Thursday, 7 June 2012

Nasi Beriani Buffet @ Café Downtown, Hotel Tropical Inn in Johor Bahru

I am an ardent nasi beriani fan, so when I heard that Hotel Tropical Inn in Johor Bahru has a nasi beriani buffet every Wednesday at RM25++, I immediately made up my mind to go for it J

Well, I found out that I was not the only one craving for nasi beriani.

The guests were greeted at the entrance of Café Downtown with mutton rendang made with whole legs of New Zealand lamb.

The cheerful Chef Ong personally cuts the guest's chosen part of the lamb's leg.

The lamb is tender and subtly fragrant with no hint of that gaminess associated with mutton (though personally I like that unique lamb flavour). The gravy is mild and gently aromatic.

The lamb is moist and loaded with flavourful juice inside.

The basmati rice cooked with ghee and spices such as star anise and cinnamon, and topped with fried shallots and chopped spring unions was delicately fragrant, fluffy yet slightly nutty and crunchy.

Of course, one cannot have nasi beriani without papadum and achar. I love the papadum here; they are fried just right - light and dry, without any residual oil clinging onto the crispy crackle. The crunchy achar was a nice blend of subtle sweet, sour, salty and spicy tastes.

Besides the signature nasi beriani, the Wednesday buffet at Café Downtown also serves a wide variety of other favourites such as ayam korma, laksa Johor, achar fish, and many other dishes.

Restaurant name: Café Downtown @ Tropical Inn
Address: 15, Jalan Gereja, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.465661,103.760456
Hours: Noon to 2:00pm

Date visited: 6 Jun 2012


  1. thanks for sharing.

  2. Tried the beriani buffet on Wednesday 2nd January 2013. O)n that day Chef Woon was not around. The buffet was self service with both chicken and mutton beriani available. The food tasted nice, but what got me was diarrhoea which started 2 hours after my meal necessating oral antibiotics. Thought you should know. Strangely, I didn't get diarrhoea when I tried the chicken rice buffet before Christmas when Chef Woon was around - the chicken wasn't 100% cooked (herbal and roasted) but I was alright

    1. Dear Anonymous, I have forwarded your comments to the hotel.


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