10 JB Foods That Are Worth Every Calorie as Written by a JB Girl

Last Updated on 2020-02-17 , 8:20 pm

As far as food goes, we’re a country that has almost every single cuisine on the island. And let’s face it, we love all things food. JB has so many cafes, hawker stalls and restaurants dishing out delicious, yummy platefuls, yet sometimes you do wonder to yourself; am I getting the best of the best? Well, here are 10 JB foods that you have to eat when you go there. Try these out for measure, and we guarantee you that you’ll love it to bits!

1. The Most Awesome-st Prata that’s Just Near JB Central!

Just behind the bustle of massive car parks and check-in lines into JB, there’s a hidden nook that dishes out the best prata in JB town.

Well, at least, the best we’ve had.

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The street is called Jalan Tengku Azizah on Bukit Chagar. As for the roti canai, it might seem slightly smaller than usual, but it’s crunchy, filling and yummy.

The Pak Cik is constantly making pratas, and it flies out just as they are cooked. Go early or expect to eat just roti kosong instead of roti telur. If you’re there after 11 am, chances are they’re already closing for the day!

Roti Canai Bukit Chagar

Address: Jalan Tengku Azizah, Off Bukit Chagar, 80300 Johor Bahru

2. Indian Food at Spice Kitchen

This restaurant carries both North and South Indian dishes, and even has a bit of Thai and Chinese fusion dishes on its menu.

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The restaurant holds specials from time to time.

At the moment, they’re offering food cooked by a special chef from Madurai, India, which features some pretty spicy yet mouth-watering offerings. This is the ultimate banana leaf experience you’ll not want to miss!

Spice Kitchen

Address: Wisma S P Setia, No 0120 Jalan Indah 15, 81200 Johor Bahru

3. Roasted Duck Gloriousness at Restoran Ya Wang

This is another pioneer establishment in JB, one that sells the best herbal duck roast in the town, possibly.

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The place might look a bit old to you, but the sight of those glistening ducks hanging and giving you a sight to drool at is surely one of a kind.

Best eaten with noodles of herbal sauce, lotus soup, and piping hot rice.

One of the best JB foods you’ll ever try.

Restoran Ya Wang

Address: 28 Jalan Segget, 80000 Johor Bahru

4. Grill Bar Steakhouse Runs This Show

This Viking-themed restaurant features décor of helmets adorning its walls but also serves up a storm where food is concerned.

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Apart from the extensive variety of steaks, customers do enjoy the scallops, salmon and lava cakes.

It might be slightly on the pricier end, but if you want a satisfaction-guaranteed steakhouse meal, this is the place to go to.

Grill Bar Steakhouse

Address: No. 202 Jalan Sri Pelangi, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru

5. A Quiet Breakfast Spot at Foodie Wedding

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This non-halal restaurant doesn’t a huge menu.

Simply because every meal on its list is a hit, especially the white chocolate lava cake if you’re a dessert junkie.

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The best time to drop by is for breakfast. There are about three to four platters of breakfast to pick from, but Le Breakfast Wedding tops the list.

Here’s a fun fact: the owners are a brother-sister duo, one of whom is a professional photographer!

Foodie Wedding

Address: 43 Jalan Serampang, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru

6. Liquid Nitrogen at The Ice-Cream Project

The ice-cream here is prepared fresh and right in front of you.

There are seasonal flavours from time to time, but all-time favourites here have got to be butterscotch and matcha.

There are nuggets of extra whisked in with your fresh ingredients, and it takes literally minutes to make. Watch the “smokiness” of liquid nitrogen as it enters the KitchenAid and does its magic.

Some might find it a bit expensive at RM16 on per order, but it’s truly worth every cent. And by the way, on my list, this is by far the best food in JB.

The Ice-Cream Project

Address: 31 Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru

7. Coppola’s Family Pizzeria & Wine Bar: Italian as Italian Can Be

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This shop has personalized down to almost a tee, with Mr Stefan running the show. His tiramisu is the show-stopper, and it’s made using his grandmother’s recipe.

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Many have voted it to be the best in JB.

His pasta, main courses and pizzas are of quality too. And if you’re a wine person, all you need to do is seek out the staff and ask if there’s a wine-tasting event being held soon. It usually happens a few times in a year.

The swanky bar next door is also run by the Stefan, so if you feel like chilling out after your meal, you’ll know where to go!

Coppola’s Family Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Address: 1 Jalan Hijauan 3, Horizon Hills, 79100 Johor Bahru

8. Hua Mui Kopitiam for Local Breakfast Lovers

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A halal kopitiam that’s been operating for almost 7 decades, explore the real taste of Hainanese-Malaysian breakfast.

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Feast on dishes like old-fashioned charcoal-roasted bread, strong coffee and homemade kaya with, of course, decadent soft-boiled eggs.

Its furnishings might be vintage, but its charm and deliciousness are definitely glorious.

Hua Mui Kopitiam

Address: 131 Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru

9. Chez Papa French Bistro & Wine Bar: French Food at its Best

Founded almost a decade ago, this restaurant’s mission is to bring you great food in a comfy ambience and at a decent price tag.

The owner is French chef Dominique Muller, who hails from Nice and has worked in Le Souffle Restaurant, London and Maxim’s de Paris in Singapore.

The menu features items like Soupe a L’oignon (French onion soup), Escargots de Bourgogne (French snails cooked with garlic butter and parsley), and Quiche Du Jour (New Zealand Mussels in a herbed-garlic butter and parsley sauce).

It’s just 5 minutes from the Woodlands checkpoint, so why not give it a go when you’re there!

Chez Papa French Bistro & Wine Bar

Address: 38, Jalan Jaya, Taman Maju Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru

10. Hiap Joo Bakery: Good Old Baked Breads and Goodies in JB Town

Pass by this bakery, and there’s absolutely no way you’re getting through without stopping by and getting something to eat.

Every single person and we mean everyone (unless you have a certain allergy or hatred for bananas), love their moist and yummy banana cakes.

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Be sure to reach early though, as the queue tends to get pretty long. But you get preservative-free goodies baked the old-school style with burning wood, so who’s complaining, anyway?

Hiap Joo Bakery

Address: 13 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru

So, if the tissues can’t contain the drool from your mouth, it’s high time you get to JB and try these JB foods, right? When food calls, you and your tummy should follow, always!