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Italian food in JB

Posted in food,italian food,Johor Bahru,malaysia by chrisau on September 29, 2008

It’s hardly easy to find nice Italian restaurants to dine-in here in JB except fast food outlets like pizza hut, Domino and etc. There used to be one in City Square 2nd level, which offered great pasta but it has shutdown its operation since 3-4 years ago. Well, all is not lost for pasta and pizza lovers, there’s one in Taman Pelangi. Located at the heart of the ‘taman’, where the night market was held every tuesday night, this place has quite a crowd during weekends.

Above and below, the designs a bit malaysian and a bit Italian……

Salmon Pasta in Olive oil, full of DHA and good for the heart! I especially love pasta in olive oil as compare to tomato. It’s simpler, healthier and brings out the best of the spaghetti pasta!

Here’s Baked seafood pasta…. great for cheese lovers!

And, check out a heart shape chocolate cake!!! It’s actually to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Here’s the pic:-

Ristorante &Pizzeria IL Giardino is located at 65A, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi.


beautiful music…..

Posted in malaysia by chrisau on September 26, 2008
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One of the most recent new age music artiste  that i discovered lately is Eric Chiryoku.  His music are recorded with multi instruments but he focused mainly on piano and flute. I find that his music are very soothing, calming and relaxing. It’s great to listen to his beautiful gentle music especially before bedtime or after work.

If I’m not wrong, he had released two albums, Winter Story and Spring Of Life (as below), which I got all last week. The albums are not new and the latest one was Spring of Life, released in 2007.

Here’s a link to one of his video,Spring of Life

Best Chicken Chop in JB…

Posted in coffee,food,Johor Bahru,malaysia by chrisau on September 23, 2008

It’s time for me to explore old JB town area. Filled with old pre-war shop houses, I’m sure this area has a story to tell behind it. It doesn’t feel safe walking around these streets as you felt you might be mugged or something, so I drove around and it’s a ‘drive’ down memory lane. I chances upon this restaurant, which I tried before years ago when I first came to JB. It’s called ‘IT Roo’ cafe and the place was nostalgic and claimed to offer the best chicken chop in town.

A view from the outside, near a small lane. Well, I tried that before and it was good then.

Well, here’s the nostalgic feel. You seems to find everything that belongs to the 60s-80s. I never stopped glancing at the walls for all their old pictures and wares. They even have a family portrait there.

Here’s the menu and on top of the list is a 5-star rating  by The Star paper in 2003 for their chicken chop.

Here is it, chicken chop in black pepper sauce and a cup of coffee. Well, I guess their main dish lost of bit of the good taste over the years. Anyway, it’s still a good place to have hang around if you happens to be in the old jb town.

Curry Fish Head in Taman Molek

Posted in food,Johor Bahru,malaysia by chrisau on September 16, 2008

If you want to enjoy ‘healthy’ and delicious curry fish head and residing in JB or Singapore, look no further. Try the Bai Her restaurant in Taman Molek. Once my parents are here for the last 2 weeks, and after thinking of where to bring them for dinner, I decided to try this. It’s a safer option as so far, most of the folks I brought them gives a thumbs up to this place.

Let’s put the curry fish head aside first. They do also prepare some other nice dishes, which is a favourite especially for cantonese folks. As above is pork braised. The pork fats seems to ‘move’ when picked up. 🙂

Something healthier here, a siew pak choy (hope I got it right) to go with the meats.

Their egg bacon is very smooth. This is one of the dishes I usually ordered when there are kids around. They simply love it!

And, okie, the main attraction as below, taken in three shots. It might looked ordinary but the specialty is the curry are cooked with fresh milk, instead of coconut milk. This reduces cholesterol and make it an healthier choice, besides it’s also very tasty.

Yummy!!! The fish meat are in big chunks when picked up. I can mixed the gravy in my rice and order extra rice…!! 🙂

Dine at Yew’s Cafe again…

Posted in food,Johor Bahru,malaysia by chrisau on September 15, 2008

I like this place. It’s a great restaurant to dine in with it’s jazz music and relaxing ambiance. I particular like the way the bistro is being designed and of course, the coffee. This one which I visited is in Taman Molek ( at the main street, near to Maybank). There are another three outlets, one in town, Taman Johor jaya and Taman Perling.

This is the first floor and when you first came in from the entrance, the picture above is what you see. Check out the cakes, it was nicely decorated and the small size good for two persons. And, check out the wines….

The stairs leading up to second floor, which is their main dining hall.

Still at first floor, an isolated table near the entrance. Well, probably this will be the table to take if the bistro is full. 🙂

You can enjoy a mixture of western and eastern food here. As above is dry bee hoon noodle with seafood.

Here’s my favourite which is also their recommended dish, salmon in parleys sauce.

They also offered a sushi bar, and though the sushi cost more than typical japanese restaurant, I realised that the sushi are actually bigger and with double slices of salmon.

Yew’s Cafe is located at 63, Jalan Molek 3/1, Taman Molek, 81100 JB.

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