Monday, 1 September 2014
Tiamo Café and Eatery in Johor Bahru, Taman Sutera Utama
I have visited Tiamo Cafe and Eatery in Taman Sutera Utama twice.
Inside Tiamo Cafe, the decor is simple but the furniture is comfortable. The air conditioned interior is very clean and neat.
Outside, at the alfresco dining area, it was bright and slightly warm. I guess it would be perfect during cool evenings.
Tiamo Cafe is managed by Nicky who was trained in hotel management in Switzerland.
Tiamo serves simple Western dishes at reasonable prices in a clean and comfortable environment.
The cream of mushroom soup (RM9.90) was made with imported mushrooms finely chopped and drizzled with whipped cream. The mushroom soup was aromatic, savoury and mushroomy.
On my second visit, the mushrooms were blended into a puree. Nicky told me that this is the general public's preference.
If you are like me who like my mushroom soup slightly grainy with spongy bits, remember to specify to the service staff.
The toasts with butter garlic spread went well with the creamy mushroom soup.
Tiamo's signature salad RM13.90.
Fried crab stick, crunchy fresh lettuce, almond flakes, and egg dressed with thick house blended sesame sauce which was savoury, sweet and slightly tangy.
Dragonball in Shell RM21.90.
Tiamo's "Dragonball" is a large button mushroom filled with chopped crab meat and cheese, and then baked. Finely chopped basil leaves are sprinkled on the melted cheese, and the spongy, juicy "Dragonball" is eaten with Tabasco sauce.
Interesting starter with layers of savouriness and spongy, gummy texture.
Grilled Salmon with Leek Sauce RM25.90. Nicely pan seared Norwegian salmon.
Spaghetti aglio olio with garlic slices, cut red chili, chili flakes and sprinkles of finely chopped basil leaves RM13.90.
Black pepper seafood pasta RM21.90.
Pasta served with mussels, dory fish, prawn, anchovies, red chili, basil leaves, and tossed in gooey black pepper sauce.
Linguine aglio olio with prawns, garlic slices, leeks, red chili and chili flakes RM18.90.
Tiamo's spaghetti's are tuned to local palates but the pasta is served al dente. The flavours are relatively pronounced relying more on sauces and spices than on oils. Tiamo's pastas dishes felt slightly drier than the Italian style which uses generous amounts of olive oil.
Not quite the traditional spaghetti but Tiamo's localised version is more attuned to Johor preferences.
Tiamo's spaghetti dishes felt a little too localised for me on first tasting (hence I didn't blogged about it then), but at the second tasting, I began to appreciate the interesting local twist.
Perhaps, if you are in the Sutera Mall area, you may want to give it a try and see if it is for you.
My cappuccino at Tiamo.
Though Tiamo is not a coffee specialist, I like the coffee here which is made with single origin Columbian Arabica beans. Tiamo's coffee has good round body, and a rich nutty sweet flavour. I didn't have to use that tube of sugar at all.
A deep, dark, concentrated, and refreshing ice espresso with a layer of light brown foam, spiked with Irish cream liqueur.
Thank you David and Nicky for the invite.
Restaurant name: Tiamo Café and Eatery in Johor Bahru
Address: 19, Jalan Tanjung Sutera 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Hours: 11:30 am to 12:00 am (Closed on Weds)
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert, alcohol served.
Date visited: 3 Mar 2014, 29 Aug 2014
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