Saturday, 3 May 2014

ONE63 European Bistro & Bar in Johor Bahru, Jalan Ngee Heng

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Adelyn from ONE63 European Bistro & Bar invited me to visit for lunch.

This was my third visit to ONE63 European Bistro & Bar; here are my first and second visits.

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We met at 2:00pm after the lunch crowd left, so it was a quiet time to appreciate fine food and to catch up.

This was the main dining area on the upper floor. Very neat and simple - not much has changed decor-wise, since my last visit.

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Our starter dish has a rather long name. It's called Medley of Vegetables Ratatouille with Truffle Poached Egg. Well, the name practically described the dish, completely.

But, I must highlight the zucchini. It was really special.

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I love this zucchini. Yes, this is zucchini - that green squash that looks like a small cucumber.

This is another example of how inexpensive, easily available ingredients can turned into exquisitely delicious food with the right techniques, skills and effort.

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The zucchini was sliced thin lengthwise, marinated with a savoury sauce, grilled, then rolled and served.

The resulting zucchini roll is crunchy, juicy, sweet, yet so savoury. I love it. Very much.

I'll order this starter again, just for the zucchini rolls.

The poached egg was also very interesting.

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The jiggly egg looked like an overstretched balloon filled with too much water, and was about to burst.

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And, burst it did with help from a little prick, with a fork. The egg yolk was laced with truffle oil.

This starter is a great way to make anyone hungry.

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Our main was a Rack of Lamb.

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Made with lamb imported from France, the meat was done medium rare. The meat was still pink and there was still dripping juices. 

Perfect. Again.

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The meat with bone on, was quite thick and it was sooo... sensuously tender. The signature lamb flavour and aroma released with each bite was warm and gentle - friendly to lamb novices, and irresistibly seductive to lamb lovers (like me).

I wiped off 4 pieces of these, and only because I held myself back for good manners :P   No kidding.

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I also liked the juicy crunchy sweet corn infused with a savoury broth and complemented by tangy sun dried cherry tomatoes.

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French fries gentrified with a drizzle of truffle oil.

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Honey mustard dip to go with the lamb, and fries, if you like.

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My dessert was this Semi Frozen Lemon Tart paired with a Honey Charcoal Gelato.

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I like many black coloured foods, you know..., charcoal burger, charcoal pizza, squid ink pasta, so this is no exception. Like everything in ONE63, this charcoal gelato was proudly house made in their own kitchen.

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This Semi Frozen Lemon Tart is a ladys' favourite though it was sour enough to make me cringed a little, at first bite. Once my taste buds woke up to the sourness, I merrily ate more than half of the block :D

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To go with the cold dessert, I had a pot of Tea FortéSwiss Apple Cinnamon blend.

ONE63 European Bistro & Bar is the only place in Johor Bahru you can enjoy this premium gourmet tea. There are many different luxury tea blends.

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Each order (RM18++) is served in an individual, elegant personalised teapot set.

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The Swiss Apple Cinnamon tea has a nice, calming therapeutic fragrance. I enjoyed it.
 
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I saw this chalk board signage as I stepped out, after our scrumptious lunch.

For Mother's Day (9 - 11 May), for spending above RM400, ONE63 is giving away a set of 2 adult and 2 child tickets to Singapore's River Safari. (I estimate that that's worth nearly RM200 in value.) 

For Father's Day (13 - 15 Jun), every RM100 spend is rewarded a RM45 set lunch voucher - that's actually a hefty 45% discount, wow.

Besides the great food, I think these very good parents' day deals should make everything even sweeter :D

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Restaurant name: ONE63 European Bistro & Bar
Address: 163, Jalan Ngee Heng, Johor Bahru
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/lg22W
GPS: 1.465643,103.760075
Hours: 11:00am to 12:00 midnight daily
No pork, no lard, alcohol served

Date visited: 28 Jun 2013, 28 Dec 2013, 2 May 2014

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