8 contemporary restaurants and cafes in Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya
Taman Paramount has long been known as a destination for great classic fare like roast duck, fish head noodles and prawn mee. But a new generation of modern restaurants and cafes is now carving a presence here, bringing flavours from Italy, Japan, Thailand and more to this neighbourhood.
1. a’Roma Dinings
From fresh pastas, bolstered with hearty, robust sauces, to ingredients like beef tongue, duck liver and pork belly, this barely year-old Italian restaurant strives to do justice to trattoria-style traditions.
Taman Paramount’s biggest hit of 2016 is this purveyor of Japanese shaved ice desserts, with a range that leaps from Hojicha kakigori with candied chestnuts and kinako milk to Japanese pumpkin kakigori buoyed by a potent burnt caramel sauce.
3. Monkey Noodle Bar
The latest addition to Taman Paramount: Monkey Noodle Bar might have a playful name, but its founders Alicia and Daniel mean serious business, bringing a warm, personal touch to their casual eatery slurp-worthy recipes that many customers will likely enjoy. Try Fei Chai’s Konlo Mien – kampua mee, slow-cooked minced pork and fried egg, each component slickly executed, tossed together for a lip-smackingly balanced medley of addictiveness.
4. Thai Camp
Tun by a friendly young couple, Thai Camp does a praiseworthy job of maintaining a casual joint where customers can find good Thai grub at PJ’s fairest prices. Try the Thai Camp Preserved Eggs, an interesting recipe that evokes an Asian version of Scotch eggs, featuring large century eggs deep-fried with a protective layer of fresh minced pork and sprinkled with kaffir lime leaves – a fun preparation for fans of all things egg.
5. Awesome Canteen
Now nearly three years old, Awesome Canteen paved the way for contemporary cafes in Taman Paramount, and it’s still going strong with a selection of produce-fuelled cuisine with fresh, distinctive flourishes.
Fluffed tries to take customers on an exploration of crowd-pleasing desserts, from a signature strawberry ‘cloudcake’ to crisp waffles with fanciful monikers like Pooh Bear’s Favourite, The Monkey King, or Jack and The Beanstalk.
BRATS looks nothing like a hot dog parlour – its roofed, atrium-style courtyard at the back, converted from a kopitiam kitchen, could be mistaken for a contemporary art museum corridor. But that’s fitting; this new cafe is a fresh canvas that empowers its imaginative founders to cook up their own personal vision of what hot dogs might be, painting with bold-looking brush strokes. The café also now hosts a coffee bar called One Half.
8. Shokudo Japanese Curry Name
The name of this eatery is self-explanatory – expect karē served with everything from tonkatsu to tori kara-age, buta yakiniku to ebi furai, korokke to omuretsu.