Sunday, April 6, 2008

IT ROO Cafe @ Kotaraya, JB

An impromptu lunch date on the last day of 2007 with my dearest brother who started working in Johor Bahru (JB) on 22nd November.

I hadn't been seeing my brother for quite some time for now. Our timing are so different. I once mentioned that we always take turn to go home. Hah.

Dear brother picked me up at city square. I was famished while waiting for his arrival. He promised to bring me to the best Chicken Chop served in JB voted by The Star. We parked at the side of the road (mind you, is yellow line) after making two rounds at the place looking for a parking.

Located at Jalan Dhoby. I started to wonder was there a lot of Dhoby shops here last time.

The humble looking shop didn't appear to be any award-winning cafe. A narrow & small shop. Simple chairs and tables. Nothing fanciful. Nothing extra. Very simple deco with old pics and old posters hanging on the wall. Just a very plain shop operated by 3 Malay lady. Did i mention that its kitchen is very small too?

But the dining crowd at almost 3pm justified its popularity.

A simple menu was presented to us upon our arrival. The Award-winning chicken chop was the first item on the menu. The menu is quite extensive (consider the shop is really quite small) ranging from Western dishes, Chinese dishes, Varity of Noodles, Soups and Sandwiches, drinks & dessert. For fried rice, you can opt for spicy and non-spicy. They offer fresh juices, local kopi, tea etc, "westernised" coffee like coffeecino and canned drinks for their drinks menu. They also have ice-cream for dessert. The price is pretty cheap, but of course it's higher than dining at a roadside coffee shop.


IT ROO Fried Rice spicy style @ RM 5.50 & Watermelon Juice @ RM 3.00


Grilled Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce topped with fried egg (extra cost) @ RM 11.50

The fried rice is just a plate of very normal fried rice. Not spicy enough to give the kick. My brother even ate with chilli sauce. The famous chicken chop didn't earn my praise. Nothing to shout about. Or maybe it's just me. Maybe i'm not cut for chicken chop. Or maybe i didn't choose the fried chicken chop which is the original version. But overall, it was not that bad. It tasted alright. It was just me wondering what made it to be voted as the Best Chicken Chop by The Star in 2003. Or was it then in 2003 was its glorious moment and it went downhill? The chicken chop was served with green beans and slices of fried potatoes. The fried potatoes was nice. The green beans tasted like canned beans.

The watermelon juice is a little bit too sweet. But it complemented the fried rice and chicken chop well.

Overall, the ambience is pretty good. A nice place to have a meal with your friends and family.

IT Roo Cafe
17, Jalan Dhoby,
Johor Bahru, Johor.


Kok said...

This is the first time I see a fried egg with chicken chop. And, the portion is quite pathetic for a price of RM11.50

JOjo said...

Kok: Haha, actually fried egg was ordered separately "Kak, tambah telur goreng" by my brother. RM11.50, is a little to the expensive side but living in JB can be quite high.

ai wei said...

heading down to south for food?! how nice! i havent been to JB b4 >_<

ur final coming too?! good luck n allt he best to u! ^^

squall said...

look intresting...

Nic (KHKL) said...

is it near city square?? will check it out if it's convenient...usually, i go across the causeway just for kfc cos they serve larger portions..hehe...

ling239 said...

prices seem reasonable.... ^_^

JeromeFo- 杰龙 said...

Wow. Fly down to JB pulak!
Will be my turn when i come back!

Xiu Long Bao said...

Heard dat u r having exam soon. tambah minyak ya! Uncle N is also havin exam at the same time...kakaka...seems dat im the most wuliao person now. we go makan-makan after u finis ur exam k?

JOjo said...

Ai Wei: Haha,not heading down south, i am a Southern M'sian ma...hehe =p

Squall: Haha, u mean the egg with the chicken chop? *bleah*

nic: Yaya, very near city square if u consider kota raya near city square =) walking direction wise,i'm not too sure. But it's very near.

Ling239: Price is quite ok.Furthermore it was gor gor's treat. Yippee~

jerome: When u coming back M'sia? Let's go food hunt if u r down south!

XLB: *hugz* Thanks girl~ Yea~ Looking forward for makan-makan session after exam.WooHoo~

FooDcrazEE said...

nice deco . . .simple but food a lil pricey . . .but for JB . .think its like that

Sugar Bean said...

Yeah, the ambience is good. I thought the chicken chop would taste really good, coz it looks really delicious. But I think it's still worth to give it a try! Too bad we're in KL. Haha!

JOjo said...

Foodcrazee: Ya, cost of living is very high in JB. Partially thanks to Singapore,haa...

Sugarbean: The chicken chop ok-la. I am a fish person ma...So tastewise is subjective,heez.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wah..anything with fried egg i like! haha although imagine it with a runny yolk..even better!

jason said...

Looks like can replicate that at home easily :D

JOjo said...

Joe: *high five* i love runny yolk toO~

Jason: I'm not too sure for the chicken chop thing. But for the rice, yes!

venus said...

Jojo, I never realised u got such a nice blog which is all about FOOD!!!
Late midnight, u make me so hungry and craving for xiao long bao!!!
Btw,I never visted this chicken chop shop even though I always passed by.
I usually go to a bistro called "ROOST",which is just located a few doors away from this chicken chop place.
the deco and ambience are much better.
U can try there next time =)

daphne said...

it looks like a nice family place though.

tigerfish said...

Is the spicy fried rice like Nasi Goreng? Hhee heee...but the fried egg in the Nasi Goreng has gone on top the chicken chop!

I feel so hungry now!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

JOjo said...

Venus: Oops...Din mean to make u crave for XLB during exam period though =p U ask ur Quan Quan to bring some for u,hehe. Roost? Ok,will ask my bro to bring me next time =)

Daphne: Yaya, quite simple yet cosy.

Tigerfish: yup, spicy nasi goreng but quite nice. Haha, the egg was served on my chicken chop cos my bro ordered it after i ordered mine. *lol* So kak ingat telur itu saya punya...

Cokeworld Citizen said...

well next time you could take note of the word 'Oriental' when ordering chicken chop. Different place serves different chicken chop in term of taste lah. :)

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