Very good service, Good taste of food and Great atmosphere made up the great experience in Johor Bahru.
The only disadvantage is always crowded, make reservation is an advantage.
Favorite Dish: Sweet Potato Porridge, Taiwanese dishes (can ask the recommandation from waitress, they are more than willing to help)
Sharing choice real estate with the Straits View Hotel on a hilltop overlooking the Johor Straits, seafood dining here is accompanied by an experience in breathtaking sights. Simply furnished, dining takes place under a thatched roof with a faint resemblance to a rural hut. However, the elevation of the second-level dining hall provides an uncommon vantage of the rippling waters flowing along national borders. Crabs, prawns, mussels, squids, crayfish, etc. cooked in several familiar local styles sell like hotcakes here. Beers and hard liquor are also available.
Favorite Dish: I like the crabs and lobster in all styles of cooking. You will never find something likes it unless you go to this restaurant. With the view of the Straights of Tebrau.
This Mee Rebus only can found here at Johor.Eventhough there are same name of Mee Rebus around Malaysia but it is not same like here.It so special because the gravy very delicate with mashed patatoes and prawn black paste combined together with egss and vineger.The special about this food-The keropok.Keropok is crackers with small prawn mix with flour.You must try it.The price only RM$2.50
Favorite Dish: This Pak Haji Wahid Mee Rebus Restaurant or stall only sell Mee Rebus.If you ask Johorian-Johor people they all known about this stall.
There are many cheap and good seafood restaurants which are built with wood above mangrove swamps and along the coast. These places are usually only accessible by car. Perhaps a unfamiliar person might not find it cos we usually need to pass through some unlit (at night), rural parts to reach the restaurants.
This picture is taken in one of the restaurant along the coast near a neighbourhood called Mega Ria. I have been dining there for a few years already. Prices are increasing, but still reasonable (May 2004). It started with no sign-boards at all, and only by word of mouth. The very last time when I go there, I saw some sign boards directing people to this rural part of the place. However, the signs are not very big though... And the number of waiters and waitresses increased too! Looks like this place getting very popular... Gotta go and try it one of these days to see if the food still as superb.
Mega Ria is quite far from the causeway. You can reach there by taking the Pasir Gudang Highway and go all the way striaght and exit when you see a sign to Mega Ria. I do not know the exact km, but I know it is far. Sometimes I get a bit lazy to go there unless for special occasions.
Favorite Dish: Seafood. Black pepper crab, steam prawns, Thai-style fish, Thai style vegetable salad
Bak Kut Teh is pork ribs boiled in a herbal soup. It is usually eaten with a bowl of rice, with lotsa chilli in dark soya sauce.
The resturant is usually very packed and hot. However, many people still like to go there cos it is excellent.
Even Singaporeans come across the causeway to eat bak kut teh.
It is located in Daiman. I know how to drive there. Next time I go there, I will get the name of that road ok? Daiman is a very small area oso. Let me describe how to get there in words from Holiday Inn or Holiday Plaza. Facing the main road of Holiday Inn. Go straight in the direction to your left till you reach a traffic light. Queue at the traffic light at the left side and go straight from the traffice light. At the second turning, turn left. There's a corner shop that do repairs for cars at the turning. Go straight and the shop is along the second row. If it is open, there will be a lot a lot of people and cars outside and you should be able to see. Hope it helps...
Favorite Dish: Bak Kut Teh, Chicken, Tau pok (Fried Beancurd), Giam Chai (sauteed vegetables).
What makes this bak kut teh stands out is the soup which taste very delicious.
Chinese dishes served. This is a typical Chinese Restaurant where you could try a number of Chinese dishes and seafood too. The restaurant has been around for a very long time. Food served is generally good. However, due to its central location, it is slightly more expensive than other Chinese restaurants.
Favorite Dish: Ying Yang Cod Fish is my favourite dish. This dish is rather special as you will get to eat a "dry" cod fish (deep-fry) and a steamed cod fish on a plate.
Chilli or black-pepper crabs are good too.
In my opinion, the best curry puff in JB is from a stall outside a coffee shop in century under a big tree.
The fillings is very fragrant with pieces of chicken and a slice of egg among the fragrant potato filling. The filling is a little bit spicy, a special delicacy in Malaysia.
Imagine biting into the crispy skin with soft and warm filling inside... simply delicious and yummy...
Favorite Dish: The boss also sells other kuihs, both deep fried and steam. Nyonya kuihs are my favourites too.
Try the soon kuih and ang-ku kuih too. These are all hand made and best of all, home made.
They do catering for parties too...
For a fine Chinese dining experience, visit my favourite restaurant, Meisan. This restuarant is housed inside the Mutiara Hotel. It is usually very packed during the weekends. Hence, reservations strongly encouraged. This restaurant is Halal too.
Favorite Dish: I love the Szechuan Soup, Sharks' Fins Soup, Peking Duck and steam Sun Hock Fish.
Shi De Fu Hawker Centre is similar to any other hawker centres in terms of its setup. This hawker centre is slightly smaller than the one at Taman Tebrau. There are a lot of more delicious food at Shi De Fu. It is favourite among locals. There are a number of stalls serving beer and fresh sugarcane drink and other fruit juices too.
Favorite Dish: I always order the Char Kway Teow and the BBQ Chicken Wings when I dine there.
If you love to eat cakes, this is the place to go. Secret Recipe, a franchise from Kuala Lumpur recently opened in Johor Bahru. It serves delicious cakes and drinks. It also serves food like chicken shop, tom yam noodles, etc.
Favorite Dish: My all-time favourite is Chocolate Banana Cake . I will always recommend it to my friends whenever I bring them to Secret Recipe!
There are many many good seafood restaurants in Johor Bahru and one of them is definitely the Todak Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant is run by the real "bumiputras" who fish for a living. This group lives by the seaside near Taman Perling housing estate and gradually, restuarants start to mushroom in that area. There are many similar restuarants there and Todak is still the best so far.
Favorite Dish: Chilli Crab is my favourite dish there. The oysters are always very fresh. There are other more "exotic" seafood.
This hawker centre is a favourite among tourists, especially Singaporean tourists. This is the place to come if you want to sample local food. There are numerous food stalls at the hawker centre. My favourite stall is the one serving Hong Kong Style Chee Jong Fun (the stall is towards the end of the hawker centre when you enter from the front). Yong Tau Foo is quite normal and is extremely epensive. Other foods include Malay-style grilled fish, squids, shell fish, etc.
This is a very popular hawker center among Singaporeans. There's a wide variety of food here. I usually come here for the grilled fish and other seafood on banana leaves and with lotsa chilli. yum...
It is relatively expensive to eat here, but the selection of food is great. Go there on a dry day, else you might get wet and the floor gets a bit slippery and dirty. You sit in the open air or partial shelter from the tin roofs, and have your food. Bring some tissue paper in case you sweat a lot in the hot weather with the spicy food. If you have forgotten, there are many "touts" (sad to see, usually blind or physically handicapped) selling packets of tissue.
There are also many touts selling music cds, titbits, etc, who are very persistent and it gets a bit irritating with too many of them sometimes.
Favorite Dish: Do note that local do not order one dish and eat just that dish by oneself, or order a few dishes and eat by oneself. Usually several dishes will be ordered and shared, so that more dishes can be ordered and tasted. It might be weird or seen as unhygienic for food sharing to many westerners, but we prefer to eat that way.
This shop is in the city center and is along Jalan Segget in the commercial area. It is popular and delicious herbal duck rice. At this restaurant, they serve good ice-kachang (multi-colored ice mountain with peanuts, red beans, etc) too.
The signboard of the restaurant stands out because it has a big duck hanging above you.
This restaurant is located in Taman Tebrau in Johor Bahru. It serves the best "Bak Kut Teh" (pork ribs cooked with herbs). The main reason why it attracts so many people is that the soup is always so nice and clear. It is very crowded during the weekends, especially from 10am-11.30am.
Besides pork ribs, the restaurant also serves Chicken in dark sauce, chinese style pickles and beancurd.