Monday, 21 April 2014
Matterhon @ Danga in Johor Bahru, Country Garden
Johor Kaki was invited for lunch at the newly opened Matterhon @ Danga in the sprawling Country Garden (off Jalan Skudai) which is fast emerging as another F and B hotspot in Johor Bahru.
Matterhon is well known among Western food and steak lovers in Johor Bahru. Matterhon @ Danga is their third branch in Johor Bahru. The first Matterhon Bistro was opened in 2006 at Jalan Rosmerah 4/14 in Taman Johor Jaya. The second Matterhon Steak House is located in Taman Impian Emas, Jalan Impain Emas 5/1.
The interior of Matterhon @ Danga is spacious, comfortable and family friendly.
The key man behind the menu at Matterhon @ Danga is Chef Kalidass. I chatted a while with Kalidass - his energy and passion for his art is infectious. I could feel Kalidass' hunger for knowledge and innovative spirit with an enthusiasm to explore and experiment.
I could taste his dedication in his food.
First up was the Smoked Duck Trio Cheese Fondue (RM24.90++). The smoked duck slices were cut quite thick with fat and skin on, lightly pan seared and eaten with a dip made with 3 different types of cheese. It's a savoury starter with layers of savouriness from the smoked duck and melted cheese.
The foie gras with tamarind mango compote (RM39.90++ per serving). Made with duck liver, the foie gras was tender like toufu (bean curd), rich like butter, creamy, smooth like velvet and savoury. The tamarind and mango compote gave the foie gras a delicate touch of refreshing citrusy flavour and sweetness.
Seared Cod Fish in Creamed Spinach with a dash of Pernod liqueur and topped with caramelised cherry tomatoes.
I liked this thick slab of tender snowy white juicy Atlantic Cod. The sweet meat was complemented by the soft yet crunchy greens, creamy savoury sauce, and a touch of sweet Pernod liqueur.
Char-Grilled Wagyu Ribeye in wild mushroom and shallot confit with a blanket of refreshing salsa cruda.
Our Wagyu ribeye was beautifully done medium. I enjoyed the moist and rich beefy flavour with every bite into the tender meat. The slightly caramelised outside gave the steak a nice smokey taste.
Roasted Rack of Lamb on a bed of Pearl Barley Risotto (RM69.90++).
The tender New Zealand lamb had that lovely rich lamb flavour in it's juicy flesh.
Matterhon @ Danga has a selection of wines to pair with the food.
Check out Matterhon's newest outlet and JB's newest makan hotspot at Country Garden.
Restaurant name: Matterhon @ Danga Country Garden
Address: Country Garden, Danga Bay (off Jalan Skudai)
Hours: 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 3 Apr 2014
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