Thursday, 9 July 2015
Café Racer by Grillbar in Pelangi Johor Bahru JK1178
My friend Chef Gary from Grillbar Steakhouse has been sharing with me his vision of a simple cafe where he welcomes all with high quality yet affordable food. That was months before he opened Cafe Racer. It's been 5 months since Cafe Racer opened it's doors and it's only today that I managed to pop by for a visit ;-p
Restaurant name: Café Racer by Grillbar
Address: 72, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.482819, 103.775137
Hours: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tel: +60 7-335 0000
No pork, no lard, Halal certified supplies
The moment we stepped into Cafe Racer, I can see Gary's stamp at every corner of the two storey eatery. As Gary is an avid biker, of course his new baby must have the biker theme (just like at Grillbar, his first baby).
True to his vision, Gary wants Cafe Racer to be "a cool and chill hang-out place with reasonable pricing and Halal friendly menu".
Opened for less than half a year, it's already caught the imagination of net savvy youth with images of Cafe Racer spreading on social media like wild fire.
Gary wasn't in the house when we dropped by but he did mentioned before that food at Cafe Racer will be simple and casual.
So, we ordered 2 simple sets, a beef pie and a dessert.
The Tomato Basil Soup was a nicely creamy blend of savoury sweet flavours with very slight tangy notes. Lots of lovely soft bits of chopped vegetables inside. It was a great start!
Everything in the soup was fresh - none of those canned nonsense :-D
Rock and Roll Shrimp Burrito. (I like the fancy names Gary gave to his dishes.)
The fresh lettuce wrap was refreshing and had a surprisingly interesting crunchy mouth feel. Must Try (especially if you are a herbivore).
Good sized fresh shrimps wrapped and deep fried in crusty batter.
Grilled Chicken Chop with Rice.
Tender and juicy chicken leg grilled till golden brown and served with sides of grilled cherry tomatoes, buttery boiled rice and broccoli.
The savoury sweet mushroom sauce that held everything together was simply awesome.
Papa's Beef Pie (RM22).
Hearty juicy, tender, beefy meaty stew encased in a buttery flaky crust.
Ah, that splash of brown sauce and mushrooms again.
We wrapped up our lunch by sharing a Sizzling Brownie (RM18). The brownie is served warm, topped with a large scoop of ice cream. Just before serving, a staff poured hot chocolate sauce on the sizzling plate for a little steamy drama ;-p
Tender buttery sweet brownie with soft ice cream and crunchy toasted macadamia nuts set in a pool of warm chocolate sauce.
A nice sweet happy ending to our great lunch.
->> Cafe Racer is a simple, affordable fun dining hang out but there is no compromise on food quality at all.
Congratulations Gary for achieving your delicious vision.
Date visited: 4 Jul 2015
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