Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Restoran Causeway Nasi Padang Ina off Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, Johor Bahru

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Restoran Causeway (popularly known as Kak Ina) runs on two shifts - one serving lunch from 11:00am to 2:00pm and another for dinner from 6:00pm to midnight.

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The lady boss serving soto (spicy chicken soup)

For lunch, Restoran Causeway serves its famous Nasi Padang (Ina). Restoran Causeway, well known for its authentic nasi padang, has been in business here at Jalan Lumba Kuda (old address) for more than 20 years. This little corner of Johor Bahru has seen dramatic physical changes in the last 20 years but the authentic food and the brisk business at Restoran Causeway hasn’t changed much. I am told Restoran Causeway's clientele includes the Johor royal family and their staff.

The charismatic boss Man, who is originally from Padang (West Sumatra), is still as youthful looking as ever despite being a grandfather now :-D  Man’s two daughters now handle the restaurant business, one the lunch shift and the other the dinner shift.

As I had already eaten lunch, I only stayed awhile to observe the goings on and promised Man that I will be back at dinnertime for his famed ayam penyet and asam pedas.

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Restoran-Causeway-Nasi-Padang-Ina

Like any good nasi padang shop, Restoran Causeway serves a wide array of curry and spicy meat, fish and vegetable dishes at very reasonable prices.

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Whole chickens boiling furiously in curry perfuming the air
Everything is cooked right there at the premises, so the food and entire space has that home cooked aroma and feel. 

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The arrangements are very casual. The customers help themselves to portions of whatever dishes they fancy and the portions will be tallied and charged accordingly at very reasonable prices.

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Restoran-Causeway-Nasi-Padang-Ina

As promised, I was back at Restoran Causeway exactly at . On Man’s suggestion, I had his popular ayam penyet set and asam pedas ikan selar.

Over my ayam penyet and asam pedas dinner, Man shared with me a basic principle of culinary art – he said, to attract customers, the taste must be interesting and one way to achieve this is a mix of flavours.

He cited the example of his sambal chili. Man said, the whole ayam penyet dish is centred around the sambal chili sauce which makes or breaks the dish. The sambal chili is made with regular chili for bulk and spiciness, chili padi for a sharper spiciness, ginger for smooth mildly pungent spicy, tomatoes for tangy flavour, onions for sweetness and belacan (fermented shrimp paste) for saltiness and savouriness.

Restoran Causeway’s asam pedas is roughly balanced between asam (tamarind) sourness and pedas spicy hot. The ikan selar was very fresh and the asam pedas gravy brought out its natural flavours very well.

I definitely have to be back for lunch for Man’s authentic nasi padang which is fit for Sultan and rakyat (folks) alike.

->> Lots of delicious selections that make lunch something to look forward to for many people working around the area.

Restaurant name: Restoran Causeway Nasi Padang Ina

Address: Jalan Lumba Kuda near Johor Bahru CIQ and Hotel Bluewave
GPS: 1.460036,103.767840
Hours: 11:00am to 2:00pm and 6:00pm to midnight

Address: At row of old shophouses off Jalan Lingkaran Dalam near the junction with Jalan Sultan Ibrahim (across the road from Jalan Ah Siang) (Stone's throw from Gran Fiesta Bistro - formerly De Bali Bistro)

Map: http://bit.ly/NasiPadangIna
GPS: 1.463291,103.773115
Hours: 11:00am to 2:00pm (nasi padang) and 6:00pm to midnight (ayam penyet and asam pedas)

Halal

Date visited: 17 Apr 2012

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19 comments:

  1. OMG!!! Looks delish! Definitely taking my Mat Saleh husband here!

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  2. LOL say hello to the boss Man. He is very friendly and hospitable.Remember to vote for me ;P Thank you ;D

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  3. Bro JK, today I chiong to Restaurant Causeway and your recommendation is spot on. The food is damn tokong!! I was the only chinese guy there - the rest are the locals including traffic cops etc. Even police cars are parked on double yellow lines. Food is that important!! No worries they will fine you for illegal parking because they themselves were also breaking the traffic laws!!

    I was actually looking for the ayam penyet but the boss daughter's malay was beyond me. Later I sort of figured from your writeup that the ayam penyet is only served during dinner? Correct me if I got it wrong.

    But in any case, the nasi padang was really good. I can still taste the curry when I burp now..hehehheh..

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  4. LOL Mike you are a foodie!! Yes, the ayam penyet and asam pedas are available only for dinner. And the nasi padang only for lunch. LOL I must go for the nasi padang soon. Seeing the photo of the sambal again, makes my mouth water ;P

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  5. Hi there's another Ayam Penyet which is the best or out of this world. You should try and blog about it. Ayam Penyet Majidee. It's located in front of EXtra. Main road there's a intersection with traffic light. It's also called ayam penyet traffic light. Infront of Honda showroom. The sambal is the Bestttttttt. Open for dinner only. 7 pm - finish.

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    1. Thank you. I must try your recommendation fast :)

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  6. I used public transports on all my short road trip into Melaka or JB. And during my return ride passing this Nasi Padang outlet, I cannot help sticking up my neck wondering how can I make my way by foot to enjoy a hearty lunch or dinner meal of Nasi Padang. Tony, can you show me the shortest and fastest route, by foot, to reach Nasi Padang (Ina), safely and deliciously from the CIQ complex?

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    1. Hi, you can follow the map in this post :D http://johorkaki.blogspot.sg/2012/06/jb-food-on-foot-walking-food-tour-of.html

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  7. any contact /phone number for this restaurant?

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    1. I need to ask the boss when I visit next time. Thank you.

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  8. I drove past the place a couple of days ago. The whole block has been emptied out. I guess to make way for new developments. They put up some info on their new location, but I can't really understand it. Please find a photo here: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-N2H1oSEWlGk/U5UAoZoCXaI/AAAAAAAAEAo/S27r0WIUbXg/s512/2014-06-08

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    1. Dear TanES, Thank you for the update. Shall find out where they moved to.

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  9. After driving round for 10 minutes, we finally saw it next door to Galeri Cocklat at 19A Jalan Ah Siang. It is no longer as crowded and one need a car to the new location.

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  10. I wonder where is this nasi padang ina move to?

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    1. They have moved (nearby). I have updated the address. Thanks,

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  11. Yes, I went there today. No sign of life I must say.

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    1. They have moved (nearby). I have updated the address. Thanks,

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  12. For 2 people, one ordered 2 meat and 2 veg. The other 1 meat and 2 veg. One tea and One coffee. This lady charged us RM30. I think that's is bullshit and totally in excess of what it is worth. This is July 2016. GIVE THIS PLACE A MISS.

    Apart from the exorbitant price, there were flies all around. Owners don't give a crap.

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I firmly believe that taste is subjective and so, warmly welcome differing viewpoints :-D But, I disapprove negative comments that are anonymous or hide behind fake identities. I feel that that is the same as speaking ill of others behind their backs. I look forward to all your comments :-D Thank you. (Date: 18 Dec 2015)

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