Review: Boat Noodle (Johor Bahru)

I have been crossing the border quite frequently lately, so much that I actually ran out places to suggest when it comes to lunch. I mean, I usually drive up to Johor after the sun goes down and it is extremely easy finding a new place for dinner or supper but when it comes to lunch... it's either home cooked or fast food dishes. Anyway, one of us then came up with the idea of trying something we've never tried before, so we drove straight up to Sutera Mall in hopes to give the well raved Boat Noodle a try.

Boat Noodle Sutera Mall
1 Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4,
Taman Sutera Utama
81300, Skudai, Johor Bahru

How to get there
Driving: Definitely my favourite form of transportation. Well, Sutera Mall is quite a short drive up from CIQ and it will take you about plus minus fifteen minutes to drive up, that is if you don't get lost along the way. Google map it using the postal code.

Taxi: My second favourite. It will cost you around RM25 if you take a taxi from the taxi counter outside CIQ. It might be a little pricey to some but even if you choose to go by public, they don't have any that will take you there directly, so in the end you'd still have to take a cab into the area where the mall is located which..... takes you back to square one actually.

When we entered Sutera Mall, we couldn't locate the store at first, but only because it was actually situated on the perimeters of the mall, somewhere along the same stretch as Baskin Robbins. The whole restaurant was quite tiny and there weren't that many seats for patrons, but thankfully, there was just enough for us that day. It's cosy, and it definitely had the rustic cafe vibes. This is totally stereotypical of me but I'm just gonna say it- if I didn't look out the window, it'd feel like we were at Haji Lane. 

The menu came on some kind of metal board and is pretty straight forward. Arwis ordered his favourite Pad Gra Prow (which is basically rice that comes with stir fried basil and beef) while Azza, Haiqal and I decided to simply follow the suggested guide for newbies. The choices for the noodles were very limited though, and by that I meant that there are only 4 types of noodle flavours to choose from. Either chicken or beef, and spicy or non-spicy for either types of meat. Yup. That's it.

After deciding what to get, you simply list them down on the order form that's provided on your table and then take it to the counter to place your order. You'll get to collect your drinks first, the famous Thai teas. Well that is definitely a must to order. 

We spent close to an hour in the store and after we're done.. I don't know. I mean, with the rave all over social media I would expect it to at least be something that I'd be craving for a week later but.. it was nothing impressive, honestly. It would be great for first time visitors but if you were to ask whether I'd revisit.. I would think twice. What with the distance from the main city area and the price.... But nonetheless, give it a try if you haven't!


This review was not written under any pressure, endorsement or sponsorship of any of the parties mentioned, and was written under my own initiative. All visuals and opinions here are as always, my own.