Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Restaurant Asli Makanan Laut Mutiara Biru 阿士里海鲜村 @ Taman Laguna, Johor Bharu

Restaurant Asli Makanan Laut Mutiara Biru 阿士里海鲜村 @ Taman Laguna, Johor Bharu

If you are craving for seafood but do not wish to spend too much, Restoran Asli in Taman Laguna serves as a good choice. 

The seafood restaurant has started its business long ago, even before the development of Taman Laguna. Those days, there were no street light and no proper paved road to access the seafood paradise. It was really adventurous to go through the darkness and the bumpy journey to reach the restaurant and hence patrons especially appreciate the dishes. Anyway, I was talking about those days, where crimes rate was not so critical, otherwise, you may not be able to reach the restaurant safely.

Today, following the rapid development in the region of Iskandar, the restaurant is now comparatively easily accessible. The location is still strategically located next to the sea, overlooking Singapore.   

Not to explain too much on the dishes, let the pictures do the talking! 
Fried Crab with Salted Egg  咸蛋螃蟹

Fried Kangkung 马来风光

Indonesia Curry Prawn 印尼咖哩虾

Stir Fried Bamboo Stick 竹嵌

Deep Fried Squid 炸苏东

Five dishes for five pax only costed us RM139 which I am quite sure that you will hardly get the same price in other seafood restaurants in Johor Bahru. However, the dishes here are just for satisfaction of craving and we actually felt the quality of food is sliding down, comparing to few years back. If you are looking for quality and fine seafood cuisine, Restoran Asli may not be the right destination. 

Address : Restaurant Asli Makanan Laut Mutiara Biru 阿士里海鲜村
Jalan Sungai Temon Asli,
Kampung Sungai Temon, 
81200, Johor Bahru, Johor.
GPS : N 1 27.604 E 103 42.261
(Direction can refer here)

Tel : 012-775 9632 / 012-733 3117
Bussiness Hour : 12.00pm-10.00pm
(Close at Tuesday)

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

TANBA Japanese BBQ 炭馬日式烧烤 @ Taman Molek, Johor Bharu

TANBA Japanese BBQ 炭馬日式烧烤 @ Taman Molek, Johor Bharu

TANBA Japanese BBQ was the first renowned restaurant in Johor Bahru which focuses on Japanese styled BBQ buffet. Subsequent to its success, BBQ buffet has became a trend in Johor Bahru and BBQ buffet restaurants start to spring up like mushrooms everywhere in the southern tip of Malaysia. However, among the other BBQ Buffet restaurants, I would still give my preference to TANBA. 

The magnificent exterior design of the restaurant is the first attraction, although its main door is always closed and not so inviting, but in a way it looks mysterious and stimulate people's curiosity. With the White Pine giant bonsai in front of the restaurant, it truly exhibits the culture of Japanese. 

The indoor setting is very spacious and comfortable too. The dining tables are custom-made to ensure suitability for BBQ, thick wooden surface with a space in the middle of the table for placement of charcoal and equipped with the built-in hood. Unlike most of the Korean restaurants with the retractable hood, I like the idea of having the built-in hood, so the diners will not feel smoky during the dinner and leaving the restaurant without the barbeque smell. 

TANBA offers both buffet style and ala carte BBQ. For normal diners like us, the menu for buffet is sufficiently good and worthy for us. If you are looking for even premium ingredients for your BBQ, you may go for the ala carte menu which provides various top quality items eg. black pork, wagyu and urchin. The pricing for buffet is as follows:

Monday - Sunday Dinner (5pm- 11pm) : RM88+ per pax
Monday - Friday Lunch (12pm - 5pm) : RM68+ per pax
Saturday - Sunday & Public Holiday Lunch (12pm-5pm) : RM88+ per pax

With the price, you are entitled to enjoy everything on 2-pages buffet menu, ranging from sashimi, sushi, appetizer, main course, soup, dessert and various ingredients for BBQ. Oh ya, please ensure that you read the ordering rules on the top of the menu that every diner is limited to 5 dishes per order. 

Our meal started with the appetizers comprising Chuka Idako and Sashimis, all served in small portion just good for two pax, so that we can taste more dishes later on. Although with a cheaper price (than ordering from the ala carte menu), our dining experience was not jeopardised and the foods served were very fresh and of high quality.

Our meals followed by the BBQ items, which we could select from the menu the meats and the marinades that we prefer. Apart from the meaty ingredients, they have wide selection on seafood too, like scallop, prawn, squid, fish and etc.

We had Yakitori on the grill too! Yummy~

This is a kind of dried fish that I couldn't really recall its name. Place them on the barbeque panel and grill it to the perfection, the texture of the dried fish is quite chewy and is a very good snack to go with sake.

Last but not least, TANBA's ice cream as dessert! They serve only two flavours ice cream, but both tasted heavenly good and creamy. 

Another tip of having buffet meal in TANBA: the ordering period is limited to 2 hours from the first order, but you may stay in the restaurant until the end of every session to finish the foods ordered during the 2 hours. 

Address : TANBA Japanese BBQ 炭馬日式烧烤
31, Jalan Molek 3/20, Taman Molek, 
81100 Johor Bahru
GPS :N 1 31.160 E 103 47.010

Business Hour: 11am - 12am
Tel : 07-3610505

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Atlas Coffee Embassy @ Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bharu

Atlas Coffee Embassy @ Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bharu

We surfed the net and knew that this "Atas" Coffee Embassy (oops, correction: it is "Atlas Coffee Embassy") serves decent whole day breakfast. It definitely does not look like a cafe from its exterior design, but rather a designer office? I like its simple yet modern design and the combination of black, white and grey.

Atlas Coffee Embassy is located at Mount Austin, the not-so-new residential area which is getting famous lately for lots of good foods. Atlas Coffee Embassy is highly recommended as one of the good place for American breakfast and their coffee. Honestly, we were attracted by the foods' photos posted by the netizens and visited this cafe without knowing the taste of the foods. 

Their menu is all written on a piece of Kraft paper- simple, low cost but practical, it is pretty true that no matter how good looking or expensive a menu is, it will end up in bad condition after flipping thru by the customers after certain period of time. I really like their idea.

How to place your order? If you opt for all-day breakfast, you can place your order by marking on the laminated white cardboard, with the choices of 3 items. 5 items or 7 items. Yeah, you can decide what is going to be on your plate.

Other than all-day breakfast, the cafe also serves salad, waffles, pancakes, soup and light snacks, which are all written on the Kraft paper.

This is the multiple-tasks station where you place your order and the baristas work. Also, the bottom part of the station has been designed and utilised to be a book rack, with some magazines.

The space organisation is very good, rendering the cafe looks spacious. Right in front of the entrance, is the L-shape tall table and chairs, then near to the wall, there are s stretch of bigger tables for 2 pax - 4 pax.

Going further, you could see the canteen style tables which could accommodate 6-8 people. 

Affogato  RM15.90
 Mixture of espresso with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Sorry for being "sua-gu", we ordered this because we have not had it before ;P 

It is special that there is no creamer or milk added, and the vanilla ice cream and caramel play their roles to sweeten the coffee. The coffee is further topped with some crunchy nuts, which provides different layers of texture. The drinking way is up to the creativity of the diner too? This is just my thought, perhaps you could stir the vanilla ice cream well with the coffee before drinking OR to taste the coffee and the ice cream separately. 

All Day Breakfast RM15.90 (3 items) / RM18.90 (5 items) /RM21.90 (7 items)
I opted for 5 items, which comprised of grilled mushrooms, bacon, sausage, harsh brown and scrambled eggs, all are my favourites! Every breakfast set will be served together with toasts and salad, to balance up the diet. 

I like their home-made harsh brown, with the golden brown and crispy outer layer, but soft and melt-in-the mouth texture inside. 

Butter & Syrup  RM12.90
Waffles with butter and maple syrup - the classic matches. Nothing much to shout about, but the batter is well mixed, hence it is crispy and not easily soggy. 

This is a great place which is highly recommended for breakfast or high tea. Even if you are alone, Atlas Coffee Embassy definitely has the good and quiet environment for you to have a decent coffee and spend an afternoon for a good book.

Address : Atlas Coffee Embassy
32 Jalan Austin Heights 8/7,
Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru
GPS :  N1 33.50 E103 46.43

Business Hour : 8.30am - 11.00pm
Tel : 07-358 7546