Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Brazzo Restaurant & Lounge @ Taman Ponderosa, Johor Baru

Brazzo Restaurant & Lounge @ Taman Ponderosa, Johor Baru

Had been to Brazzo in Jalan Serampang for dinner before and this round we tried Brazzo in Taman Ponderosa for lunch. We were told that Brazzo has been offering affordable lunch sets during weekdays for workers who intend to have a quick and decent lunch. 

Pork Sausage
Some of the dishes in the lunch set menu are also available in dinner menu, but the prices are much lower. I ordered my favourite pork sausage, comprising three pieces of sausage, mashed potato and salad. The sausage is topped with the specially made sauce, dark in colour but sweet and sour in taste, which is very refreshing to match with the meaty dish.

Grilled Chicken Thigh
Grilled Chicken Thigh is one of the Brazzo's signature. It is paired with french fries and salad. Smart choice to have chicken thigh for this dish, as it is very tender and smooth, slightly grilled to perfection and topped with the fruity tasted sauce. The french fries has added a brownie point too, crispy on the outside and soft in the inside, we ate it with the grilled chicken sauce instead of chillies sauce, which were perfectly matched too.

As we visited the restaurant on a special occasion, the brownie was given as a complimentary dessert. perfectly ended our lunch.

Address : Brazzo Restaurant & Lounge
10G, Jalan Ponderosa 2/1, 
Taman Ponderosa
81100 Johor Baru

Business Hour : Mon - Sat  12pm - 1am
Tel : 07-351 3034

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Toast 土司坊 @ Permas Jaya, Johor Baru

The Toast 土司坊 @ Permas Jaya, Johor Baru

The Toast is a local brand in Johor Bahru, started its initial business in shop houses. With its decent foods and reasonable price, it has become famous within a very short period of time. To expand its business, it has also started a new outlet in Taman Permas. This building where the new outlet is located, is very eye catching. The existing glass design and high ceiling of the unit has made the restaurant very spacious and bright, provides a very comfortable environment to dine in. 

The Toast has been a popular place for breakfast among Johor Bahru-ian, with wide range of local breakfast dishes, i.e. Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam, Mee Mamak, Chui Kueh and various toast.

Soya 豆浆 RM2.70 , Yuan Yang 鸳鸯 RM2.60
There are quite a number of choices for drinks too. We had Soya and Yuan Yang (coffee and tea mixed).
Margerin Kaya 烤面包(牛油+咖椰)  RM2.30
One should not give a pass to margerin kaya toast in The Toast. As you see from the picture, a very generous spread of margerin and kaya on the bread. Very satisfying!

Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing 椰浆饭加炸鸡翅  RM8.30
The Nasi Lemak was a smart choice too. Look at the portion and side dishes, definitely worth more than the price. 
Zhui Kueh 水粿  RM3.40
We never thought of zhui kueh being offered in a cafe and surprisingly, it tasted not bad.

This is a very good place for family breakfast as the variety of foods will definitely satisfied everyone. Although it was quite crowded when we visited, the foods were actually served quite fast. We will definitely re-visit this place for its good foods and service.

Address : The Toast 土司坊
Lot 2110,Jalan Permas Utara,
Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru
GPS : N 1 30.774  E 103 49.080

Tel : 07-388 6880
Business Hour : 8am - 9pm

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Caffebene @ Johor Baru City Square, Johor

Caffebene @ Johor Baru City Square, Johor

Korean desserts are very trendy nowadays. Compared to other Korean desserts, Bingsu is one of the most popular and elaborate snack among Malaysians, in this country which has summer throughout the year. Caffebene originated from Korea, started its development in Malaysia not long ago and this one in City Square is the first outlet in the southern region of Malaysia.

The simple yet inviting exterior design of the outlet. The corner lot with both sides' doors opened make the shop looking spacious and comfortable.
Strawberry Bingsu (Single) RM16.80
A fruity bingsu is definitely our choice after a heavy dinner. Fresh strawberries are sandwiched with the milky shaved ice, rendering the whole dessert very refreshing. Eating strawberry dessert with read bean paste is something new to us, not a bad combination. I especially love the sorbet ice cream on top. 

Frappeno Caramel (Regular)  RM12.70
Caffebene has quite a number of choices for beverages as well, mainly coffee. We ordered a Frappeno Caramel for sharing. The taste is of average, still unable to beat the big brand. We like the fragrance of caramel, but Caffebene's version is slightly too sweet to my tastebud.

Address : Caffebene
Level 3, Johor Baru City Square

Bussiness Hour : 10am - 10pm

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Mian Jiu Dirty Mee 麵久拉揸面 @ Port Dickson, Lukut, Negeri Sembilan

Mian Jiu Dirty Mee  麵久拉揸面 @ Port Dickson, Lukut, Negeri Sembilan

This was during our last trip to Port Dickson. Other than good scenery, nice beach and sea, we actually didn't know that Port Dickson has well known local food too. The dirty mee is one of special and recommended food in the old town of Port Dickson. Mian Jiu, the restaurant selling dirty mee, has been long established in this small town and has definitely become the home taste in the eyes of many Port Dickson's locals.  

Other than dirty mee, Mian Jiu is also famous with its seafood soup. The soup base is made of pork broth and patrons can choose the ingredients that they want to be included in the soup, we have chosen some basic items like beancurd skin, fish ball, meat ball and Yong Tau Foo. If you are a seafood lover, you can opt for seafood too. Just a gentle reminder and make it an usual practice to check the price of the seafood before ordering, to eliminate any surprise when the bill is rendered.

The pork broth was very good, which made everything in the soup tasty too. I especially like the vegetables that fully absorbed the essence of the soup. 

A prior online research shows that dirty mee has two versions, one is fried noodles and the other one is dried noodles. The dried noodles is merely mixing the noodles with dark soy sauce, which to me slightly plain and dull, so we opted form the fried version that came with pork slices and vegetables. We started to know why is it called dirty mee when the dish was served, I bet mostly because of its dark colour. Its presentation fully reflected the unsophisticated feature of local delicacies. Despite the fame of dirty mee, I found it fall slightly below my expectation, lack of "wok hei" that fried noodles should have.    

Address : Mian Jiu Dirty Mee  麵久拉揸面
1854, Jalan Besar, 
Lukut, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

GPS : N 2 34.090 E 101 49.688

Relocate to 1, Pusat Perniagaan Lukut Utama, 71010 Port Dickson, NS
(Effective 24 Dec 2016)

Tel : 012-3538307 / 012-9058663
Business Hour : 7am - 1pm (recommend to visit early)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.

Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.

Kim Long Curry Fish Head at Jalan Wong Ah Fook has been one of the landmark restaurants in Johor Bahru, not only attracting local patrons, but is also Singaporean's favourite. We have been seeing long queue outside Kim Long Restaurant during lunch hour and with the worries of long waiting, we have not visited Kim Long at Jalan Wong Ah Fook, but it remains one of the items on our list. Until we found out a restaurant in Taman Pelangi also bears the same name, more importantly it opens for dinner at night. We were told that all the ingredients used in Taman Pelangi Kim Long are being supplied by the main shop and hence the taste should not be far different. The good taste is also evidenced by the crowd, it is not easy to get a table on Fridays' or weekends' night.

Other than the signature curry fish head, this restaurant in Taman Pelangi is also famous with its kam heong lala (clams stir-fried with garlic, dried shrimp and curry leave). We noticed almost every table has this dish and we followed the trend too. The lala is really a good choice, very savoury to go with rice.

We ordered a small portion, which is just nice for 2 pax. The fish head also comes with long beans, egg plant and cabbage, making the whole dish more abundant with various ingredients. Although it is a curry dish, the fish head used is very fresh, hence its flesh is very smooth and solid. The gravy is not too thick with the appropriate portion of coconut milk, making it rather refreshing and not overly heavy. 

Address : Kim Long Curry Fish Head 金龙咖哩鱼头
51 & 53, Jalan Kuning,
Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru

Tel : 07-3333168
Business hour : 3.30pm - 10.30pm (Tuesday Off)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Paik's Pan Sizzling Korean Chicken @ City Square, Johor Baru

Paik's Pan Sizzling Korean Chicken @ City Square, Johor Baru

Paik's Pan has entered into the territory of City Square for quite some time. As other freshies in town, the first few months of Paik's Pan's operation in Johor Bahru, there were big crowds and people queuing up to wait for seats. We visited Paik's Pan after a while of its hotness, although the crowd has reduced, we can still see high table turnover rate. 

Paik's Pan is located at Level 3, right outside the Inner City. The eye-catching red and white exterior design is definitely a brownie point, making it look modern, yet friendly and approachable. 

This is not conventional in Korean Sizzling restaurant in Malaysia, they serve side dishes which can be unlimited refilled! The cold side dishes (coleslaw, pickles and radish) are very appetizing and the warm seaweed soup really comforted our tummy before the main course served.

We opted for Spicy Dakgalbi Pan (Chicken) RM30.80/pax before GST & Service Charge. This set include of chicken in spicy sauce, fresh vegetables and rice cake. 

There are other additional ingredients to be added to the hot pan. We had extra cheese and ramen to complete our meal. It costed us RM14.80 and RM 8.80 respectively.

Similar to other Korean Sizzling Restaurants, Paik's Pan has set the minimum order of 2 pax. However, the portion for 2 pax is definitely not meant for 2 person, it can at least feed 3 to 4 person. The overall taste is very delicious, but we hardly finished the whole thing with just two stomach, it would better to share the portion with more people.

Address : Paik's Pan Sizzling Korean Chicken
Lot MF08/09. Level 3, City Square
GPS : N 1 27.695 E 103 45.837

Business Hour : 11am - 9pm
Tel : +607-207 1117

Branch : KSL City, JB

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Authentic Johor Baru Kuey Tiao Kia 老字号新山粿条仔 @ Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Baru

Authentic Johor Baru Kuey Teow Kia 老字号新山粿条仔 @ Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Baru

Have been trying few famous kuey teow kia in Johor Bahru, and this shop near to the wet market in Taman Sri Tebrua has become one of my favourite. The name of the restaurant, claiming itself as an authentic restaurant for Kuey Teow Kia in Johor Bahru. I am not too sure about its authenticity, but its kuey teow kia one of the most delicious and just right to my taste.

We normally visit the restaurant during dinner time. Other than the tables in the shop, they also get ready with another half dozen of tables, to cater the bigger crowd later in night.

The herbal broth is lighter in colour but is sufficiently flavourful. 

Our all-time favourite side dishes to go with the kuey teow kia are beancurd skin, pig intestine, pig skin, braised egg, pork belly, all of which are very tasty as they have fully absorbed the essence of the broth. This Authentic Johor Bahru has become one of our regular places for kuey teow kia, the main reason being is their consistent quality and standard, the same good taste is maintained all the while.

Address : Authentic Johor Baru Kuey Tiao Kia 老字号新山粿条仔
81, Jalan Keris 1, Taman Sri Tebrau,  
80050 Johor Baru
GPS : N 1 29.202 E 103 46.022

Business Hour : 5pm - 2am

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Workshop Cafe & Bar by Gran Fiesta @ Mount Austin, Johor Baru

The Workshop Cafe & Bar by Gran Fiesta @ Mount Austin, Johor Baru

We were in Mount Austin for the other matter and decided to have lunch here as well. Mount Austin has been developing into another food paradise and a hot spot for youngster in Johor Bahru, mainly because of the increasing population in the vicinity. Mount Austin is especially crowded and happening during the weekends and after works. We visited The Workshop during the day time, which is less crowded and parking lots are easily found.

The Workshop, is one of restaurants operated by Gran Fiesta. The whole building is painted in black, modern yet adventurous design. Its interior, as it is named, reflects industrially-inspired elements, by featuring exposed bulb lighting and playful wall illustrations. The Workshop is also a hybrid of cafe and bar, suits everybody's needs from morning tea to night drinks. 

Mocha  RM11
We ordered a Mocha, which is on the average and nothing to shout about. But, as mentioned earlier, this is a place to suit everybody's needs, so the wide variety of drinks and foods is a key point to gather a bunch of friends who have different craving.
Wedges with Cheese  RM12
As we were too hungry, we had the wedges with cheese. We have unavoidably compared it with the cheezy wedges in KFC, but we are of the view that this version is equally good with the very creamy cheese sauce. It is also a very good and handy bite to pair with beer.

Pork Belly with Special Sauce  RM24
This is the dish that we didn't expect it to serve like Chinese's "siew york", we thought it will be in the form of pork chop to feed my hungry stomach. We honestly didn't know that it is actually a beer food. Haha, no wonder the waitress asked us if we want the plain pork belly version or the other one with spaghetti. Ok, I am hungry enough to wallop everything and definitely includes this "siew york". Undeniably, this is very savoury to go with beer, but eating it alone in the afternoon as late lunch, I found it a bit overly salty. 
Traffic Light  RM18.90
Warm waffle with strawberry, kiwi, peach & vanilla ice cream. This is one of the signature desserts and as it is named, it is presented in the traffic light colours. Very delightful looking at the abundant fresh fruits and we almost overlook the ice-cream sandwiched by the waffle. The waffle was well done too, crispy at the outside and soft at the inside. The batter was just nice and not too sweet, allow the fresh fruits to fully express its natural sweetness. 

Address : The Workshop Cafe & Bar by Gran Fiesta
31, Jalan Austin Height 8/8 , Taman Mount Austin 
81100 Johor Bahru
GPS : N1 33 53 E103 46 38

Bussiness Hour : 12pm - 1am
Tel : 07-361 1557

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

TGI Fridays @ Wisma Jotic, Johor Baru

TGI Fridays @ Wisma Jotic, Johor Baru

Among other occasions, Valentines Day is one of the occasions that many business owners come out with different ideas to attract patrons. By having a decent valentine meals to getting your loved ones a bouquet of flowers of a memorable gift,  most of us have contributed to the business of restaurants, florists, jewelry shops and etc. We have checked few restaurants' valentine special menu and although every restaurants offered creative and competitive menu, we have made booking at TGI Fridays, a choice with quality guaranteed.
Luis Felipe Edwards Pupilla
Started our meal with a wine. Sauvignon Blanc origin from Chile for her. It tastes light and smooth, the fruity sweetness is definitely ladies' favourite. 
Luis Felipe Edwards Pupilla
Carbernet Sauvignon origin from Chile for myself. I have chosen this to match with my main course. 
Trio Platter
A valentine meal consists of starter, 2 main course and a dessert. A trio platter of Baked Mussels with anchovies crumbs & Jack cheese, Chicken French Rolls and Garlic & Basil Bruschetta. We were hungry and hence it was finished in less than 5 minutes, simple yet appetizing.

Tennessee Steak
A thick, flavourful aged 7oz Strip Steak, seared and char grilled to ideal tenderness. Served with seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes and Tennessee sauce. The steak is grilled to its perfection, tender and juicy. I was surprised with the pinkish mashed potato as well, perhaps sweet potato was used, the natural sweetness complemented and neutralised the meat dish very well. 
Pan Seared Herby Salmon
Salmon fillet topped with homemade herb butter, served with coconut rice and roasted vegetables. It is rather a large portion for lady, especially with the serving of rice. The grilled salmon is bedded with blanched vegetables and paired with the coconut rice, a very colourful dish indeed.

Strawberry Gelato
Ended our dinner with a heart shaped strawberry gelato served with a chocolate droplet and strawberry dip. I would say this is a very good and appropriate dessert, the fruity ice cream is very refreshing and wash down the heaviness after an abundant dinner.

Address : TGI Fridays
Unit L2.01, Wisma Jotic,
Jalan Ayer Molek, Johor Bahru.
GPS : N 1 27.414 E 103 45.572

Bussiness Hour : 10am - 10pm
Tel :07- 221 3380
FB : Fridays

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh 强记肉骨茶 @ Kota Tinggi, Johor

Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh 强记肉骨茶 @ Kota Tinggi, Johor

We have been hearing the good name of Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh for quite some time, but have not had a chance to try it out due to its locality until a very good Sunday and thanks to the kindness of our driver, we were finally here!

The stall just located at the roadside and but not very eye-catching, there are no other significant buildings nearby, so extra attention is required to avoid missing the stall. It was on weekend and hence there are patrons from Singapore too. By judging from the number of vehicles outside the stall, we were so worried that we have to wait long for a table. But surprisingly, we were seated quite fast in less than 15 minutes after our arrival.  

This is our strategy, one of us queued up to make order while the rest of us looking for table. More importantly, the method works, we got our dishes in 15 minutes after we were seated. We must salute the business owner and their helpers too, for being capable to deliver dishes in a timely manner despite the big crowd during the weekend.

Braised Pig Trotters 卤猪脚
The braised pig trotters came first. As its dark colour showed, the pig trotters are deeply flavourful. The timing for cooking the dish is well controlled too, the skin maintains its springiness, but the meat inside was very soft and melting in mouth. Yummy! 

Special Bak Kut Teh with Rice Wine 肉骨茶(附加米酒)
Similar to most of the bak kut teh in Johor, Kiang Kee bak kut teh is also served piping hot in a claypot. We heard from others that the Kiang Kee bak kut teh has its distinguishing feature, which it goes well with rice wine too. To enhance the dining experience, we requested for the special bak kut teh with rice wine. The rice wine was just appropriate to complement, not overly cover up the goodness of the herbal broth.  

Pig Stomach Pepper Soup 猪肚胡椒汤
As we do not visit Kiang Kee on a regular basis, we tried to have more variety to have a taste of each of dishes. Hence, we added on another porky dish-- pig stomach pepper soup. The pig stomach were cut into bigger pieces to provide better biting texture. The soup is very tantalizing with the pepper.  

 Preserved Vegetables 梅菜  

Address: Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh 强记肉骨茶
Batu 8½, Jalan Mawai, 
Kota Tinggi, 81900 Johor
GPS : 1.827626   103.958473

Tel: +607 8821290 / 019-747-9416
Business Hours: 7.30am till sold out
(Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Stulang Laut Kuey Tiao Kia 三楼粿条仔 @ Taman Stulang, Johor Baru

Stulang Laut Kuey Tiao Kia 三楼粿条仔 @ Taman Stulang, Johor Baru

In the vicinity of the famous Woon Kiang Kuey Teow Kia, there is another stall at the side selling kuey teow kia as well. The stall is commonly known by the regular patrons as San Lou Kuey Teow Kia. Although it does not operate from a proper shop, the business remains good. 

The stall has a very simple set up. There are two stalls under the same roof, the one right at the entrance is selling laksa, and walk a bit further you can see the kuey teow kia stall. For convenience sake, there are some limited parking space just outside of the stalls. 

During dinner hours, the stall is packed with people. We queued up to order our food.

Some of the dishes are displayed at the stall and the patrons can make their choice by pointing to the "spare parts" that you wish to have. To kill the waiting time, you may also take some of their side dishes (which are ready foods) from the table next to the order counter. The side dishes include meat balls, sausages, spring rolls and other fried stuffs. 

I found their dishes not too salty and the taste being quite consistent during our few visits. The herbal soup (the base of the kuey teow) is darker in colour but not very clingy to the kuey teow, maybe this is the reason why it does not taste overly salty compared to some of the kuey teow kia shops.

Overall, we had a pleasant dinner here although the portion was rather small. Feeling not contented with the main course, we actually took the side dishes again! 

Address : Stulang Laut Kuey Tiao Kia 三楼粿条仔
Jalan Stulang Darat, 
Taman Stulang, 80300 Johor Bahru
GPS : N1 28.316  E103 46.645

Business Hour : 5pm - 11pm (Close on Monday)