Wednesday, 23 April 2014

CLOSED "W" Espresso Sporting Club by Monsta Cafe at Country Garden, Johor Bahru

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"W" Espresso Sporting Club by Monsta Cafe opens in Country Garden, JB's newest exciting F and B hotspot. Johor Kaki was invited to a tasting on "W" Espresso Sporting Club's first day of business.

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Yuan Feng, the boss of "W" Espresso Sporting Club and Monsta Cafe (in Nusa Bestari) is a multiple international award winning Master Barista.

Yuan Feng, who has a business degree from London, put a lot of thought into the concept of "W" Espresso Sporting Club.

The cafe sports a sports theme set in the 1960s, you know... that decade when English soccer was at it's zenith and the world fell in love with the fabulous four wild lads from Liverpool....

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When I was a child, I listened to the Canto spoof version (believe me) of the Beatles' "Can't buy me love" belted out from a turntable like this and laying on my back in a space like this.

Yuan Feng nailed it, right down to the rustic olive pine colour and dimpled sofas.

Yuan Feng is a man of focus, details, precision and fine taste.

His aim is to create the best space to enjoy the ultimate espresso.

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Starting from the fundamentals, only fine specialty grade Arabica is served.  

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This grinding machine grinds a precise 7-8 grams dose of coffee at a time.

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Firmly compacting the coffee grinds for a consistent brew.

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For the best aromatic coffee, the steaming brew flows from the spout for 18-23 seconds, no more, no less. 

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Here's latte artistry for your enjoyment, courtesy of Yuan Feng.

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Cappuccino with slow pour layered heart latte art.

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My friend Sean's flat white.

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My flat white.

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Top notch specialty coffee joints are a boon for the growing community of coffee lovers in Johor.

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The thirst for top quality specialty coffee and coffee joints seems insatiable at the moment.

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While Yuan Feng heads the coffee section, Chef Xiaofu who worked at Singapore's Fullerton Hotel, helms the kitchen section.

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"W" Espresso Sporting Club's mushroom soup (RM18) uses four types of mushrooms to give us four different layers of mushroom flavours. The creamy soup is a blend of shitake, oyster mushrooms and mushroom raviolis cooked with garlic and shallot oil. The soup is then sprinkled with bits of dry porcini mushrooms, a trickle of truffle oil and a dash of Parmesan foam.

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"W" Espresso Sporting Club's signature salad is their flamboyant Mango Dragon Fruit Salad with Prawn (RM17). Diced mango and dragon fruits, and their juices make a soft sweet bed for seared prawns topped with crunchy arugula greens. The bouquet is flanked by creamy swirls of mustard coloured spicy sauce.

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"W" Espresso Sporting Club's signature main course Grilled Poulet with Chasseur Sauce (RM31). In plain English, grilled chicken with brown sauce. The grilled chicken thighs are served with mashed purple yam with sauce made with mushroom, tomatoes and chicken juice. The dish is served with sauteed vegetables.

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Walnut crusted salmon with creamy buttery beurre sauce (RM36). A healthful and tasty dish of crunchy walnuts, and baked salmon on a bed of savoury melted butter (beurre).

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One of JB's finest coffee clubs.

Restaurant name: "W" Espresso Sporting Club By Monsta Cafe
Address: Country Garden, Danga Bay (off Jalan Skudai)
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/5sPLu
GPS: 1.473481,103.724325
Hours: 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert

Date visited: 22 Mar 2014

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