gCafe @ Mount Austin, Johor Bahru

gCafe @ Mount Austin, Johor Bahru - The Bake Idea Blog

So… I have this hang-up about cafes and the food they offer. Waffles? Eggs Benedict? Nutella cake?!! *shakes head* I can make them myself. Same goes for pasta… I eat an awful lot of that at home. But after listening to a very trusted foodie relative of ours actually recommending lunch at gCafe, DH and I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try.

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Interior bar at gCafe
Very nice industrial style decor and a real comfy environment to procrastinate in.

gCafe @ Mount Austin, Johor Bahru - The Bake Idea Blog

Fixation on bears
Then on the other hand, there’s this totally colourful wall of bears that don’t seem to gel well with the *i’m too cool for school* decor elsewhere. The designer in me kept scratching my head and wondering why why why?!! But at least the decor is much better than most of the other restaurants you can find in JB.

Okay, down to the food.

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Soft Shell Crab Pasta
Beautifully done. Succulent soft shell crab, bathed in a slightly spicy cream sauce that was not too rich. The serving was just nice for lunch and DH lapped it all up. Amazing, since he too hates having spaghetti outside due to us overdosing on it most days.

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Chicken Chop
Yes, I was totally unadventurous. But then, my reasoning was that if they can’t get this simple dish right, what else is edible? The verdict? I loved the chicken, it was cooked just right – crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. What I didn’t like was the dipping sauce which tasted awfully bland… like whipped butter without any seasoning. The salad had no dressing either. The dish came with a decent serving of fries and wedges. Nothing fancy there.

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Affogato
First ever affogato we had that came like a dessert instead of a drink. I enjoyed the crispy cookie crumb and almond mix that came with it, but wished that the ice cream was creamier – they could use a better brand and I can settle for just one scoop.

We also ordered a tiramisu but unfortunately it didn’t make an appearance (it did appear in the receipt though :p ). There must have been a mix-up cause we told them we would have liked it only after our mains.

Btw, the toilet is air-conditioned 😀 and the prices were decent. Next time we’ll bring the LO as they have a pretty attractive kids’ menu. Plus I have my eye set on the duck salad, and maybe try out a few desserts… provided they don’t forget about our order again.

 


***UPDATE***
So, my foodie parents are here in JB to dote on their grandchild, so I brought them here for lunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon… and there was a crowd!

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Duck salad
Presenting, as promised, the duck salad! And boy was it yummy! The tangy orange paired with that sweet honey dressing and the deliciously salty duck slices just made my tastebuds sing. I wish they had given me more greens though.

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Nasi Lemak
Its a sweet type of sambal – which I like. And the rice was decent. However that piece of fried chicken drumstick? *tsk tsk tsk* It must have been refried as it was as dry as dust. Conclusion: never order the only asian cuisine in a menu full of western food.

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Cheesecake
Once again, the LO attacked it before I can take a picture. This was divine. The texture was awesome and it wasn’t too sweet. I’ve got to try their tiramisu one day.

Once again, I’ve observed some service discrepancies at gCafe. We ordered nasi lemak with sotong (additional RM4 for sotong) but when the dish arrived, there wasn’t any sotong. My dad questioned the waitress and she insisted that it’s there in the sambal. We asked another (manager?) and he confirmed that there wasn’t any sotong and jokingly said that he had to “fish it out” from the kitchen. Next was my LO’s kid’s meal which was supposed to come with ice cream… but none appeared. We weren’t going to let her eat ice cream anyway so I let it pass. There was a lone guy at the next table who ordered shortly after us, but his meal only arrived after we had finished and was preparing to leave. Let’s hope they will tackle all these problems soon.

gCafe
Address : 147, Jalan Mutiara Emas 10/19, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru
Business Hours : Mon – Thu: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
Fri – Sat: 12:00 noon – 1:00am
Sun: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight

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