Sited atop the 30th floor of the new hotel adjacent to Paradigm Shopping Centre, you sip signature cocktails, savour Western and Asian grilled selections, or graze on tasty tapas-style small plates paired with wines or a cold Malaysian beer here.
Having chalked up over two decades of culinary experience at internationally acclaimed restaurants and luxury chain hotels, Executive Chef Alexander Chong is man of the hour here; leading his team on reinterpreting fresh takes of classic Western and Chinese dishes.
We started the evening with crunchy deep-fried fish skin - the current 'it' snack. Addictive morsels these, scented with curry leaves and dried chilli but go easy as your devour them whilst knocking back your fave tipples from the bar.
A surefire crowd-pleaser, the succulent slices of Marinated Salmon (RM28) tickles the tastebuds with hints of lime and dill, sour cream, capers and fresh arugula leaf. Order a nice white wine to go with it and you’d feel everything’s right in the world.
Fish stock forms the base for the house speciality of Chowder (RM16) amped up with tiger prawns, snapper and clams. Tomato, saffron & olive oil lend soft tartness, enticing aroma and lush richness to balance and amplify the oceanic accents. Our only grouse is the soup should be served piping hot for maximum enjoyment.
Shareable main courses to party the evening away ranges from Jumbo Satay: Chicken (RM28) or Beef (RM38) to the substantial PJ’s Party Platter (RM38) comprising breaded crabcakes, softshell crab, hot fries, crispy wonton chips and Asian dips.
The former is best savoured hot with the accompanying peanut sauce. Despite their dainty appearance, loading up on the latter’s nibble-worthy options coupled with drinks and convivial chit-chat should leave anyone shooting the breeze replete. Heartier appetites may feel the compulsion to occupy casual vacancy in the tums with dessert.
Chef Alex’s pride in his Asian roots is translated into winsome Citrus Baba (RM28) -- showcasing the invigorating freshness of calamansi jelly with vanilla ice cream to create a splendid, likeable treat.
He left the Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée (RM28) well alone; dulcet smooth and decidedly sweet with a crackling burnt sugar top, it’s a pudding that should please purists without rocking any dessert boat.
PJ's Bar & Grill is a cool, relaxing hangout to while the evening away post-work or revel in a casual catch-up with friends. Sleek wood accents dominate with strategic pendant and ambient lighting ensure the interior is aglow at dusk. The prized seating is out by the spacious patio cum viewing deck, steps away from the hotel pool and vertical garden.
Choice puffs of cigars from Cuba and the Dominican Republic are available in the plush privacy of the on-site Cigar Lounge in addition to an extensive wine and liquor list.