the absence of crowds for now, Paradox's kitchen takes time to get its food ready, so be prepared to wait a bit. Not too long, but slightly longer than expected.






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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26 comments:

  1. I thought the spaghetti was loh shu fan.. ;P

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    1. Baby sumo: heheh, the taste of it actually reminded me a bit of hokkien mee :D

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  2. The engineer-turned-chef is a good interior designer too. =)

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    1. Smitten by food: I think his brother handled the interior design. Ya, it's a family-led enterprise. But you're right, this place is gorgeous :D

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  3. No dessert? Or that will be part 3? :P

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    1. CK: ooo, the dessert list here is quite limited. Only three items, I think. And only the pancakes or something like that were available during our visit here =)

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    2. That means Part 3 is when you're heading back for the desserts (once they are available) lah. Hehe.

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    3. Kenny: eh, maybe i won't return for desserts. my salty tooth is stronger than my sweet one! :D

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  4. the spahetti looks wholewheat to me at first

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    1. Michelle: ooo, maybe it's the shade of its color cos of the sauce :D

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  5. looks like the comforting grub we will make at home. and sometimes eating these outside is good coz we don't have to clean up after cooking and eating:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: true! i'm definitely NOT a fan of washing up! :D

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  6. gawd.. cheese baked rice should be banned from any menu. gross!

    The insane amount of sauce on the - Pan-seared Aussie lamb chops wow! Could you taste the lamb?

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    1. Ciki: heheh, that's what i thought, whenever i ate the versions at kim gary & wong kok char chan teng! the one here was much better though, heh :D oooh, the gravy made the lamb feel like a lamb stew. comfort food for some folks =)

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  7. I like how cheery the place is.. THE AWESOME KITCHEN! Hehe :)

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    1. Iamthewitch: heheh, yeah, those quirky, personalized touches help to give this place its own identity, i think! :D

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  8. Roxy Music's More than This... such an archetype for perfect lounging/ misbehaving music!! But hey, it shouldn't be that far-fetched - after all, it had a revival of sorts after Bill Murray belted it in karaoke in Lost in Translation. Every respectable joint, every Starbucks should have this on their playlist!

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    1. Min: oh yeah, and i love bryan ferry's voice anyways! i'm a fan of everything from roxy music & the smiths to new order & depeche mode (even if all their music is morose), so it always gives me a tingle of delight to hear them being played anywhere! :D

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  9. I like how they've labeled the kitchen, "awesome kitchen" - positive thoughts.

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, it's great expectations that they have to live up to! :D

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  10. fried spaghetti in chinese style is kinda like the longevity noodle :) yet to try one, but it sounds yummy!

    Latest: Meh-meh Goats

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    1. Fish: longevity noodles! i remember having that a few times in chinese restaurants, and always enjoying them! :D

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  11. The food presentation is err... LOL..
    Guess tht's where's the "homely" phrase comes in yea...

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    1. Tng: heh, I think I understand your meaning! =)

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  12. oooh i like the chairs at this place. It's looks nice.

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    1. Eiling: comfy to sink into! :D

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