Paradise Indian Cuisine (Formerly Indiclub) is a modern Indian restaurant which takes its inspiration from the age old dining. This approach allows you to choose a variety of appetizers and entrees to share with your dining companions.
You could say that Shamim and Riffat Rana are passionate about Asian cuisine. So passionate, in fact, that they have overcome great odds to become—and remain—a local go-to dining establishment. The duo founded the original O's Place in Woodlawn in 2002, growing their cozy eatery through hard work, dedication, and support from the community. By 2005, their success necessitated a move to a larger space on Security Boulevard. But three years later, it looked as though their good fortune might come to an end: that’s when the thriving eatery burned down in an electrical fire.
Somehow, Shamim and Riffat never lost hope. Instead, they found a new culinary home on the second floor of Seoul Plaza, where patrons now sit in the food court outside or within the eatery’s charming dining room decorated with Asian-inspired artwork and flowers. Using the same culinary formula that gained the restaurant its initial popularity, the family-friendly eatery boasts a large assortment of Chinese and South Asian buffet dishes, kept warm and working on their tans under heat lamps. For specific cravings, diners may also order from lunch and dinner menus full of Pakistani and Indian specialties, including tandoori chicken and beef nihari.
Dessert becomes a guilt-free treat at Sweet Indulgence Mini Dessert Bar. Each dessert is downsized to just the right size, and is custom-made from scratch with locally grown, organic ingredients. Served inside miniature shot-glass dishes, the small servings pack major flavor and offer a taste familiar desserts with a twist. For instance: the strawberry shortie layers fresh strawberry sauce amid rich red-velvet cake, strawberry cheesecake, and whipped topping. Splashes of vodka or champagne in certain desserts also entice adults who are tired of baking entire six-packs into birthday cakes.
Twenty-two different varieties of pho noodle soups emerge from the Pho Saigon kitchen in pristine white bowls, enveloped in a cloud of steam and a gingery fragrance. The massive bowls are filled to the brim with goodies—tender steak, plump meatballs, fresh vegetables, thin rice noodles—and come with plates of crunchy bean sprouts and fresh lime wedge garnishes. Servers set these bowls down on tabletops, alongside orders of crisp summer rolls and grilled pork, shrimp, and beef vermicelli noodle dishes. They offer diners a choice of utensil, including chopsticks, forks, and inflatable foam hammers.
Plates at Kabab Hut brim with traditional Bangladeshi dishes including curries, tandoori chicken, and skewered kebabs. A selection of 27 combo meals load these spicy, simmering entrees onto beds of rice along with sides such as fries or naan. The eatery also welcomes families with a kids' menu that reduces each dish to smaller portions without the need to root around for the shrink ray Mom keeps in her purse.
Formerly known as Honey Pig Dumpling, Honey Pig Chicken now broadens its menu beyond steamed bundles of flavor. Even when she isn't present, the pink cheeks and puckered lips of co-owner Mickey Kim still watch over Honey Pig Chicken. Depicted as a warm, friendly cartoon, Kim looks out from a banner that hangs over the counter inside the Catonsville Lotte Plaza's Asian grocery store. That playful personality is reflected in Honey Chicken's aesthetics as well as its menu, which encompasses seven sweet-bun dumplings: beef bulgogi, pork, mixed vegetables, curry with potatoes, shrimp, chicken, and kimchi with ground beef. Newer dishes include spicy Korean-style fried chicken or pork and ddukbokki—a traditional plate consisting of fish and spicy rice cakes.