Tokyo Secret is famous for their signature Hanjuku cheese tarts, crepe cakes and bakes, but I was delighted to find out today at their Mid Valley Southkey outlet in Johor Bahru that they serve excellent savoury dishes too.
I like the bright, clean, simple yet elegant, cheerful feel inside Tokyo Secret. We especially love the comfortable well padded booth seats.
The large outlet is located at ground floor, southern entrance of the sprawling mall. (Note where you park if you drive and don't like to walk too much.)
Chef Faisal leads the kitchen crew at Tokyo Secret Mid Valley Southkey. Starting at age 17 as a kitchen help, chef Faisal built an impressive portfolio in his nearly 20 year culinary career. Chef worked in various restaurants / hotels in Kuala Lumpur, was appointed the home chef of VVIPs including a stint as the VVIP chef at Malaysia's defence ministry. He was last at Marriott Kuala Lumpur and Tanjong Jara (Trengganu) before being handpicked to join Tokyo Secret.
I like Tokyo Secret's Chili Crab Pasta (price RM21.90+). The sauce tasted savoury from the crustacean, caramelised garlic and mushroom, spicy from chili and spices, and sweet from tomatoes. The heavy gauge spaghetti was done al dente with a tender-firm crunch to the bite. The sauce was well greased.
KA's order of Prawn Aglio Olio (price RM25.90+). I didn't taste it but did catch a whiff of the lovely aroma of caramelised garlic and pasta. KA liked the dish and confirmed that the 3 large prawns were fresh.
We had a Margarita Pizza (price RM23.90+).
Tasty fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and garden-fresh basil topping but the pizza base was floppy and soft.
Nasi Lemak with Ayam Goreng Berempah (price RM18.90+).
Large piece of spice marinated chicken leg fried to a browned crisp outside. The rice was well infused with coconut milk sweetness and pandan fragrance. The crunchy zesty achar was sweet and gently sour with spicy notes.
Special mention for the delicious sambal chili which tasted savoury sweet spicy with underlying anchovy flavour. The spicy sauce recipe came from Tokyo Secret founder's mother-in-law. So delicious, I ate it on its own as it was too good waste (it was not overly spicy).
Nasi Lemak with Rendang Chicken (RM15.90+).
Same aromatic coconut milk and pandan infused rice, tasty heirloom recipe sambal chili, achar and non crispy sweet spicy tender rendang chicken which is the way I love this dish 😄
Time for Tokyo Secret's famous cakes, tarts and bakes.
Black Chocolate Honey Toast (RM23.60+). I like the crunchy crisp toasted milk bread and smooth house made ice cream. (Didn't bite into that tempting macaroon as I was waa....aay too full.)
We like Tokyo Secret's crepe cakes because they come in many flavours (RM16+ each). They are fluffy soft with fine, light, creamy cheese between the many layers in the stack. We like it that Tokyo Secret's crepe cakes have just the right level of sweetness and the flavoured cakes (such as strawberry, mango, passionfruit etc) taste natural.
You can trust Asher's expert opinion on cakes. Asher knows his cakes as there are more than 2 birthday celebrations at his kindy every week, sometimes everyday of the week 🎂
Tokyo Secret's signature classic Hanjuku Cheese Tart (price RM7 per piece).
Light creamy sweetish, subtly sour cheese with buttery crumbly cup. Perfect with coffee (which Tokyo Secret serves a good cuppa).
They have other flavours such as matcha, strawberry, hazelnut etc (price RM8+ per piece).
Nice Hokkaido Milk Ice Cream (price RM8.90+). Smooth, rich, creamy yet light and refreshing on the tongue. Not overly sweet.
I like Tokyo Secret's cappuccino (price RM11+) as the coffee blend has nice full round body, robust rich savoury sweet taste and lovely Arabica aroma.
Mahmud has been a barista for over 3 years and takes great pride in his coffee.
We enjoyed the hot fruit teas which come in a tea set with beautiful cups and saucers which certainly add to the pleasure of chilling out with our cakes and tea at Tokyo Secret. Great value at RM11+ in my opinion.
Fragrant French rose tea with real rose petals (price RM16+ per pot).
Recommended for you 👍 Family friendly restaurant with nice, cheerful, clean environment and comfortable furnishings. The menu range is not the widest but there is something nice for everyone or the whole family. We like the spaghetti and local delights dishes. The cakes were excellent. Service is good (we arrived 11am and service was efficient from around noon onwards, after gears warmed up and turned smoothly). Pricing is competitive (I would even say value for money). Overall, I love this family restaurant and would be back for meals or just to chill out with cakes and coffee/ tea.
This post is based on food we tasted over 2 separate visits.
Restaurant name: Tokyo Secret
Address: G-019, Ground Floor, South Entrance, The Mall Mid Valley Southkey, No 1, Persiaran Southkey 1, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor
GPS: 1°30'06.9"N 103°46'36.0"E 🌐 1.501927, 103.776665
Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Date visited: 5 Oct 2019