Boga Group is one of the F&B companies in Jakarta which has a line of exquisite restaurants. As you might have known, Boga's restaurants have always been my favourite dining spots. Some of them are actually topping my list of favourite restaurants. Almost all of Boga's restaurants have got my visit, except for one which I visited last Thursday, Paradise Inn.
Paradise Inn is one of Boga's line of Paradise brands besides Paradise Dynasty and Canton Paradise. It is a franchise of those with the same name in Singapore.
Paradise Inn has a concept of Chinese home-style cooking. At previous days, Paradise Inn only focused on soups, teas, and desserts, but now it expanded to serving main courses and various appetizers.
I've always loved the interior in any of Boga's chinese restaurants. And of course I also love the ones here. As according to its name, the interior concept also is made to replicate an old-fashioned chinese inn/lodge. If you ever watched any old-themed chinese kungfu movies, you will see a lot of similarities of interior with the ones you see here at Paradise Inn.
Certainly it was quite comfortable inside the restaurant, and also the service was very pleasing that day.
As in any traditional Chinese-home style restaurants, you will be given a welcome snack. It could vary. Some restaurants serves chinese pickles, and here they serve peanuts.
I came here that day to taste some of Paradise Inn's new menus. And here are those menus that I tried.
Crisp Fried Eggplant Tossed with Chicken Floss - IDR 28K
Deep-fried and light battered eggplant topped with chicken floss. It's one of their new menus. Actually I've experienced this kind of menu at Canton Paradise and I super loved it. This one at Paradise Inn kinda tasted the same. It's delicious. The batter on the eggplant had a nice bit of saltiness which combined perfectly with the savory chicken floss. The texture was good too. The tender eggplant, the crunchy batter and the rough-grainy floss really mixed well and it almost as if there was a feast of flavors and textures in my mouth.
Hot Plate Tofu with Preserved “Cai Xin” and Minced Pork - IDR 48K
This dish was so loveable. The tofu was very soft and silky. So tender it kinda melted in my mouth when I ate it. It's just so good! Also in the dish was the minced pork which tasted superb. The sauce in the dish was just delicious. And being served in a hot plate, the bottom of the plate was coated with egg. Overall it's a total knock-out of deliciousness. Hands down, this is just one must-order menu of the restaurant.
Crisp Pork Ribs with Marmite Sauce - IDR 88K
A new proclaimed signature dish of the restaurants. Since it took me some time to take photos of the dish, it went cold as I started eating it and it became a bit hard to chew. So better eat the ribs while they're still hot. Flavorwise it's good, although I found the dish was way too sweet for my palate. I prefer pork ribs to be a lot more savory though. But it's nice to try a different kind of flavors every now and then.
Poached Chinese Spinach with Egg Trio & Minced Pork in Superior Stock - IDR 58K
Quite a long name for a dish, right? But the flavors came in just one word: delicious.
I loved the taste of the stock which was so rich, and also the fresh cut spinach. And it's also wonderful how they incorporated three kinds of egg in the dish. What I liked the most was the blackened egg and it's also my favourite one with its nice spongy texture.
Prawn Mayonnaise with Katsuobushi - IDR 88K (small), IDR 108K (medium)
Save the best for last. It's not common to see katsuobushi in a chinese cuisine, especially home-style ones but I have to give applause to the restaurant for having this unique yet delicious dish. It's my most likeable dish, and I think other foodies that went there that day also share the same thought. Combining the katsuobushi (which commonly found on takoyaki and okonomiyaki) with the mayonnaise prawn was just genius. Each one just elevated the flavors of others. The texture was also great. A highly recommended dish from me.
Overall conclusion, yet again Boga Group didn't fail to deliver me awesome dishes. I have never been let down by any Boga's restaurant, and same goes here. There are just a lot to love about the restaurant, starting from the ambiance, the service, and most definitely the food.
Every dish served that day was just mouth-watering and in my opinion it came with the suitable price tags.
So thank you Openrice and Paradise Inn for having me. Certainly you guys have got me craving for more of those delicious chinese delicacies.
Keep on chewing!