Jo­hor Bahru

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Merk Group: This home­grown F&B group is the cre­ative mus­cle be­hind some of the most in­no­va­tive din­ing con­cepts in Jo­hor

Check out the movers and shak­ers

What’s new and hap­pen­ing in Jo­hor? Bring your OCBC Credit/debit Card to score the best sav­ings as you check out the lat­est con­cepts over the Cause­way. Here are 10 you can’t miss.

THE RE­PLACE­MENT LODGE & KITCHEN

Known for their peren­nial brunch menu that’s served till 6pm, The Re­place­ment’s Eggs Benny and Croque Madame will never go out of style. But it’s the cre­ative menu that keeps us com­ing back, whether it’s to try the chur­ros with salted egg yolk dip, un­agi bao or crab meat men­taiko aglio olio with smoked duck. You’ll also find Mel­bourne-in­spired hand brews and spe­cialty teas like Cas­cara cof­fee cherry fruit tea from Bo­livia.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

10% OFF TO­TAL BILL 33-34 Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 12 547 7885

FAC­ULTY OF CAF­FEINE

F.O.C for those in the know started off as a cosy brunch spot, evolv­ing into a mod­ern diner that takes a glee­ful hop­scotch through cul­tural in­flu­ences. The tight menu doesn’t make it easy to choose be­tween crispy chicken con­fit with mush­room gravy, and an un­agi and mixed tem­pura topped don­buri. The sam­bal fried chicken is an ap­pro­pri­ate snack in be­tween meals, as is Madam Lim’s Brown­ies – made with love by the owner’s mom.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

10% OFF TO­TAL BILL 106 Jalan Trus 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 12 547 7885

TROPIQUE CAFÉ & RESTAU­RANT

The Merk Group has upped its stakes by go­ing full-tilt into con­tem­po­rary mod­ern din­ing with a 120-seater restau­rant. Tropique Café & Restau­rant whisks you out of Malaysia with its mod-french decor wrought around mar­ble and wood ac­cents. Ca­sual in the day, the menu turns se­ri­ous at night, with sashimi crudo, foie gras chicken breast and a cu­rated cock­tail and wine list.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

10% OFF TO­TAL FOOD BILL Lot D Jalan Ekoflora 1 Ta­man Ekoflora 81100 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 12 547 7886

SHAKE­SPEARE MILK­SHAKES

Shake off your thirst at this pit­stop for all things sweet and savoury. Crêpes, waf­fles and milk­shakes are the In­sta­gram or­der of the day es­pe­cially when topped with Pocky sticks and Kinder Bueno. Fancy some crof­fles and sweet potato fries? A crof­fle is a per­fect mar­riage be­tween a crois­sant and a waf­fle, while the fries are topped with marsh­mal­lows, sour cream and truf­fle oil.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

10% OFF TO­TAL BILL 9 Jalan Trus, 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 16 421 8530

AMAYA FOOD GALLERY

Given the ho­tel’s Thai ori­gins, the 246-seater Amaya Food Gallery is beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated with a Thai-per­anakan nod. Ex­plore the rhythm, colours and tastes of South­east Asia through the live cook­ing sta­tions that trans­form into a mar­ket­style street at din­ner. Ex­ec­u­tive sous chef Kanok­wan Pung­jaroe nki­jkul (Gina) will have you com­ing back for more of her Thai green curry, phad Thai with seafood, and spicy stir-fried chicken.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

20% OFF À LA CARTE FOOD BILL AND WEEK­END BUF­FET Amari Ho­tel Jo­hor Bahru No. 82C Jalan Trus, 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 7 266 8888

Amari Jo­hor Bahru: The first Amari in Malaysia is a 5-star ad­di­tion with 242 guest rooms, ad­join­ing Zenith Life­style Cen­tre.

Zenith Life­style Cen­tre: Its handy lo­ca­tion and top-notch se­lec­tion of din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions place this new­est mall ahead of the pack

GUOMA STEAM­BOAT

First housed in a shop­house in 2012, Guoma has con­tin­ued to win over bel­lies with their com­fort­ing Tai­wanese-style hot­pot cui­sine. You have a choice of two soup bases and an un­lim­ited serv­ing of prawns, fish­balls, meats, noo­dles and braised meat rice. The self-ser­vice ex­tends to the sauce sta­tion too, where you’re rec­om­mended to crack an egg yolk into the nutty and ap­petis­ing Spe­cial Guoma Sauce.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

10% OFF TO­TAL BILL 02-05,06,07 Zenith Life­style Cen­tre, 82C Jalan Trus, 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 10 653 6868

GOGIROU BBQ MEAT STREET

In­spired by the “meat street” or BBQ area of Il­san town, this trendy Korean restau­rant is Jo­hor Bahru’s favourite BBQ meat spe­cial­ist. In­door round ta­bles are equipped with round grills and over­head ex­hausts, while you grill up juicy beef, chicken and pork at the ta­ble. Look out for other favourite dishes, such as japchae and the sig­na­ture Juras­sic beef ribs.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

10% OFF À LA CARTE FOOD BILL G-05 Zenith Life­style Cen­tre, 82C Jalan Trus, 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 7 268 9771

MACGREGOR’S

A fine Ir­ish pub awaits just five min­utes across the Cause­way. Whether you love live sports screen­ing, live mu­sic, a wide choice of beers and whiskies, fine feasts or all of the above, Macgregor’s aims to please. Its all-day menu ranges from Ir­ish oys­ters and chicken wings, to the fa­mous mus­sels in a pot, beer-bat­tered fish and chips, mut­ton ren­dang and Granny’s Clas­sic Lamb Shank. You’ll be rock­ing away in good com­pany.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

10% OFF FOOD AND SPIR­ITS BOT­TLE G-06 Zenith Life­style Cen­tre, 82C Jalan Trus, 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 7 277 6818

KEITO

Beau­ti­fully plated bowls and plates of ra­men to sashimi, are top of the mind. Min­i­mal­ist in light blond wood colours, the restau­rant of­fers a large bar, pri­vate tatami-style din­ing rooms and a no pork, no lard pol­icy. Cus­tomers rave about the finely grilled ro­batayaki skew­ers as well as the chef’s spe­cial chilli sauce that ac­com­pa­nies the ra­men bowls.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

15% OFF TO­TAL BILL G-03B Zenith Life­style Cen­tre, 82C Jalan Trus, 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 11 1146 9812

NEW ZEALAND UN­LIM­ITED

At this brand’s sec­ond out­let, ex­pect the same great New Zealand oys­ters, king salmon, green-lipped mus­sels, grass-fed rib­eye, lamb leg and more that boast the fresh, pure flavours of Kiwi-land. They also hand­pick 70 wines from 19 vine­yards, along with bou­tique whiskies, beers and spir­its.

OCBC CARDMEMBERS EX­CLU­SIVE:

10% OFF TO­TAL BILL 01-03A Zenith Life­style Cen­tre, 82C Jalan Trus 80000 Jo­hor Bahru Tel: +60 7 505 0768

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