Paradiso Italian Restaurant @ Taman Danau Desa, KL

As if we weren’t spoilt enough, ordering our cakes from JHP, FBB and now…
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We get our Baklava, specially made for us by the Preljevic’s. Ms Minela Preljevic specifically.
The Preljevics are from Montenegro but they have lived in Malaysia for the longest time, running the show at that little Italian restaurant called Paradiso, in Taman Desa.

Minela is now a good friend of ours and sometimes we just swing by for a quick, easy dinner, hangout and chat with her. Her mum and dad use to be the main cooks at this place, but now, the business has passed on to their 3 daughters, Minela, Meena and Miza.

Anyway, the Baklava is not really for public consumption – more for family and friends and if you are lucky, sometimes you might walk in on them making a batch.. they actually invite you to try some;) .. anyway, now we know Minela, we custom order it from her and she makes us a handsome batch when the time or need arises, and believe me, we need!

Her baklava is thick, dense, sweet and packed with nuts.

Its pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey packs a punch I find hard to resist. I make Cumi open our stash on the spot and feed me some right there in the deli.
He feeds himself some too, of course;)

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The pizza here is good as well. Fuss free, affordable and you can ask for loads of extra cheese and tomato base, if you like.
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If you are looking for 5 star fine italian dining, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a nice, warm, cozy interior with heartwarming company, service and food, then THIS is the place for you:)
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Just down that same block is a really cute 100Yen Shop.
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What’s different about this shop is the dessert kiosk they have at the front.
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You see that cute lil penguin? Well it churns our iced desserts not unlike the ice-kacang. Too bad we already pigged out on tiramisu, ice cream and baklava. Next time little penguin.. next time.
Add:
Paradiso,
5-0-2, Jalan 3/109F,
Danau Business Centre,
Taman Danau Desa,
58100 KL
Tel:03-7981 9996


Comments

  1. Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    If my name's Meena, do I get to be her friend and eat her baklava too? Oh wow, as it turns out, my name is Meena. Yay!

  2. CUMI & CIKI says:

    ya lar.. if u follow us, sure got loadsa baklava.. the nuts are to die for.. :P

  3. paranoidandroid says:

    Oh.. The Baklava looks absolutely divine. Tried Baklava from the Uzbek guy that runs a stall at Mid Valley/Gardens LG1. Was a bit disappointed. But his dates with walnuts sandwiched in between was yummy.

    Sounds like a very cosy place to hang out. As I usually finish work pretty late, I must call them up for the opening times.

  4. Christy says:

    Cool, you now get to eat privileged food…hahaha, you're officially SPOILT!! LOL! =)

  5. thule a.k.a leo says:

    you are everywhere in klang valley… how do you manage to go virtually everywhere??? hahaha…

  6. been wanting to try this place for ages, but never found the chance. remember reading somewhere that they have another outlet in jalan alor ar?

  7. ::. Anton ::. says:

    I'm so gonna get my arse to paradiso soon. Hvnt gone there in ages. Btw, some other eateries there offer good food too. There a nice vegetarian place "Fan Chai Xiang" further down the street as well as a nice steamboat place at the other end from Paradiso.

    Happy discovering! ^_^
    +Ant+

  8. Petrina says:

    My sister is going to be so happy. Good baklava in Malaysia! Even better, good baklava just 5 mins from my house! Always loved their pizzas. And their risotto funghi is sinfully buttery.

    The iced desserts from Mr Penguin are really good. I like the milk one without topping. The shaved ice is so soft and fine, feels almost like snow. I think I'll go over for dessert tonight!

  9. thenomadGourmand says:

    oho..so this is where yr stash of Baklava comes frm!
    How small is the smallest ahh?

  10. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    Thick, dense, sweet and nutty…who can resist that?? I'd go for cosy and comfy rather than 5 star fine dining! ;)

  11. I almost mistaken that signboard as Buonasera!

  12. Sugar Bean says:

    Nice one, would like to try this Italian restaurant out. Reminded me of Pizza Uno in Taipan.

    Love shopping in the 100 yen shop. We've tried the ice-cream, not bad. ^^

  13. Leonard Loh says:

    Gosh the pizza, looks simple yet delicious! I think i would love the pepper with the pepperoni very much.

    5-star dining is acquirable. Nice cozy and home-like feel however, is hard to come by.

  14. jencooks says:

    Baklava one of my favourite Lebanese food. Lucky gal for being frens with owner, I am your fren too for that bite, please.

  15. breadpitt says:

    omg…the pizza looks juicy….llok at those cheeseeeeee…..forget about 5 star…as long as the food ans service its great;-)

  16. Nic (KHKL) says:

    ahhh, so this is the baklava that u were talking about the other day…definitely looks good. we should have a potluck soon! ciki, bring baklava!!!!

  17. "Joe" who is constantly craving says:

    ohhh this looks sweet..wait doubly sweet..perfect to reward the runners after their run…dont u agree??

  18. This baklava looks totally different than the baklava I had during my trip in Turkey. Interesting to try though :)

  19. CUMI & CIKI says:

    PA:
    well, u need to get to know em first. Coz they only bake for friends:)

    Christy:
    we are spoilt! Joy!

    thule:
    virtual insanity:P

    sean:
    i think, just the one

    anton:
    ya ya ya!

    petrina:
    yar, i wanna try the penguin next time!

  20. CUMI & CIKI says:

    TNG:
    erm, like two large rectangular boxes worth !

    bbabe:
    agree

    Jason:
    yar hor, now u mentioned it!

    sugar bean:
    you must try la:)

    Leonard:
    a hearty meal w/o burning a hole in ur pocket!

  21. CUMI & CIKI says:

    Jen:
    LOL, that's how i feel!

    breadpitt:
    I agree la

    nic:
    LOL.. so demanding! hehe.. can bring for Joe's BBQ!

    JOE:
    totally agree!

  22. worldwindows says:

    Baklava, sounds Hokkienlah. Lebanese or Montenegrin food? Malaysia is turning more and more cosmopolitan. I have a Bosnian as a classmate!

  23. CUMI & CIKI says:

    Well spotted. FFB also commented on their surname.
    They are bosnian living in Montenegro.. so got both italian as well as bosnian influences..

  24. o my, malaysia is really changing much faster than i thought..so many food choices now…been addicted to malaysian food blogs in the past days…keep up the good work!!!

  25. foodbin says:

    Baklava? have not try it but definitely will after reading this post.

  26. qwazymonkey says:

    I want I want I want!

    Btw that penguin churns out nothing but diabetic-inducing desserts. Sickeningly sweet. It's actially quite gross. There's one just across my office.

  27. backStreetGluttons says:

    Heartwarming , nice homely baklava (it aint heavy sista ) evoking mesmerizing ever flowing sentiments worthy of another best new memory ( aka romancing da meat ) of the true essence of love, right ?

  28. Julian Si says:

    Perfect photos and a heart warming writeup … great C and C style as always!

  29. Life for Beginners says:

    Baklava! And so near my future home too! Die lar my diet plans liddat… :P

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