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Lemon Tree Restaurant at Melodies Garden, Johor Bahru

Lemon Tree Restaurant (N1.49135 E103.76201) is located along Jalan Bedara, Tmn Melodies, Johor Bahru. The restaurant is situated in a residential area since 11 years ago, and most of their customers are regular…
The owner – Mr Jeffery Bong said he surveyed the area before starting his restaurant and like the trees in front of the shop lot very much. And because of the trees stories, he named the restaurant as ‘Lemon Tree’, a popular song which was famous by Fools Garden, released on the year 1995 and became a major international hit in 1996.

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The setting of the restaurant is simple and cozy, with retro ambience. The warm lighting made the guests feel comfort while dining in the restaurant…

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The piece of bread evenly covered by tuna and nicely wrapped with cheese, the slice of cucumber and baby tomato provided extra refreshment to the appetizer, these Bruchetta were nice!

After the appetizers, each of us have a homemade mushroom soup served by the restaurant.

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The flavorful mushroom soup was nice, creamy, but not starchy, I can taste the mushroom started from the beginning till the end…the bowl of mushroom soup was just nice for a person.

Next, there were two 12″ pizzas were served. Tropical Hawaiian and Island Seafood Pizza.

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The Mixed Fruits Salad was the following dish…kind of like the foods arrangement by the owner – Jefferey Bong, because the refreshing fruits salad was served after the large amount of cheese loaded into our stomach…:)

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The fruits salad was prepared with the fresh fruits, and don’t forget the special dressing by the Chef Jeffery, therefore it definitely cool us down for the ‘part 1’ foods session…

After a short break, the ‘part 2’ began with 2 spaghetti, appeared on the table quietly…
The Spaghetti Hawaiian and Spaghetti Seafood Alio-Olio.

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Both spaghetti were delicious! The Spaghetti Hawaiian was served with hams and with sweet sauce, and the Spaghetti Seafood served with lots of seafood…especially the big prawns. We like the taste of the both spaghetti.

Before the we could finish the spaghetti, the New Zealand Air Frown Rib-eye presented!

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The steak served in the medium well doneness and the black pepper sauce was separated, which give a choice for those who like the original beef taste and those who like with the sauce.

The a bit char grilled steak was succulent, it could be better if serve in medium rare with the taste of meat juice…but this is my personal preference and it may not suitable for all of us, well arrange by the Chef! You will be surprise by the reasonable price of this steak, find out yourself! 🙂

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The Chef did serve some of the local delicacies on the following after having such a nice western cuisine, that were the popular Lemon Tree Special Fried Rice and the Mee Mamak.

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As I recalled, the Lemon Tree restaurant caught my attention few years ago from some of my friends comments on their nice and simple fried rice, as a fried rice lover…I was a bit late to try out but never regret on it!
The fried rice was fragrance and yummy, served on the perfect moist level and never too dry to enjoy it! The plate of fried rice served together with a fried chicken wing, ham, cheese, fried egg and the sauce. It can be a filling dish for lunch or dinner.
According to the Chef…the combination of fried rice was a advise from a regular customer who visit the restaurant 3 times a week, the customer requested to has more stuffs beside the fried rice and Chef Jeffery ‘tailored made’ the dish as what he need, surprisingly the dish sell very well from the kitchen…that’s the reason Jeffery named it The Special Fried Rice of Lemon Tree Restaurant!

The Mee Mamak was an enhanced version from the local mee goreng where easily available in most of the mamak shop. But the Lemon Tree’s version was slightly different, it topped up with many veggie and fried to the perfect taste…which mean not too sweet or salty. It was an eye opening for me to taste the mee mamak in the western food restaurant.

After all the scrumptious meal for the dinner, the lovely desserts surfaced…
The special edition of Tiramisu and the Chocolate Lava.
I’m not a dessert person but the desserts on that evening ‘seduced’ me too much! Haha!

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The Tiramisu was made in 3 types of coffee and with the unique cheese cream. The Wow factor was on the first bite! Not overly sweet (as peoples are more health conscious nowadays), and it was a surprise for me!

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The chocolate lava cake was made from the pure 70% of dark chocolate, it won’t be overly sweet…no worries! And the so called ‘Lava’ will not ooze from the cake once you cut it due to the high density of the chocolate cake.

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I believe the two desserts above will easily drive the girls crazy! It will become the favorite for the desserts lover!

We were satisfied for the dishes served by the restaurant that evening. Especially with the reasonable prices. The prices for the dishes above are within RM5.50 and RM49.00.

Lemon Tree Restaurant had expanded their dining area to the next door. According to Jeffery, the new wing is cater for private function or catering services, 20-30 persons.

The Chef – Mr Jeffery Bong was a executive chef of one of the 5 stars hotel in Singapore, he decided to came back Johor Bahru to start his own business 11 years ago. He wanted to serve his customers with the quality foods and a reasonable price, in fact…it’s a good news for the western food lover in Johor Bahru. The restaurant had been through more than a decade, and Jeffery continue to provide the best cuisine to his customers from day 1 till now…

Do drop by the Lemon Tree Restaurant if you are happen in Taman Melodies area, I believe you will find what you like!

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St Patrick Celebration Party at La Primeur Pub, Taman Impian Emas

Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

For more info of Saint Patrick Day, please click here.

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The St Patrick Celebration Party started about 7.30pm (Friday) in La Primeur Pub (N1.54477 E103.68489) in Taman Impian Emas, Skudai – Johor Bahru. Everyone was busy for setting up and customers were continue walk-in non-stoply…
Well, I’m the regular patron here…

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La Primeur Pub has 3 outlet in Johor Bahru. Started the first from Jalan Harimau Tarum, Century Garden about 8 years ago, second outlet is at Jalan Austin Perdana 3/10, Taman Austin Perdana. Then follow by the third outlet – Jalan Impian Emas 5/1, Taman Impian Emas, Skudai is this outlet having the St Patrick Celebration on that evening.

There was a FOC temporary tattoo using the paintbrush which was very popular in that evening! Everyone was queue up to stamped the Guinness and the Shamrock logo on every part of their body! Haha!

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The first person who had his logo stamping was the owner of La Primeur Pub – Mr Jack. He was enjoyed the process with the three (3) Shamrock on his head…

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 The temporary paintbrush tattoo continue…

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Some on their hand, some on their legs…

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  I was fortunate enough to captured the Pretty Sexy Promoters from Guinness while they posed in front of the pub…

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At that moment, the music was getting louder…and I just noticed that it was Fullhouse! Everyone was enjoying the Guinness Draught from the Pub….

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And the Party Began!

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During that moment, the bartender was the busiest man in the World!

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Beside the bartender, the pretty waitress also serving like mad….

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There were 2 magicians performing at every corner within the pub in that evening…Wonderful Magic from them!

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The Big Show started around 9pm! With the slogan “March More Fun!”

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Beside March More Fun, they continue with the Irish Dance in the Pub…

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Thanks for the group who performed that evening and the sponsor – GAB of Malaysia. The performance had brought up the Party atmosphere to the Top! Everyone was enjoying the music and of course with their Guinness Draught!
And some kissing carry on too…

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The party continue after the performance, and the crowd was continue to flowed into the pub…

Do drop by La Primeur Pub if you happen around the Skudai area, it has a nice environment, relax and homey type…importantly it’s Not smoky inside…

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The Brazzo Restaurant and Lounge at Taman Ponderosa, Johor Bahru.

The Brazzo Restaurant and Lounge (N1.51800 E103.78205) is located at Jalan Poderosa 2/1, next to UOB Bank of Taman Poderosa. The atmosphere of the restaurant is cozy and relax, nice ambience!

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The warm lightings really made us felt relax and the air-conditinal was cold…it’s a good place to enjoy your meals!

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The air-condition was also cold enough to cool us down in the hot sunny day…
After waiting for about 10 minutes, the first dish served on our table was their Sesame Garden Salads.

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It served in the organic savory leafy vegetable with mayonnaise-based Creamy dressings. The light salads to stimulate the appetite as the first course of our meal and we like the Special sesame taste of the dressings, and not forget the nice cherry tomatoes.

The second dishes was the Ahi Tuna (Yellow Fin Tuna) – One of the Signature dish of Brazzo.

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The seared Ahi Tuna (30% cooked) served with the special sauce, vegetables and the tasty mashed potatoes.

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We tasted the ‘Charcoal Grilled’ Ahi Tuna for the first time within Johor Bahru area, I like the sesame seeds very much! The fresh tuna melted in our mouth with nice aroma, it made a Must try dish to me! And please don’t forget to finish the nice mashed potatoes and the juicy cherry tomatoes.

Before we can finish the Ahi Tuna, the third dish served…The Kurobuta Prime Rack on-the-bone (300g)(another Signature dish of the restaurant)

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Kurobuta Pork is the most highly prized pork in Japan and comes from the ancient breed of pig known as Black Berkshire. The meat from the pure oriental strains of Black Berkshire, found in Japan, is regarded as the highest quality pork in the world.

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Some knowledges from friend : Conventional farm-raised pigs
tend to lack the incredibly tasty fat that heritage breeds have
maintained, and which keeps their meat juicy, tender and, yes,
expensive. But if you’re a true fan of pork, heritage is worth every
succulent bite.

It was my first time trying the highest quality pork in Johor Bahru, it served with the special sauce and it was nicely grilled on the outside and remains succulent inside. This piece of pork gave the different taste from the ordinary pork that available locally. Kind of like the taste…It was a nice experience for us but it can be more perfect by provide more moist of the meat.

The forth dish was Milk Fed Veal Rack (300g)Signature dish of The Brazzo

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Veal is the meat of young cattle (calves), as opposed to beef from older cattle, Milk Fed Veal was took from calves that are raised on a milk formula supplement. The meat colour is ivory or creamy pink, with a firm, fine, and velvety appearance. They are usually slaughtered when they reach 18–20 weeks of age (450-500 lb). “Milk-fed” veal calves consume a diet consisting of milk replacer, formulated with mostly milk-based proteins and added vitamins and minerals. Source from here.

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Our Milk Fed Veal Rack was served with the medium rare doneness. As you can see the pinkish on the meat, it easily melted in our mouth and the ‘charcoal grilled’ aroma filled up every corner in our mouth! The veal was tender and succulent, this 300g veal took us at least an hour to enjoy it! With the small little cut of Blue Cheese, made this savory Perfect!
It’s a Must try dish for beef lover, Delicious!

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The fifth dish was – French Rack Of Lamb (Signature dish of The Brazzo)

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A rack of lamb or carré d’agneau (though this may also refer to other cuts) is a cut of lamb cut perpendicularly to the spine, and including 16 ribs or chops.

Rack of lamb is often “frenched”, that is, the rib bones are exposed by cutting off the fat and meat covering them. Typically, three inches of bone beyond the main muscle (the rib eye or Longissimus dorsi) are left on the rack, with the top two inches exposed.
Well, we were not so particular as other food lover to measure the 2″ 3″ of it. Haha!

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The Rack of Lamb was well grilled on the outside and it had the medium doneness inside, which gave the reddish pink, browned, and crusty. The seasoning complemented the lamb but not dominate it. We can’t stop ourselves after the first bite! No conversation between us during that moment unitl the racks finished…

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2 sticks of  asparagus wrapped by bacon served together with the Rack of Lamb, and no matter how full you are…you must finish this Nice bacon! Tasty!

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All the above meats were imported, and the prices of the 6 types of Singatures dish are between RM50-80. Exclude the Kobe beef.

We were satisfied with all the Signatures dish which served on our table!
The Western Cuisines serve in Brazzo are different from the common western food restaurant in Johor Bahru, you will have more chances to explore the different type of western cuisine in this restaurant and their Specialty is “Charcoal Grilled”. It was a sumptuous meals with the reasonable price! Thanks to Mr Sean Lauw – The friendly owner of The Brazzo.

The Brazzo do serve attractive lunch set in the noon time, they have total of 9 different sets all serve with coffee or flower tea for Only RM12.90 nett.
Beside this, they serve beers and other alcohols in the lounge, this naturally turn into a nice cold place to escape during the hot sunny day! 🙂

With the environment, friendly services, quality foods and affordable prices….it’s a Excellent dining Restaurant! Do drop by if you around the Ponderosa or Taman Molek area, I believe you will surprise with the food of The Brazzo Restuarant Lounge.

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Malacca (Melaka) Ciam-ciam stall

This Ciam-Ciam stall (N2.20102 E102.24253) is located in front of the Magnum 4D shop along Jalan Ong Kim Wee, Malacca. We were surprised by the crowds surrounded the stall. My curiosity triggered and push us to try it!

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Realized what the stall sell once we stand close…it sell fish ball, loucheon meat, bean curd skin, pork intestine, tribes, streaky pork and many more…all cooked.

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We like the braised and stewed tribes, it was Tasty Delicous!
All the foods were served by a small stick through it. Different from the “Lok-Lok”, because all were cooked and mostly 1 piece per stick.

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Everyone will provide a disposable styrofoam like a plate and we selected the chili, there were few type available in the stall…

By looking at everyone faces, seems like they were really enjoyed the foods! Just like us! Haha! I found it was quite fun by having some local street food (kind of snacks to me) along the street and once I noticed others expression while having it, I can’t stop myself to had another few sticks…! 🙂

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By observing the styrofoam behind the stall, you can imagine how good the business is…
I cannot remember how much per stick but it cost us about RM11 for 2 persons after the boss counted from the sticks…we had a lot of the stewed intestine…:)
I think cannot compare the price with Lok-Lok because all foods was cooked, not raw…so I felt the prices were quite reasonable.

The stall ONLY in business during Saturday and Sunday noon time onwards, Only 2 days per week. So if you pass-by the stall, you might want to try it out the local – Malacca Ciam-Ciam.

Related post :-
Malacca (Melaka) 2 days 1 night trip – March 2013

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Taroko Teppanyaki ?????? at Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai

Taroko Teppanyaki ?????? (N1.51433 E103.66898) is located along Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2 of Taman Sutera Utama (????, Skudai, Johor Bahru. The restaurant is easy to notice because it’s just below the Suan Bee Hotel (budget), the Bangkok Village is next to it and they are having the same management.

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The dining area was comfort and there are indoor area with air-conditional and outdoor area, which are sharing between the 2 restaurant. We visited the restaurant on Tuesday evening and the crowd was moderate…

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Before our dinenr start, I was really enjoyed the making of the Teppanyaki dishes with the ‘kin-kin…kiang-kiang’ sound generated by the rough iron plate…
They are also the ‘First’ and ‘Only’ Teppanyaki Restaurant out of the Japanese Restaurant in Johor Bahru.

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Some customer may feel annoy by the sound generated from the Teppanyaki, but it was a nice entertainment for me and I like to watch the whole process of the food preparation. 🙂

The Taroko Teppanyaki restaurant has many different type of beef and
that was the reason we wanted to try out the Beef Teppanyaki on that

The dishes we had…
1)  Signature Seafood Fried Rice
2)  Mixed Seafood Set B (Cod fish, scallop and tiger prawns)
3)  Authentic Thai Seafood Tomyam
4)  Portuguese Baked Fish
5)  New Zealand Sliced Beef
6)  Aussie Angus Sirloin Beef
7)  Aussie Angus Striploin Beef
8)  Teppanyaki Shitake Mushroom
9)  Aussie Wagyu Beef

*  The above dishes were for 14 persons

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The seafood fried rice was special and it had a unique taste compare with the ordinary fried rice available in JB. It served with plenty of seafood and it was worth for the price of RM7.90 each.

Most of their Ala Carte dishes are served with the green vegetables and bean sprout. Let me show you the making of the Mixed Seafood Set B, served with cod fish, scallop and 2 tiger prawn.

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And here come the seafoods…

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All seafood and other dishes were fried on the Teppayaki with the original taste. The cook only added some pepper and little oil on it…
Before the seafoods ready, the vege and the bean sprout were stand-by by the side…

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Once everything is ready, it had a Nice presentation on the Mixed Seafood Set.
The procedure was repeated for every Ala Carte dishes…

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The Mixed Seafood set was definitely worth of the price – RM38.90.

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The Thai Tomyam was served on bubbling broth and different from the diluted version that easily available in JB. It had a Nice aroma with the rich tomyam flavor.

The above dishes also accompany by a Portuguese Style Baked Fish. It was unexpected tasty!
I had the first Portuguese Baked Fish was at the Portuguese Seafood Village at Malacca, and I wanted to try the taste out of Malacca and finally I found it here!

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The Aussie Angus Sirloin Beef

The process…

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Cut into cube size…

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And last…

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Another view of the Aussie Angus Sirloin Beef(without the green vege and bean sprout)

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The Aussie Angus Striploin Beef

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After few nice beef Teppanyaki, let’s have a Fried Teppanyaki Shitake Mushroom.

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That was a Nice Mushroom!

The last will be everyone was waiting for…The Aussie Wagyu Beef.

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The Aussie Wagyu finished on our table in less than 5 minutes! That was a Delicoius Wagyu Beef! We all like it very much! With the price of only RM88.90 (200g).

Except the New Zealand Sliced Beef was served well done, because it was too thin but all the Angus and Wagyu beef were served in the Medium or Medium rare doneness. Luckily the Wagyu was served on the last dish, otherwise I believe everyone will not interested on others dishes anymore! Haha!

Our Beef and Wine party last for about 4 hours and everyone was very satisfied with the dishes from Taroko Teppanyaki. They are good for the beef and even other dishes like seafood and their 5 types of fried rice.Worth for another visit!

Do try out if you happen at the Sutera Utama area or after your shopping from the Sutera Mall, you might like the different method of fried dishes. Especially for the beef lover!

We will definitely back for the Teppanyaki again!

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