Johor Bahru Culinary. Johor Bahru isn’t just a quick escape for bargains and foot massages anymore. It’s a foodie’s paradise that’s grown into a hub for incredible dining experiences. Let’s uncover four spots that even the pickiest eaters would find downright exciting.
Mervyn’s Kitchen: A Fairytale Gastronomic Haven
Imagine stumbling upon a fairytale cottage in the heart of Johor Bahru. Mervyn’s Kitchen, led by Mervyn Pee, feels like a magical log cabin hidden away from the city. Mervyn, trained in French patisserie, brings a touch of Paris to his culinary creations. His passion for seasonal ingredients is palpable in his seven-course meals, served either in a cozy dining area or a private balcony with stunning city views. Trust me, securing a reservation here weeks ahead is a must for this French-inspired culinary journey.
Kamii Sushi: Where Tradition Meets Luxury
Once a favorite haunt of Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Kamii Sushi has held its ground in Johor’s Japanese dining scene. Their shift to offering only omakase-style menus has added a new layer of sophistication. The recent opening of Kamii Eco Palladium takes luxury dining to another level. Picture a serene ambiance with a 12-seater sushi bar and impeccable service. The attention to detail is awe-inspiring, from personalized service to top-tier Japanese ingredients like truffle and abalone. And let’s not forget their exceptional nigiri sushi!
FirePitz Restaurant: Grilled Perfection
For meat lovers, FirePitz is the place to be. Chef JJ, with experience from Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Singapore, brings a sizzling experience to Horizon Hills, Nusajaya. It’s Johor Bahru’s pioneer in wood charcoal grilling, giving their steaks that perfect charred taste. From wagyu to Japanese A5 wagyu and more, the meat selection is stellar. Plus, their small plates like the Burnt Caesar salad and grilled fish collar are equally impressive.
Project Smoked: BBQ Paradise
Tucked in a cozy Johor Bahru suburb, Project Smoked is all about American BBQ with a local twist. Bino, a JB local inspired by southern-style BBQ in the US, created a haven for pork lovers. What sets this place apart is its commitment to representing authentic American BBQ with pork and alcohol options, something missing in many other BBQ joints. Slow-cooked meats like Iberico Belly Burnt Ends and Kurobuta Spare Ribs steal the show, accompanied by tantalizing sides like coleslaw and tater tots.
In a Nutshell
Johor Bahru culinary scene has truly evolved. From Mervyn’s magical French-infused meals to Kamii Sushi’s luxurious omakase experiences, there’s no shortage of delights. FirePitz impresses with its grilled meats and delectable small plates, while Project Smoked serves up American BBQ with a local twist. Each spot brings its own unique flair to the table, making JB a haven for food enthusiasts looking for something extraordinary.