Paradiso @ Publika

February 26, 2012

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.