I am just a greedy food lover! I do not mind to travel a bit further, or maybe 2 hours to find some good food to eat!
I love expensive food, yet I love cheap but nice food too! The restaurants, pubs, cafes in Johor Bahru are like bamboo shoots after raining, getting more and more, and there are more varieties too! I have been to one at Bukit Indah. The bar and restaurant called Balcony, it is just next to Setia Sales Office, opposite Tesco.
I have met a chef, last time he used to be a manager in a restaurant at AeON Tebrau called Flinstone. I used to work there as a “bartender” there for making juices and coffee after graduation from high school. It was a very interesting experience of working there, staff were friendly, the manger sometimes cooked steak for me. haha! It was fun to stay outside with a bunch of friends too, we would go to Permas Jaya to eat Lok Lok and the super spicy grilled chicken. After eating the chicken, we had to order 3 cups of water each to cool down the spicy taste in mouth! That bunch of friends always laughed at me that my bf (at that time) tattooed a bird for me on his arm…well, my last name meant “swallow”..and so he wanted to tattooed it for me without my approval. My friends said that normally tattoo your gd/bf name, the relationship would never last long. And yea, it has been proven to be true.
Ok, enough of old story.
the beer variety is really little at Balcony@ Bukit Indah, only tiger, heineken and maybe carlsberg and a few more. One thing to note is that the food was out of my expectation. There are many western restaurant or cafe which serve western food, but most of the time, the food they serve are not so nice and sometimes taste and look like hong kong cafe or fast food style. Although the food in Balcony may not be as good as Chef Papaz, it still stands out from the others.
Medium cooked beef steak, which was very fresh and juicy! My favourite there, so I highly recommend this dish! For steak, I think the freshness of the beef is very important! While the pork knuckle was a bit hard but crispy!
Fried house-made pork meatballs, the meatballs tasted generally good. The best part was the chili sauce that came together with the meatballs, impressive chili sauce! Hahaha! The other dish is the sauteed potatoes which was just so so.
Spaghetti Marinara, another delicious dish there. I do not like to eat spaghetti which soaked into tomato sauce, which always taste only sour and salty. This dish was with just enough sauce, the prawns and mussels were very fresh too. Btw, the carbonara there was quite creamy and cheesy. Some people like it, some don’t.
Overall, it is a pleasant place to have dinner at! Ample parking space, less crowd, relaxing atmosphere!
Address: Wisma S P Setia, Jalan Indah 15, Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru, Johor.