Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Japan Street @ Johor Baru City Square, JB

Japan Street @ Johor Baru City Square, JB

City Square has been putting in effort to enhance the variety of food within the mall. The rooftop dining area at level 6 of the mall has definitely created new dining experience to the patrons. Other than the food court for local delights, City Square has recently brought in Japanese element into the rooftop dining area. The Japanese Street is located right next to the food court.  

Applying the concept from the food court, patrons who would like to dine in in the Japanese Street have to first purchase a cash card and top up with the amount sufficient for their meals. Then, go to your desired stall and start ordering the food that you want. There are approximately 7-8 stalls along the Japanese Street, offering different types of Japanese cuisine, e.g. sushi, bento, teppanyaki and ramen. If there is any balance left in the cash card after the meal, it can still be redeemed. 

After placing the order, the stall will give you a electronic device, the function of which is similar to the UFO device in most of the Taiwanese dessert shops. However, this is more interesting with a screen that we can watch a short video while waiting for our meals to be served. 

Bibimbap  RM12+ 
Haha, it is odd to order Korean cuisine in Japan Street, but it isn't a bad idea to have something different within the street, so everybody's craving could be easily satisfied. Out of our expectation, the Bibimbap actually tasted not bad. It is definitely a healthy choice with various of sliced vegetables placed on top. The meal is also served with a miso soup.
Kyoto Tokumori Sakiga Ramen RM29.50+
There is a ramen specialty stall in the Japan Street, which sells authentic Japanese ramen. They serve both pork and chicken ramen, and we chose for chicken ramen this round. The chashu is made from chicken, but the taste was not defeated by pork chashu. Judging from the colour and thickness of the broth, it is not hard to understand why the broth tasted so good, it has absorbed all the natural sweetness from the pork bones and ribs. And, it is generous to have two onsen tamago within a bowl!

The springy ramen.

A panaroma view of the Japan Street, as you can see, although Japan Street is operated in hawker concept, the overall environment is still very cosy with the wooden furniture and warm lighting.

Address : Japan Street
JB City Square
108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 
80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
(6th Storey)

Business Hour : 10am - 10pm

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Johnny Rockets @ Forest City, Fisherman Wharf Island 1, Johor Bharu

Johnny Rockets @ Forest City, Fisherman Wharf Island 1, Johor Bharu

Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant franchise which offers high quality american burgers. It is founded by Ronn Teitelbaum on the belief that everyone deserves a place where they can escape from today's complicated world and experience the uncomplicated goodness of classic Americana.

Johny Rockets operates in 26 countries, including Malaysia. In the southern part of Malaysia, there are two outlets respectively at Country Garden Danga Bay and Forest City, both operates within the Urban Food Hall which consist of other food outlets e.g. FRANCO, The Library Coffee Bar, Q CAFE and The South East.

Although the business model of Urban Food Hall is more towards the concept of food court and Johnny Rockets is under the same roof with other food stalls, but Johnny Rockets does not compromise the quality of the foods.

The Urban Food Hall's ordering system is centralised, which the patrons can place their order for different stalls through the i-pad platform. Since we are here for Johnny Rockets, let's go directly to their menu. Pictures of the dishes are displayed on the i-pad and the interactive system actually allow patrons to customise their order, for example: you can change the normal french fries with sweet potato fries, put a remark in your order to exclude lettuce and etc.

Coke Float
Burger is best matched with coke float. But, this was not icey enough and we actually requested extra ice to make it cooler.
Captain MBO Burger Combo  RM25.45
This is a seasonal item in their menu. The Captain MBO Burger Combo is served together with fries and the coke float. I am very much into this burger because the beef patty was very juicy and complement well with the savoury sauce.
Route 66 RM19.60
This burger is named after the iconic and carefree American Highway. It is topped with swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms, onions & mayonnaise. This fan-favourite is named after the infamous highway in USA,claiming the spot as an authentic American Burger.We topped up RM2.90 for a sweet potato fries. No doubt, its taste greats.

Address : Johnny Rockets
Unit 1, Ground Floor, Fisherman Wharf Island 1,
Forest City, Jalan Tanjung Kupang, Kampung Pok,
Gelah Patah, 81500 Johor Bharu, Johor
GPS : N 1 20.195 E 103 35.392

Tel017-369 0012

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tim Ho Wan 添好运 @ The Garden, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur

Tim Ho Wan 添好运 @ The Garden, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur

It has been a while, Tim Ho Wan, the famed Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant from Hong Kong landed in Malaysia. However, this is only our first visit to this famous restaurant. We were smart enough to be in restaurant early in the morning before the weekend crowd. 

Out of our expectation, their menu has limited choices. But good thing about it, we don't need to scratch our heads about what dim sum to order on the assumption that those selected dim sum on the menu are all finely chosen.
Traditional Baked Egg Tarts 传统手工蛋塔
The multi-layers pastry is good and very crispy, perfectly matched with the soft and smooth custard filling.    
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork 脆皮焗叉烧包
Another baked item-- BBQ Pork Bun, which overturned the traditional idea of having steamed Char Siew Bun. Different from the Seremban baked bun (烧包), the pastry is more to "shortbread" texture. The Char Siew filling is with appropriate moisture, so overall the baked bun doesn't taste too dry.
Beancurd Skin Roll with Shrimp 鲜虾腐皮卷
Beancurd shrimp roll is my all-time favourite, but this one from Tim Ho Wan is slightly disappointing. As you could see from the photo, it is very oily. I expect it to be of a higher standard with its Michelin ranking.  
Prawn Dumpling 晶莹鲜虾饺
Luckily, the prawn dumpling that was served subsequently made up for the super oily beancurd shrimp roll. From the thin and translucent skin, we can see through its contents and true enough when I had it in my mouth, the filling was full of fresh shrimp.
Pan Fried Carrot Cake 香煎萝卜糕
The pan fried carrot cake is quite oily too, but not as bad as the beancurd shrimp roll. It was slightly burnt on the surface of the carrot cake, but it actually enhanced the fragrance of the carrot cake. The texture of the carrot cake was just perfect, not too hard and was easily melt in my mouth.  
Rice with Chicken, Sausage and Mushroom 腊肠北菇鸡饭
This is a "white" version of chicken glutinous rice (糯米鸡) as not much thick soy sauce were added. Although the colour makes it look plain and pale, it actually tastes very flavourful and savoury with marinated chicken, Chinese sausage and mushroom. Presented in the traditional metal cup, added the element of nostalgic into the food.
Stirred Fried Hor Fun with Pork 干炒肉片河粉
Cantonese Fried Hor Fun, which is full with "wok hei" and the smell itself made it super attractive. With the fresh and crunchy beansprout and chives, the texture of the simple fried hor fun becomes more diversified.
 Vermicelli Roll with Shrimp 韮王鲜虾肠
Traditional Hong Kong style chee cheong fun, which definitely cannot be missed out in a famous Hong Kong dim sum restaurant. The rice skin was thin and silky smooth, can easily absorb the not-too-thick light soy sauce beneath the chee cheong fun. The soy sauce gravy wasn't too salty, complement well with the chee cheong fun and still allow us to taste the freshness of the prawn filling. 

Address : Tim Ho Wan 添好运
27-G, Ground Floor
The Boulevard
1, Medan Syed Putra Utara 
Mid Valley City Gardens
59200 Kuala Lumpur

Business Hour : Monday - Friday : 10am - 10pm
Sat,Sun & PH : 8am - 10pm
(Last order @ 9.30pm)