We stopped at Paradise India Cuisine last Sunday evening for dinner. It’s a new place that just opened up, right next to Neomonde on Chapel Hill Rd. We had stopped by at 5:30pm because we usually get to restaurants early to beat the crowd, and they had just opened for the evening.
The atmosphere seemed very casual, with paper napkins and the water jug left right at the table. That’s sometimes a good thing though, if you’ve got to wash down some spicy food. The server was very attentive, taking our drink order immediately and coming back frequently to check up on us. Of course, at that time there wasn’t anyone else there. We got some mango lassis and they are perfect for some good, spicy food.
For an appetizer we got the harabara kebab. It was recommended by the server and I had never tried it before. It was very, very good. I have no idea what was even in it, but if we go there again I could just get 20 of them and be happy. They were so delicious.
For the entrees, my husband got the murg malai kebab, which was chicken in a creamy yogurt type sauce. It was extremely tender and tasty, but the chicken only came on a skillet with some green peppers and onions. It wasn’t served with any rice or any vegetables that my husband likes, so it was pretty much just the chicken for him.
I wanted to order the baby goat biryani, but unfortunately they said they were out of the baby goat. Too bad, I had never tried baby goat (or any goat meat) and I had really wanted to try it. So instead, I ordered the chicken biryani. It came out in a little pot with some curry sauce and raita on the side. The biryani was really good. I loved the different flavors in the rice, but the chunks of chicken at the bottom puzzled me. Instead of being evenly mixed throughout the dish, the chicken was attached to 2 large bony bits under all the rice. I was curious about the curry sauce, it was certainly hot in spiciness, but cool in temperature. I wasn’t sure if that was intentional. The raita was good for cooling off when I ate too much curry, but there weren’t any cucumbers in it. It was just onions in the raita, and I really like it with cucumbers.
We had ordered naan with the meal, but unfortunately it didn’t come until near the end of the meal. That was my only big complaint about the restaurant. The server seemed extremely attentive during the first 2/3 of the meal, but seemed to disappear later on.
Overall, I would definitely go back though. I really want to try that goat biryani, and I’m looking forward to eating a lot more of those harabara kebobs.