Situated away from the hustle and bustle of Johor Bahru downtown, Openwork Coffee stands alone. By far, it is the only gyoza and coffee joint in town. When a reason behind this quirky pairing was sought from the proprietor, this eatvestigator was told that Johorians loved to chat over coffee and gyoza. Hmmm, not that there are many gyoza joints around. The location is a mere 5 minutes walking distance away from DoubleTree JB.
The cafe features clean lines and rustic furniture, while overlooking a forest valley. The proprietors offered up a serving of original gyoza (RM12) and namesake coffee.
The Papaya Milk Yakult Foam (RM14) was yet another curiosity on the menu. It was light on the palette and refreshing after a hot day’s walk. They also dished up a heaping good donburi in this Chicken Bowl (RM17) that consisted of fried chicken and yolk laid over fluffy rice and whole grains with vegetables.
The accompanying appetiser Prawn And Squid Salad (RM14) was another winner, reminiscent of Peranakan tones,with its fried taukee slices paired with a cooling salsa medley.
Despite the diminutive range of food on the menu, this eatvestigator welcomed the inventiveness and subtle tones of the available food pairings. Perhaps if you have an afternoon in JB to spare, make your way here for some coffee and gyoza.
236 Gim Shew Building, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak
Hidden in bowels of the SMU compound is this recently opened donburi shop called Kenboru. It features customisable rice and soba bowls, with flame-grilled mains ranging from tofu to smoked duck and beef, all at less than $15. No wonder the place is raging with the student crowd on a weekday afternoon.
This Eatvestigator made a dash for the smoked duck breast bow ($7.90), well you get another $1 off if you are somehow related to SMU. Here are the results with a heapful of complementary mentaiko sauce. The result is appealing to the pseudo health conscious while being full of intense wafu flavours.
80 Stamford Road #B1-65
SMU, School of Information Systems
While running the course of a 2 day trip in Kamakura, this eatvestigator invariably transversed the ups and downs of Komachi-dori, where all the food action happens. It was definitely a welcome to find this cozy joint for a sip of the local Kamakura beer (¥800).
The local catch is white-bait (shiraishi), which comes as an accompaniment to many local dishes. However the fish are not caught during certain seasons. This particular three styles donburi (¥1380) is shirashi done in 3 styles: raw, dried and fried. Add some soy sauce and you are good to go.
To find the restaurant, look out for this basement on the left as you are walking towards the direction of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine.
Japan, 〒248-0006 Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamakura, 小町