The one thing all Malaysians have in common is their passion for food! With an eclectic mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines, Malaysian dishes are simply to die for. This Ramadan, restaurants in Johor Bahru are offering Muslim patrons a Malaysian gastronomic feast at affordable prices.
Whether you’re taking a trip across the causeway to buy your Eid essentials or call Johor Bahru home, here are some of the best halal restaurants to break your fast in Johor Bahru.
Ponderosa Golf & Country Resort’s Ramadan buffet theme this year is Sajian Klasik Nusantara, which translates to Classic Archipelago cuisine. Judging from the theme, you can expect a selection of delectable dishes from the region such as Nasi Lemak, Nasi Ambang, Capati, Roti Canai, Fried Carrot Cake and Fried Kuay Teow.
You can’t miss out on the live barbeque station where the chefs will smoke your favourite beef, chicken, duck or fish right in front of you. Other than the usual assorted pastries for dessert, you can have your fill of the king of fruits from the free flow durian station!
Address: Ponderosa Golf & Country Resort, No, 3, Jalan Ponderosa 1, Taman Ponderosa, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Price: RM78 (~S$25.60) nett for adults, RM35 (~S$11.50) nett for children (aged 6 to 12)
Date of Availability: 9 May – 2 June 2019, 7pm – 9pm
Contact: +60 7-354 9999
2. Seri Mutiara Restaurant
If you’re looking for authentic Malaysian food, the Warisan Tradisi Mutiara (Traditional Heritage) Ramadan buffet is the place to go to. Located within Hotel Mutiara Johor Bahru, the buffet serves up mouth-watering traditional Malay specialities such as lemang (glutinous rice), ketupat (rice cakes), serunding (spicy fried coconut flakes), chicken rendang and sambal petai with fish.
For seafood lovers, savour the classic Malay seafood dishes which include Siput Sedut Lemak Chili Api (snail cooked in spicy coconut gravy), Udang Sambal Tumis (sambal prawns) and Ketam-5-Rasa (five-flavoured crabs). End your meal by scooping up some shaved ice from the biggest Ice Kacang you’ve ever seen!
Address: Lobby Level, KB No. 779, Mutiara Johor Bahru, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Century, 80250, Johor Bahru, Johor, 80250, Malaysia
Price: RM125 (~S$41) nett for adults, RM65 (~S$21.40) nett for children (aged 4 to 12)
Date of Availability: 6 May – 4 June 2019, 7pm – 9.30pm
Contact: +60 7-330 0244 / 0248
3. Gleneagles Terrace Restaurant
In line with their theme Buffet ala Bazar 28 Hari (28 Day Buffet in the style of a Bazaar), you can find a plethora of bazaar food under one roof in this restaurant. Sounds too good to be true? With over 150 dishes to choose from, you’ve got to see it to believe it! Stuff your face with delicious dishes such as Asam Pedas, Kambing Bakar, Sup Tulang Merah, Satay and Coconut Shake!
Set in the relaxing premises of Pulai Springs Resort, enjoy your feast in a laid back atmosphere. You can even soothe your food coma by catching a film in an open-air movie screening at the resort’s garden!
Address: Pulai Springs Resort, 81110 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Price: RM99 (~S$32.55) nett for adults, RM49 (~S$16) nett for children (aged 4 to 12)
Date of Availability: 7 May – 3 June 2019, from 7pm onwards
Contact: +60 7-521 2121
4. New York Hotel Ramadan Buffet
Nostalgia will strike you as you walk through the doors of New York Hotel’s Nostalgia Citarasa Desa Serantau (Nostalgic Village Cuisine) Ramadan Buffet. Buffet tables are decorated with traditional Malay elements such as batik, bamboo-weaved baskets and stone mortars and pestles. You’ll feel like you’re back in your grandmother’s kampung.
Some of the more unique food on the buffet table that you must try are the Kambing Golek and Nasi Kerabu Bunga Telang. The aromatic blue rice is simply the perfect pairing with the succulent smoked mutton. Finish your meal with the scrumptious Durian Fritters. You can find this innovative durian dish only at the New York Hotel Ramadan Buffet!
Address: 22, Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Taman Abad, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Price: RM98 (~S$32.20) nett for adults, RM48 (~S$15.80) nett for children (aged 5 to 12)
Date of Availability: 6 May – 4 June 2019, 6.45pm – 10pm
Contact: +60 7-331 1588
5. Fern Pine Cafe
If you love to bask in all things traditional during the holy month, Fern Pine Cafe’s Sajian Tradisi (Traditional Dishes) will certainly be right up your alley. Delight your tastebuds with a taste of some of the most heavenly, distinctive Malay dishes, such as Ayam Masak Merah, Gearbox Soup and Asam Pedas Ikan, at the buffet. The buffet spread will undoubtedly remind you of your mother’s cooking.
To amp up this unique experience, Fern Pine Cafe also gives out every Malaysian’s favourite childhood snacks which include Super Ring, Tam Tam and Mi-Mi. At the end of your glorious buffet dinner, create a lasting memory by taking photos at the village hut display just outside the restaurant.
Address: 260, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Price: RM128 (~S$42) nett for adults, RM68 (~S$22.40) nett for children (aged 4 to 11)
Date of Availability: 7 May – 4 June 2019, 6.30pm – 10pm
Contact: +60 7-290 3367
We’re already halfway through Ramadan, so don’t wait any longer. Rally your family and friends and book a table at one of these halal restaurants in Johor Bahru soon. You’ll definitely not want to miss out on these Malaysian feasts!
Also read: 7 Halal Buffets to Try in Johor Bahru