Paradox is not located inside the main town, where the majority of tourists are, but outside along the main road. Although you won’t get an amazing view, you can still feel relaxed in a half open garden like sitting area.
The restaurant is also a bar, and the bar section is mostly indoors, with a big flat TV hanging on the wall. Outside there are roofed area and open area, where you have tables, chairs and couches. One wall is richly painted with one of the famous beaches in Thailand.
The menu serves typical Thai food you can eat anywhere in the world. However, I do like the fact that they charge different prices for the ingredients. For instance, if you eat the same dish with vegetarian option, you will pay less. I certainly think it’s a great idea, because many times when we order a dish that features cheese or other meaty ingredients, the restaurant would simply take those out and charge us the same amount of money, not even bothering to replace them with other vegan options such as nuts. That’s one reason I don’t bother eating in ordinary restaurants.
We tried the spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce. It was crispy and tasty, and I love the sauce very much. Another of my favorite is green papaya salad. I always order it whenever I can find it! It was served with shredded carrots, crushed peanuts, cherry tomatoes and topped with lime juice. I like the fresh taste of it on a hot summer day.
Then we ordered Pad Thai with rice noodles, which was a stir-fry dish with baby corns, green and red peppers, onion, shredded carrots and as usual, topped with crushed peanuts. It was delicious although I personally would want more vegetables. Honey tried a Red Curry stew with white rice. It had red peppers, carrots, broccoli and other vegetables and very creamy sauce. It was slightly sweet and spicy. To conclude our meal, we ordered the fried banana (which usually served with ice-cream) in caramelized sugar sauce. As they didn’t have vegan ice-cream the restaurant treated us the dish for free!
As a whole we had a simple and nice dinner at Paradox. The food is tasty and it’s well priced. The service is cordial as waiter really understands our needs. As there are limited choices when it comes to vegan food in Oia, Paradox is a nice option when you get tired of eating fava beans or potatoes in other places.