7 Halal JB Eateries You Can’t Miss In 2019


Aishah •  Mar 19, 2019

If you're looking for more reasons to come back (or finally come!) to JB, then we have good news for you. JB's food scene is thriving now more than ever with cafes, eateries and food joints popping out left and right and from the looks of it, it shows no sign of stopping. So, food lovers, you know what that means. Food trip incoming!


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So keep on scrolling for more new exciting food discoveries for both first-time visitors and frequent travellers to JB.

1. Bloom by Mokmok

First on the list is perhaps no stranger to cafe aficionados based in JB. Bloom by Mokmok is the new hippest cafe in town that has charmed its way into the hearts of its many loyal patrons since its opening back in May 2018.

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Upon stepping in, the first thing that will grab your attention is their striking, one-of-a-kind decor. Dried flowers bloom overhead from the ceiling, making it feels as if you're stepping into an inverted whimsical garden. Coupled with their pinkish neon sign that glows softly in the dimly lit space, this cafe has just the perfect ambience for some chill and catch-up session with your BFFs.

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Serving up fusion food, their menu comes in rice bowls, ramen, burgers and a variety of desserts. Popular picks are their signature Kaarage Chicken Bowl of crispy fried chicken and an onsen egg drizzled with aioli sauce served over a bowl of rice, the flavourful pan-seared Salmon Ramen and the finger-licking Grilled Chicken Burger.

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As for desserts, a must-try include their soft and fluffy cream cheese Soufflé Pancake and their heavenly out-of-this-world Egglets! End your meal with their signature artisan tea of A Bloom for You, an exotic tea concoction of Sakura, jasmine and earl grey for a complete blooming dining experience!

#HHWT Tip: Do note that you can't make a reservation as the seats are limited as it is. To avoid disappointment, we recommend coming in early or be prepared to wait for a short while.

Halal status: All ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, the eatery is pork-free. We advise that you dine at your own discretion.

Address: 87, Jalan Mutiara Emas 2a, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

Operating hours: Mon-Sun, 12PM-11:30PM

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2. 93 Bangkok Coffee

The retail concept park of Eco Spring Labs is just flourishing with attractions of all sorts since its opening back in early 2018 and one of those attractions is the many fancy cafes and eateries that are just waiting to be discovered and devoured!

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Fans of Thai coffee and Thai desserts? Then you're in for a treat! 93 Bangkok Coffee is a cafe-cum-dessert space offering a plethora of delectable Thai goodies. With a staggering selection of caffeinated drinks that is out of the ordinary, coffee lovers will have a hard time leaving this place. Not only that, but you can also purchase their coffee beans, hailing all the way from Thailand's coffee paradise, Chiang Rai!

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Don't leave without a bite (or more!) of their many Thai-inspired desserts be it the crowd's favourite mango sticky rice, the funky army waffle, or the smile-inducing cakes of all sorts! And while you're at it, take this chance to colour your Instagram feed with a picture their eye-catching blue and white stripes exterior.

Halal status: All meats and ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, the eatery is pork-free. We advise that you dine at your own discretion.

Address: Lot A, Spring Labs, Jalan Ekoflora 1, Taman Ekoflora, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

Operating hours: Tue-Thu, 1PM-10PM, Fri-Sun, 12PM-10PM (Closed on Mon)

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3. Tropique Cafe & Restaurant

Looking for a place to dine as you explore Spring Labs? Then head on over to the chic Tropique Cafe and Restaurant! From the same people behind the popular cafes of The Replacement Lodge and Kitchen, Faculty of Caffeine and Shakespeare Milkshakes, you know it's going to be equally good (if not better!) like the others.

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Spacious and sleek, you'll fall in love with the cosy vibes of their light-filled space. Their menu is exclusively French-inspired with top picks include their sumptuous Cassoulet Duck Confit, the delish Croque Madame and the drool-worthy Shepherd's Pie Deconstructed.

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Enjoy a relaxing weekend afternoon with your loved ones with their afternoon tea set! Their three-tier High Tea Platter comes with an assortment of savoury bites, sweet desserts and a pot of speciality tea of your choice. Good food, lovely ambience, pleasant company, what more can one ask for?

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Halal status: All meats and ingredients are sourced from halal certified suppliers, but do note that alcoholic beverages are served on the premises but no alcohol is used in the cooking of meals. We advise that you dine at your own discretion.

Address: Lot D, Jalan Ekoflora 1, Taman Ekoflora, 81300, Johor Bahru

Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 11AM-10PM, Sat-Sun, 10AM-11PM

Contact: +6012 547 7886

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The soft and fluffy Japanese pancake trend is definitely one we can get behind, and 7DISH's signature Souffle Pancake is the perfect all-day pick-me-up!

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This cafe also serves classic brunch meals such as customizable Eggs Benedict and Avocado Toast for those who aren't big pancake fans. If you're craving something heartier, you can even customize your breakfast platter and fill it with anything from Smoked Salmon to Chicken Chorizo Sausage.

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For those who want something heartier, don't worry! 7DISH serves up a Spicy Korean Burger as well as a Grilled Chicken Whole Leg and many other savoury entrees. And to end your meal, make sure to tuck into a waffle - the Fruit Salad Waffle sounds absolutely amazing!

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Halal status: All meat and ingredients sourced from halal certified suppliers, the eatery is also no pork and no lard. We advise that you dine at your own discretion.

Address: L-550, Sutera Mall, Skudai 81300, Johor Bahru

Operating hours: 9AM-10PM daily

Contact: +60 7-522 4575

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5. August Cafe

Tucked away along the old streets of JB amongst the old-school shop houses is August Cafe, a casual hangout place that has gain much loved and attention for its gorgeous rustic-meets-modern interior.

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Bring your camera along as not only the place is filled with Insta-worthy's corners everywhere you turn, the food is also always Insta-ready and delicious to boot! Adventurous eaters will have a fun time trying out their local-inspired innovative drinks and meals such as Ondeh Ondeh Coffee, Sweet Potato Latte, Beef Lemak Cili Padi Pasta and Teh Tarik Cake.

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Not a fan of trying out something new? Then fret not for they also offer standard meals such as Butter Chicken with Rice, Aglio Alio Salmon Pasta and Steak Sandwich - all of which are scrumptiously delicious!

Halal status: Muslim-owned, all meats and ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Address: 36, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Operating hours: Sat-Thu, 10:30AM-6PM (Closed on Fri)

Contact: +6016 727 9944

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6. Grumpy Goat & Friends

Grumpy Goat & Friends isn't just your regular coffee house, but a speciality coffee house. Their lattes come with delicately drawn coffee art, and they even sell their signature cold brew in bottled form for you to bring back home.

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Their menu is rotating, but some of their previous dishes have included Frenched Lamb Cutlet, Vongole (Clam) Pasta, and Japanese Curry Rice! We're looking forward to seeing what else they deliver soon.

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We're hoping their limited-time Homemade Belgium Chocolate Tart makes a reappearance someday too!

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Halal status: Halal meat provided, no pork and no lard. There is no alcohol or beer served here. We advise that you dine at your own discretion.

Address: 6C, C1-02, Jalan Suria, Bandar Seri Alam, 81750 Masai, Johor Bahru

Operating hours: 11:30AM-10PM daily

Contact: +60 17-891 1366

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7. JOJO Ice-cream

Sweet toothers, rejoice for there's a new dessert parlour in town! Housed in an aesthetically pleasing shop lot decked out in soft baby blue furnishing against white walls, a trip to JOJO Ice-cream is a perfect end to your food adventure here in JB.

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Their ice creams are homemade with much care and attention was given to the ingredients they use so expect high-quality goodness! Churning out various enticing flavours such as Milk Butterscotch, Macadamia Choc Chip, Blueberry Yogurt and Lemon Yuzu, their ice creams can also be ordered with Belgian waffles and sandwiches for truly indulgent dessert time.

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So head on over, sit back and relax as you sink your teeth into their delightfully cold treats. And while you're at it, give their parfaits a try as well. We heard they're divine.

Halal status: Pork-free and the cafe does not use gelatine or alcohol in their products. We advise that you dine at your own discretion.

Address: 9, Jalan Indah 16/12, Taman Bukit Indah, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor

Operating hours: Tue-Thu, 12PM-9PM, Fri-Sun, 12PM-10PM (Closed on Mon)


Food is always a good reason to travel and now with this list, you have no more excuse to not go to JB, again! So pack your bag, get your wallet ready and have a wonderful time savouring the many new offerings we've listed out here. Happy eating!