October 31, 2019

An Viet Vietnamese Casual Dining @ Paradigm Mall

Ăn Viet Opens Its Fourth Outlet at Paradigm Mall

No stranger to our dining scene, Ăn Viet has just opened its fourth outlet in Paradigm Mall at PJ. Renowned for serving authentic Vietnamese food, Ăn Viet also acts as a platform to minimize global food wastage.

The new outlet is located next to Tesco in the mall. Beautifully design with lots of natural elements incorporated such as wood works and greens, the dining space is spacious and comfortable. The menu is the same as other outlets but has been updated recently to include some new dishes.

At this outlet, the same concept of diners picking fresh basil from pots of basil applies. There is also a corner where diners can help themselves to the fresh condiments and vegetables to be added to some of the dishes like pho. Diners will also wash their freshly picked basil leaves here with the water and bowls provided.

For those who prefer a healthy beverage, opt for the Trà Atisô which is Vietnamese Artichoke Tea (RM6.90 cup|RM11.90 pot). Said to contain vitamins, folate, and minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, and iron to aid detoxification for the liver and body, the tea has a delicate note that is soothing and easy on the palate.

When dining Vietnamese cuisine, a Cà Phê Sữa or Vietnamese Drip Coffee with Condensed Milk (RM7.90 hot|RM8.90 cold) is almost mandatory. The strong brew of coffee extracted through a slow dripping process will certainly perk up some adrenalin in your senses. Ăn Viet’s version is deliciously addictive, thick and creamy with every sip.

We also tried the Sinh Tố Quả Bở or Ice Blended Avocado (RM10.90) which is like an avocado smoothie. Cold and refreshing, its smooth and creamy. Good to share as it can be quite filling.

When one cannot decide what to order for appetizers, order the Khai Vị Tổng Hợp. The appetizer platter consists of Fresh & Fried Spring Roll with Tiger Prawn and Sugarcane Prawn (RM14.90). Basically, its all the classic Vietnamese dishes that one can try. Both fresh and fried spring rolls are very tasty. Once has all the fresh and crunch elements while the other has that crispy and moist filling. Beautifully delish!

The Sugarcane Prawn had all the check marks of a perfectly cooked appetizer. Plump and sweet, the bouncy texture of the prawn paste was very commendable and delicious. Ăn Viet uses tiger prawns for their version and one can certainly taste the fresh sweetness of the crustacean in every bite.

One of the most popular street food in Vietnamese is this simple looking Bánh Tráng Nướng or Grilled Rice Paper with Minced Pork (RM9.90). It’s the combination of bits of minced pork, along with egg, dried shrimp, chili, spring onions and more on rice paper and grilled to a lovely crispy pancake. The version here is divine, so delicious that one more may not be enough!

Canh Chua Hải Sản or Vietnamese Seafood Sour Soup (RM16.90) is quite the classic soup in Vietnamese cuisine although it may not be familiar to our shore. The broth, piquant and tangy with a subtle heat, is derived from seafood stock with fruity pineapple and fresh herbs. Filled with prawns, squid and clams, the soup is deliciously addictive. Its quite hard to stop till one spoon up every bit of the broth.

For a light appetizer, one should order the Bánh Tráng Trộn or Rice Paper & Green Mango Salad (RM14.90). It got all the right balance of flavours and textures. Finely julienned crisp unripe green mango with shredded rice paper, quail eggs, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and crowned with pork floss, the salad is savory, sweet, sour and spicy.

The very mention of a Vietnamese sandwich and the image of a golden crispy baguette filled with selected cold cuts, pate, pickled vegetables and fresh herbs comes to mind. Ăn Viet Bánh Mì - Gà Nướng Xả Ớt or Vietnamese Baguette with Grilled Lemongrass Chicken (RM14.90) does not let down in terms of flavours. The smoky grilled chicken is tender and moist along with creamy buttery pate while the fresh crunchy vegetables and herbs coupled with Sriracha sauce was a perfect combination for the light and airy baguette.

The folks at Ăn Viet is always looking for pho-fection! They consistently tweak their recipe to achieve a hearty and delicious bowl of piping hot pho. Therefore, their latest recipe for Phở Bò Dặc Biệt or Vietnamese Beef Noodle Special (RM19.90 a la carte | RM24.90 set meal) is a definitely a winner in my books. The bowl consisted of raw beef, beef brisket, shank, tripe, tendon and homemade 100% pure beef ball, along with a luscious and hearty beef broth spiced up with Vietnamese rice noodles.

Each slurp of the noodles and sip of the broth is beautifully satisfying. The aroma is enticing and wondrously satiating. We were told that Ăn Viet uses 18 secret ingredients and beef bones and simmered it for at least 12-hours to achieve that gorgeous delicate yet tasty and aromatic broth. The beef is tender, cooked upon the hot flashes of broth while the beef brisket, shank, tripe and tendon are braised till tender. The restaurant also makes their own beef balls. Its certainly a lot of effort for a bowl of pho but the result is sublime. Diners can add their preference of fresh herbs, bean sprouts and lime as well as chili to jazz up their pho.

Another dish to order is definitely Bún chả or Hanoi Style Grilled Pork with Vermicelli (RM18.90 a la carte | RM23.90 set meal). A dish that rocketed to stardom when legendary Chef Anthony Bourdain and past US President Barrack Obama had it in Vietnam, it’s a bowl of chargrilled meatball and pork slices swimming in an umami-rich fish sauce broth to be savored with thin vermicelli noodles and fresh greens and herbs. The broth has that unctuous aroma, in a good note, that heightened the chargrill flavours to much sumptuousness. Its in fact my little one’s favorite dish to order at Ăn Viet!

If there is one dish to rave this round, it would have to be the Bò Sốt Vang or Vietnamese Style Braised Beef (RM19.90 a la carte | RM21.90 set meal). The stew is one of the best beef stews I have had for a while and it is now the benchmark for all Vietnamese beef stew moving forward. The gravy has that rich tomatoey and moreish notes along with tender chunks of beef, carrots and potatoes that makes it very enjoyable. One can enjoy this with rice or baguette, but I highly recommend it with the baguette. It’s so good that we had one to-go!

To end the delicious Vietnamese dining experience, the Caramel Pudding (RM6.90) is simply a must! The smooth eggy richness of the custard pudding with the caramelized syrup is a match made in heaven.

There is also Viet-Ffogato or Coconut Ice Cream with Vietnamese Coffee (RM9.90) for those who chases for a bit of caffeine rush. The dark bitter richness of Vietnamese drip-coffee with a scoop of luscious coconut ice cream is a great ending to the meal.

Else one can also opt for another classic coffee of Cà Phê Trứng or Vietnamese Drip Coffee with Egg (RM9.90 hot | RM10.90 cold). The rich and dark Vietnamese drip coffee comes with a foamy and creamy layer of whipped egg yolk. A side of condensed milk allows diners to adjust the sweetness to their liking.

Ăn Viet has always been one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants for classic and authentic Vietnamese dishes. The consistency and quality of the dishes are always spot-on and the wide menu choices is also affordable. Now, there’s one more reason to visit Paradigm Mall for a taste of Ăn Viet!

Paradigm Mall PJ (Near TESCO)
Lot LG 02 – 03A, Paradigm Mall PJ,
1, Jalan SS 7/26a, SS7,
547301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603-76612844

Opening hours
Mondays – Fridays                              11am – 10pm (last order at 9.45pm)
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays  10am – 10pm (last order at 9.45pm)

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