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Maio Italian Fine Dining @ JB

It has been a while for me to post some restaurants that I have been visiting, although I am still out of all places to try good food! (so I can never ever slim down, sad case T^T)

This time we found a rather quiet, secluded Italian fine dining – Maio Italian Restaurant which is hiding behind M-Suite Hotel near Danga Bay, Johor Bahru. The restaurant can be access via M-Suite Hotel or you can go through a small road beside M Suite Hotel to reach its private parking. It is a small bungalow surrounded by a “mini jungle” or garden.

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As this was a gathering and birthday celebration for my cousin and friend, I had pre-booked a table for 12 persons. It was a 12-person candle light dinner, haha! The place and decoration of the restaurant is romantic with dim light and very peaceful atmosphere. The main hall of the restaurant is not big, so we conquer the whole restaurant that night, haha!

 

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So we brought our own birthday cakes for the birthday boy and girl. The restaurant put the fireworks on the cake as a candle for us, and the whole restaurant staff came out together with the cakes singing birthday song! (Fireworks really works nice with birthday cakes and song!) The reason why we always bought birthday cakes outside rather than directly order from the restaurant that we dine in is becos we always have a very seasonal preference for cakes.

First we have Humble Beginnings’mille crepe (becos we were so in love with it, we bought it whenever there were birthday celebration and whenever we felt like eating), then we had too much of the mille crepe until we were kind of sick of it, we shifted to Mine Cake Shop’s yam-flavoured layer cake with different designer outlook (although the cake looked differently outside,  but the content is still yam cake. They also sell yam-flavoured cake in small row,so yea of cos then we had it whenever we felt like again. so until we were so sick of it, we shifted again). Then we changed to Moonlight’s red velvet and some other cheesecake. Then this time we have our craze over Verbena’s fruit cake, oreo cheese and pandan kaya. They are really nice!!!

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Candle light dinner with the little handsome boy! (He is too handsome so I cant show you his face!!!)

 

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Onion Soup

Italian bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil is the typical appetizer for Italian cuisine, I love the warm bread especially! We have also ordered the onion soup and mushroom soup. Both soups were tasty and flavourful. It was full of small mushroom chunks in mushroom soup. And of cos, Onion soup was full of onions (haha! very lame!) However for me the onion soup was a bit too salty. But! the pastry on top is crispy, it tasted nice in dipping into onion soup and tasted nice while eating it plain. Please take note that the soup is served in a big portion. For me if I finish one pot of soup by myself, I will not be able to eat anything else anymore. So my advice is that “soup is always for sharing”.

 

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Aglio Olio with cookie stick + topping: BBQ Chicken

There are a variety of toppings for the aglio olio, there is a choice of plain aglio olio as well. The aglio olio tasted above average than some very expensive cafes in Johor Bahru. The best part is the BBQ Chicken, they have the best BBQ Chicken slices or chunks in JB. Tender and  succulent, thoroughly marinated as it tasted flavourful not just surface but the meat inside.

 

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Pulled Beef Carbonara with asparagus, cookie stick

This is a very cheesy and creamy dish, if you really love slimy creamy cheesy stuff then you can try it. If you are not, then better dun order this unless this is for sharing cos if you dun like extra creamy cheesy food, then it might be hard for you to finish the whole plate. Overall, the dish is quite average but the asparagus here is so damn nicely cooked. It is not raw, but still crunchy and juicy and no bitter taste! (Frankly speaking, I can barely find restaurants which cook better asparagus than Maio in Johor Bahru so far)

 

 

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Lamb Shank

The lamb shank is considered as average, as normal very soft. Some people do not like the meat smell of lamb or mutton, then I suggest that you may opt for their other selection such as angus beef steak. Becos this is lamb shank there is of cos lamb smell (some people just like the meat smell).  Their angus beef steak is on with certain standard as well. And, there is asparagus again!

 

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Lamb Rack

The meat is firm and juicy, and I prefer this more than lamb shank. I prefer the sauce of this more than the sauce of lamb shank too. and no doubt, this is slightly more expensive than lamb shank.

 

 

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It is a “going to finish all food” photo. Look to the left of the picture, im actually trying to say that their pizza is very good too! haha! A variety of pizzas are available and a selection of toppings for the pizza can be added. The pizza is thin-crusted and it can be taken as a delicious appetizer through sharing.

 

 

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Last but not least, we are served with Italian dessert- Almond Pana Cotta! It is really sweet, it at first tasted something similar as Creme Brulee just without the caramel on top. Although It is really sweet, do try it slowly. Although the texture is similar to Creme Brulee but it taste differently when you have more. The aroma of almond slowly appeared and filled your mouth (although it is still very sweet but I love almond! I just do not have a sweet tooth)

** The price is average for fine dining, considered as relatively affordable. Average price  is about RM 100++ to RM 150++ per person for our dinner plus drinks.

Maio Italian Restaurant 
Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
(This is the number of M Suite Hotel, however you still can make your reservation through this number. I have lost the restaurant manger ‘s contact. Do take note that when you are booking through this number, please mention that you are booking for Maio Italian, becos there is another Maio Mediterranean restaurant inside M Suite Hotel)
Operating Hours:
Lunch: 11.00am – 2.30pm ( They have lunch set as well, which price ranged from RM 40++ to RM 60 or 70++, cant really recall)
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Closed: Mondays
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老巴刹炒粿@笨珍 Fried Carrot Cake@ Pontian

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My favourite char kuey stall. The stall was a trishaw ^^

The char kuey is fried with sweet dark soya sauce, dried radish and some spring onion, the taste is salty and sweet!

I always like to ask the boss to put more dark soya sauce, so it tastes sweeter with slightly burnt flavour, nom nom~

我最爱的炒粿!! 从小吃到大,很有古早味,滋味非常美好!

黑的甜酱油,菜脯和些些青葱,香咸甜!每次去都会跟老板说,炒黑一点,这样会比较甜一点点。 又咸又甜又香,又有一点焦焦的,简直就是完美组合!赞!

地点是在笨珍老巴刹 (只在晚上开哦!)

Location: Pontian Old Pasar-  Jalan Bakek Jaya 2, Pontian, Johor. (open at night only)

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Palsaik Koean BBQ 八色烤肉

Korean BBQ is very popular in JB and there are like hundreds shops around.

Everybody just loves Korean BBQ, especially meat lovers!

There is a relatively new Korean BBQ in town- Palsaik Korean BBQ (八色烤肉). The name of the restaurant directly points out that they offer  eight colours of pork belly for BBQ! The eight colours/flavours ranged from non-spicy to very spicy one. I personally prefer the herb one as the meat is with some light but nice aroma. The meat is fresh, vegetable is fresh, but there are not many choices on the menu as compared to other Korean BBQ restaurants around the area. The restaurant looks very clean and kind of spacious. The presentation of the food is very attractive. The food priced moderately higher than surrounding Korean BBQ restaurants, however it becomes very crowded and reservation is strongly suggested during friday and saturday nights.

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We ordered the premium set of Korean BBQ which costs about RM 200++. It was shared by 4 people and it was just nice (becos we have two big eaters!)

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Each table is compulsory to order at least for a set. Other than the sets, the choices for side dishes are very little, less than 10 items i think (mainly rice, noodles, porridge or some mushrooms).There are three types of sets.

  1. 3 colours (for 2 persons)
  2. 8 colours (for 3-4 persons)
  3. premium set (for 3-4 persons)

(photo taken from other place)

For the 3 colours, there is an option to choose either kimchi or grilled deodeok while grilled deodeok is served with every premium set ( there are only 4 pcs of deodeok for premium set, which means each person will get one only). What is deodeok? It is also called Lanceolate. is a flowering plant. It originates in East Asia. It is a variety of bonnet bellflower. The roots are used in Korean cuisine. In Chinese, it is called 沙参. Give it a try, it is abit crunchy and tasty.

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I love their vegetables, they were so fresh. They provide different varieties of salad leaves to wrap the grilled pork belly such as red and green coral lettuce, romaine lettuce and mint leaves. There are also raw garlic, green chili and enoki mushroom.

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Their premium kimchi

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The seafood pot which comes with all the sets

They have all information on their website: http://www.palsaik.my

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Interior of Palsaik @ Sutera (Upstairs)

Johor Bahru Sutera Address:

51, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia.

Tel: +6 07 556 3833

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