Categories
Tourism Malaysia

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.

 photo IMG_2441_zps8e29b621.jpg

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…

 photo IMG_2437_zps3afb04a4.jpg

 photo IMG_2420_zps3c4fc207.jpg

 photo IMG_2418_zps152e7c80.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_2422_zpsefccaa2f.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_2425_zpsd9cdaaf9.jpg

 photo IMG_2428_zpsb9172ee9.jpg

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…:)

 photo IMG_2436_zps40f9d22f.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_2452_zps2e21299d.jpg

 photo IMG_2447_zpsd7f8ea5e.jpg

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!

 photo IMG_2453_zps15be0cc2.jpg

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! 🙂

 photo IMG_2457_zpsc862ee73.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_2460_zps721c5796.jpg

 photo IMG_2462_zps45ebb1d7.jpg

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!

 photo IMG_2465_zps866fbbbb.jpg

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!

 photo IMG_2469_zpscff43ab4.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_2472_zps32227da1.jpg

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!

Categories
Tourism Malaysia

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.

 photo IMG_7994_zpsad652270.jpg

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…

 photo IMG_8005_zpsdd0ef046.jpg
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!

 photo IMG_8013_zps45b35552.jpg
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…

 photo IMG_8020_zps4d0b8077.jpg

 photo IMG_8021_zps6e72338e.jpg

 The temporary paintbrush tattoo continue…

 photo IMG_8023_zps2882a713.jpg

Some on their hand, some on their legs…

 photo IMG_8040_zpscef32f3c.jpg

 photo IMG_8051_zpsf035de3d.jpg

 photo IMG_8159_zpsdc31baed.jpg
  I was fortunate enough to captured the Pretty Sexy Promoters from Guinness while they posed in front of the pub…

 photo IMG_8065_zps5d56cf8b.jpg

 photo IMG_8076_zps80ea6f8c.jpg

 photo IMG_8043_zps2cc44f0d.jpg
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….

 photo IMG_8262_zps4e5f5b9a.jpg

And the Party Began!

 photo IMG_8227_zpscff53b9c.jpg

 photo IMG_8089_zps551b7178.jpg

 photo IMG_8092_zps810d71d5.jpg

 photo IMG_8145_zps3f709710.jpg

 photo IMG_8233_zpse6cc6d56.jpg

 photo IMG_8210_zps6904eb92.jpg

 photo IMG_8190_zps9bece8e7.jpg

 photo IMG_8240_zpsa08818c2.jpg

 photo IMG_8158_zpsb4e6efeb.jpg

 photo IMG_8181_zps6fa46147.jpg

 photo IMG_8244_zps9c92ba18.jpg
During that moment, the bartender was the busiest man in the World!

 photo IMG_8148_zpscbb3e095.jpg

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

 photo IMG_7983_zps74a6d363.jpg

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

 photo IMG_8186_zpsc3a93f76.jpg

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

 photo IMG_8121_zpse07fbed4.jpg

 photo IMG_8103_zpsa82f0fcf.jpg

 photo IMG_8120_zps2931477d.jpg

 photo IMG_8117_zps493b7ae6.jpg

 photo IMG_8111_zps164dc37f.jpg
Beside March More Fun, they continue with the Irish Dance in the Pub…

 photo IMG_8292_zps2c42154e.jpg

 photo IMG_8286_zps6bc4e25f.jpg

 photo IMG_8139_zps8cd8d01f.jpg

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…

 photo IMG_8271_zps5bf09337.jpg

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…

 photo IMG_8008_zpse4b82c71.jpg

Categories
Tourism Malaysia

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!

 photo IMG_8998_zpsb255b15a.jpg

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

 photo IMG_8995_zps612eccee.jpg

 photo IMG_8996_zpse3c1b3ed.jpg

 photo IMG_9029_zps43a3fa96.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_9002_zpsa7ac7ca0.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_9004_zps2229f77f.jpg

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

 photo IMG_9006_zpsa8797de9.jpg

 photo IMG_9008_zps4072ff55.jpg

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)

 photo IMG_9012_zpsf97bf4ab.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_9014_zps704f205b.jpg

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

 photo IMG_9016_zpsc09b2577.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_9018_zpsa00ae2be.jpg

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!

 photo IMG_9020_zpseb417b52.jpg

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

 photo IMG_9023_zps25efc226.jpg

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!

 photo IMG_9024_zpsbf208f2c.jpg

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…

 photo IMG_9025_zpseeaabc2c.jpg

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!

 photo IMG_9027_zps8d8deb39.jpg

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.

Categories
Tourism Malaysia

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!

 photo IMG_20130324_163238R_zps14c9ec11.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_20130324_163513R_zps0f24ae50.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_20130324_163631R_zpsf33ba66e.jpg

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…! 🙂

 photo IMG_20130324_163904R_zpsef4e071c.jpg

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

Categories
Tourism Malaysia

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.

 photo IMG_9463_zpsa74367db.jpg

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…

 photo IMG_9456_zps063903f0.jpg

 photo IMG_9460_zpsf3f56cfd.jpg

 photo IMG_9455_zps6cd1514b.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_9361_zpse9b5130e.jpg

  photo IMG_9385_zpse81e742c.jpg

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
evening.

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

 photo IMG_9393_zpsc1b34812.jpg

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.

 photo IMG_9364_zpsa8be232a.jpg

 photo IMG_9400_zps624fa50e.jpg

And here come the seafoods…

 photo IMG_9399_zpsce26eaef.jpg

 photo IMG_9405_zps7c6eec2b.jpg

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…

 photo IMG_9369_zps9026d803.jpg

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

 photo IMG_9411_zpsc5e0a116.jpg

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

 photo IMG_9377_zps34184a74.jpg

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!

 photo IMG_9431_zpsea575314.jpg

 photo IMG_9433_zpsd3a34290.jpg

  photo IMG_9478_zpscd49216d.jpg

The Aussie Angus Sirloin Beef

The process…

 photo IMG_9417_zpsf475f63b.jpg

Cut into cube size…

 photo IMG_9422_zpse87bcde5.jpg

And last…

 photo IMG_9425_zps0d709c82.jpg

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

 photo IMG_9485_zpsd3ea6e58.jpg

The Aussie Angus Striploin Beef

 photo IMG_9480_zpscc446be8.jpg

 photo IMG_9481_zps87b226cd.jpg

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

 photo IMG_9490_zpseb758b0e.jpg

 photo IMG_9492_zps29773e7a.jpg

That was a Nice Mushroom!

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

 photo IMG_9469_zps941165bf.jpg

 photo IMG_9487_zpsac48dfbe.jpg

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!

 photo IMG_9461_zpsf0c5e2a0.jpg