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