Paradox Art Cafe

March 9, 2012

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)