There's nothing quite like spending your evening along the waterfront, with evidence of the affluent right before your eyes (think yachts and seafront bungalows). Quayside Isle has since been opened for close to a year now, and we've taken time to explore Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro and other new diners along the destination dining stretch. Today, we gave Paradiso a try and let's take a look at what this newest concept by Cuba Libre Group is all about.
What is it: Paradiso, which means 'heaven' in Latin, provides an open-concept kitchen concept for casual yet intimate dining located within Sentosa's Cove very first and only F&B and retail destination Quayside Isle (QI), adjacent to W Hotel Singapore. Also the sister outlet of Cuba Libre and Nueva Cuba, this almost 2000-square-feet restaurant offers a taste of the Mediterranean with some Latin American favourites and award-winning Mojitos. Both indoor and outdoor dining are available, with private rooms made available for special occasions.
Must-try: It's really all about sharing here at Paradiso, so go ahead and go crazy when it comes to ordering different tapas and mains for some communal eating if you're to ask us. For tapas, we'd recommend the Bistec Gingre (S$16) -- beef cubes that are sauteed with ginger, chilli and garlic that's served on a hot plate. This is something you'd want to eat immediately once it's served because the beef gets cooked to well-done pretty fast and fans of beef done a little rare may not quite fancy the toughness. For a seafood choice, opt for the Mejillones en Ron y Crema (S$14) -- mussels sauteed in rum-infused cream sauce. It was surprisingly easy to the palates despite the initial association that a alcohol-cream base dish would be overwhelming.
The mains that we couldn't stop raving about -- Calamares Rellenos (S$24) and Pollo Al Mojito (S$24). The first one is a stuffed squid dish, served in Cuban mojo and accompanied with Cuban rice, which really outshone their signature seafood paella. Correct us if we're wrong, but the squid was seared perfectly, with just the right amount of cheese going on in the stuffing. And the pairing of the flavoured rice complemented it just the way it should have, without being too overpowering. The latter is Paradiso's very own Mojito chicken served with patatas bravas and sauteed beans. We'd recommend this if you're not that big of a seafood fan.
Oh yes! The Mojitos, how can we forget. Order the Classic Mojito (S$24) in Grande, which is ideal for two to share. We added lychee (S$2) but you can always opt for strawberry or watermelon. Depending on preference, you might want to try the Cointreau Mojito (S$24) instead for something a little stronger.
Verdict: It doesn't take very long for a place to grow on you once you've determined the comfort level and quality of service you get during your first visit, which was exactly what Paradiso did to us. Returning visits will definitely not be long from now, as we're all for the casual and open concept, with a view of the yachts along Sentosa Cove and a pretty decent Mediterranean menu.
Paradiso Restaurant & Bar, 31 Ocean Way, #01-03 Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375, +65 6694 5428, www.paradiso.com.sg