Friday, 5 July 2013
Third Junction Cafe at Taman Nusa Bestari, Johor Bahru
Popped by at Third Junction Cafe's new branch at Taman Nuea Bestari yesterday at the invitation of Li Wen, the boss. (Third Junction Cafe has two branches in Kulai and this is their first venture in Johor Bahru.)
Third Junction is one of those trendy modern cafes that are sprouting up around Johor. I am not really a big fan of this genre of cafes and have so far only tried some of them for a quick bite when I am in a hurry and have no other options. The menu is usually extensive and the clean and comfortable environment is family friendly. However, I have so far been a little sceptical about the quality of the food.
So, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the food at Third Junction Cafe. Overall, the flavours are on the robust and heavy side, and is quite appealing for people used to stronger tastes.
First to arrive was this Spicy Tomato Soup Noodle with Seafood (RM8.90). Just the right level of spiciness for me, though some may find it slightly too hot. I like the body, seafood flavours and slight tanginess in the soup. The egg noodles were nicely al dante. I will reorder this dish.
Fried Butter Chicken Rice (RM8.20). Nice fried rice accompanied by battered fried chicken in curry and baked beans. Tasty. I liked this too.
I like these Special Salty Egg Yolk Drumlets (RM6.90 for 4 pieces). The salted egg yolks gave the drumlets a nice savouriness. Nicely fried, crispy outside and inside it was still slightly tender and juicy. I will reorder this.
I have been looking for good cheese baked rice and so ordered the Hong Kong Supreme Baked Rice (RM11.90). At Third Junction, the rice is stir fried before smothered by creamy cheese. The fried chicken chop felt slightly overdone to me but others may appreciate the blend of crispy chicken with flavourful fried rice topped with creamy cheese.
We were already stuffed but Li Wen was eager for us to try Third Junction's XO Sauce Fried Taro Cake (RM6.90) with bean sprouts and eggs. The taro cubes were deep fried, slightly crispy outside and inside it was tender and flavourful. Stir frying the cubes with XO sauce added additional savouriness to the dish. The bean sprouts were crunchy. I like this dish and would reorder when I am at Third Junction again.
The Fresh Mango Sago Toss (RM6.50). Sweet and icy - nice way to round up the meal :)
Our cold fresh honey dew juice.
The old style coffee at Third Junction is good - robust flavour and full bodied. They use a good quality coffee bean from Muar and it was nicely brewed.
Third Junction is good for groups chilling together. Food is tasty, there is something for everyone, and prices are reasonable. On Thursdays and Saturdays 8:30pm to 11:30pm, there is even live singing to entertain the diners.
Restaurant name: Third Junction (Taman Nusa Bestari branch)
Address: 32 Jln Nusa Bestari 5/2, Taman Nusa Bestari, Johor Bahru
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/gmHHq (rough)
GPS: 1.482532,103.666305 (rough)
Hours: 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight
Parking: Ample, free street parking.
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 3 Jul 2013