Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Barney's Good Food Great Time in Kluang Johor

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Exploring Kluang town for food today, I had lunch at Barney's - Kluang's oldest and still most famous Western food restaurant.


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Barney's at Jalan Yayasan is at the throbbing heart of downtown Kluang. Nearly 15 years old now, Barney's is still the go to place for Western food in Kluang.

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Inside the air conditioned restaurant, Barney's has plenty of warmth from the cosy decor and the families dining together.

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The owner of Barney's is..... Barney Lim. Barney went to university in USA and worked there and in Europe for over a decade before returning home to Kluang to start his own restaurant.

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Barney was born into the F & B industry. His grandfather was the founder of the iconic Kluang Rail Coffee. Growing up in his family's Hainanese kopitiam, Barney vowed at age 15 to never stay in F & B 😱 In USA, he part timed in the university's cafeteria and realised that F & B is in his blood. Barney can take himself out of F & B but he cannot take the F & B out of himself 😂 So, after one big 10-year circle from kitchens in USA to Europe, Barney is back at his own kitchen in his hometown.

I had a chance to lunch at Barney's today 😄


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Coming into Barney's, dodging Malaysia's blistering tropical heat, I cooled down with an iced lemon tea. I am glad that it is made the old way with real tea and lemon (because nowadays ice lemon tea is often made with syrup or instant powder).

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The cream of mushroom soup is simple and nice. The thick creamy soup is made with just button mushrooms. It tastes gently savoury sweet. The soup is smooth with interesting soft spongy crunchy bits of mushroom suspended inside.

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Simple and nice classic Caesar salad. Fresh lettuce, cherry tomatoes and croutons dressed with a blend of lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, fine anchovy bits etc, and dusted with Parmesan cheese.

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I had a pan fried snapper fillet.

This was not a regular menu item. Beside the items in the regular menu, Barney buys what is in season and serves them as daily specials. In a way, it is just like eating at home - there is no fixed menu at home but always fresh and good as mum or dad buys what is best at the market for the day. That's one of the reasons why eating at home is always a delight 😄

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The lightly seared thick snapper fillet was tender, juicy and sweet though I didn't really like the slight underlying earthy taste. But, Barney's house made salsa sauce did wonders to the dish.

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The smooth house sauce is a blend of onion, roasted tomato, chili pepper, chili padi, orange, honey etc held together with Lady's Choice mayonnaise. The sauce is a nice balance of mild sweet and spicy accentuating the snapper's natural sweetness making the earthy taste hardly discernible.

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The French fries were served with another house made sauce - a tasty mildly spicy blend of Sriracha and paprika with savoury tangy mayonnaise.


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I love this refreshing pulpy "dragon fruit" juice. The "dragon fruit" comes from the plantations in nearby Kahang. Barney likes to use whatever is available locally, a kind of "farm to table" philosophy he imbibed while working in the USA and Europe.

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Ending my lunch on a sweet note. Sweet moist house made brownie topped with sweet ice cream and drizzled with sweet chocolate sauce.

I enjoyed my lunch and insightful conversation with Barney 😄

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We won't be seeing this decor soon as Barney's will be moving after 15 years. In a couple of months, Barney's restaurant will be moving to new premises a stone's throw from here.

If you like that nostalgic feel at Barney's, you have about two months before they move 😄


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Actually, Kluang is just 1.5 hours leisurely drive from JB. It has many interesting food and places - I will be making more regular visits to Kluang for more "find dining" 😄

Disclosure: Thank you Barney for your hospitality.

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Restaurant name: Barney's
Address6, Lorong Yayasan, Johor, 86000 Kluang, Malaysia
GPS2°01'58.7"N 103°19'15.6"E | 2.032976, 103.320991
Tel+60 7-774 4992
Hours: 11:30am to 10:00pm

No pork, no lard, no Halal cert

Date visited: 20 Jun 2017

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