Fresh Lobster @ Jade Garden Seafood Corner, Sungai Rengit, Johor

Description

As the restaurant name suggests, this place serves a wide selection of fresh seafood that you get to pick and choose.  This is where I got to taste one of the best and freshest Lobster at a fraction of the price that I and most people would typically pay in other cities in Malaysia, regardless of whether it is in a Chinese or a Western restaurant.

This place can be be found hidden in a fishing village that is about a 1.5 hours drive from Johor Bahru.  The footprint of the restaurant is awesomely big and although I did not do a count on the number of tables it could fit,  I imagine it could probably fit a hundred tables, or close to that number.  The place appears to be filled with a lot of Singaporean tourists.  The menu offers Chinese cuisine with many choices of cooking style.  I happily went along with the restaurant’s recommendations which were actually the standard recipe that I had tried umpteenth times in other seafood restaurants.  I did that so that I could have a good comparison with the others I had elsewhere, and regardless of the name on the menu, there is always some difference in the style and taste and they never come out exactly the same.  I wasn’t disappointed!!! The freshness was awesome and taste the cooks gave to the dishes was really good.  So, the next time you are in Johor Bahru and you have a craving for seafood, take a ‘road trip’ to this place.  You won’t be disappointed. Oh!, be early because the place is packed during dinner, especially over the weekends.

Overall Rating: 4/5
Food Taste: 5/5
Pricing: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 3/5

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Seafood @ Ah Chui Seafood, Lengkok Paya Terubong, Penang






Description
The first time I had Ah Chui’s seafood was more than 20 years ago and the owners (a Chinese couple, “taukeh” cum cooks) were operating in a rented space in a kopitiam (coffee shop).  Today they have their own restaurant (kopitiam-style) and the place is mostly full on weekends and holidays.  You get to pick your crabs and fish that are always very fresh.  The cooks have their own style and flavour to their dishes which are unique and the more standard popular orders are grilled fish (“ikan panggang”), grilled lady fingers, deep fried batter squid/baby shrimps, Malaysian-style spicy Kam-heong crabs/shellfish.  Of course, there are many other popular varieties which I have yet to try.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

Local Chinese Dishes @ Lee Swee Meng, Jalan Melaka Raya 34, Malacca






Description
I happened to chance upon this place while driving around looking for somewhere to eat.  The place was crowded and the seating extended to the streets but the customers’ didn’t seem to mind, so I thought to myself, “the food here must either be  good or cheap”.  After a 5 minute wait, we were given a table.   So that was pretty fast.   Speed of service was good so the place scored some brownie points on service.

Overall Rating: 2.5/5
Food Quality: 3/5
Pricing: 2/5
Ambience: 2/5
Service: 3/5

Chinese Home-cooked Meal – Best Home Taste Restaurant @ Bukit Mertajam, Penang





Description
The saying “nothing beats mom’s cooking” is true to those who eat out frequently.  The same is true for those who do not cook.  If you have a craving for some home-cooked food, this is a good option.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 4/5
Ambience: 2/5
Service: 3/5

Cantonese Chinese Cuisine – Kim Hee Restaurant @ Bukit Mertajam



Description
A typical Cantonese-style restaurant.  The tofu with brocolli was perfect and the honey-roast pork ribs were excellent.  You do not need to worry about getting your hands messy with the pork ribs … gloves are provided.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 2/5
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 3/5

Mediterranean Food – Oregi Restaurant @ Jalan SS15/4B Subang Jaya

Chicken Haneeth Kabsa Rice
Lamb Hanneth Kabsa Rice
Oqdah Chicken

Description
The restaurant serves a fusion of Western  food and Mediterranean cuisine adapted to local tastebuds.  A popular dining and hangout place for students. Shisha appears to be an attraction to the students too.

Overall Rating:  2/5
Food Quality: 2/5
Pricing: 2/5
Ambience: 2/5
Service: 2/5