Review: Cookies & Ginger (Johor Bahru)
The fasting month is always filled with iftar sessions between friends, families and loved ones. I have always hated having to wait / rush when breaking my fast so its either I have proper plans made for iftar or I'll break my fast in the comfort of my own home. I love going to Malaysia though. Not only is their bazaar a hundred times better than Singapore's, their restaurants aren't as packed as it is here too. If you're looking for a good place in Johor Bahru to have your iftar session at, here's one that you can check out.
107, Jln Adda 3/1, Taman Adda Heights, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Regular days, 4pm to 10pm daily, unless otherwise stated. Fasting month, restaurant starts operating at 6.30pm instead. It's best (and safest!) to double check with them either via Facebook or WhatsApp before coming.
How To Get There
The restaurant is located at Taman Adda Heights, along a stretch of shophouses and landed property. I wouldn't say its easily accessible via public if you're coming in from Singapore (because it will take you more than an hour and multiple bus transfers) but a short trip on Grab or Uber will only set you back by just a few dollars.
If you are travelling with your own vehicle coming in from CIQ / Woodlands, drive up using the EDL / AH2 all the way til you see exit 255C leading to Bandar Dato' Onn Utama. My brother remembers this route as the "new expressway" route. Hahaha. It will take you around twenty minutes to get there, that is, if you don't take a wrong turn.
Just like any other restaurant where you wait to be seated, browse through the menu and order through a waiter. Every single time Uncle (the owner) finds out that a customer is from Singapore, he will ask them how they knew about Cookies & Ginger. This restaurant has been around since October 2013 but there was never a huge hype hunt for Cookies & Ginger. Hence, not many Singaporeans came to dine here despite it's affordable price, satisfying food, plus fast and friendly service.
The restaurant has recently updated their menu online, you can find it here. I wouldn't say that the prices are cheap (Singaporeans only view it as cheap because of the advantage that we have in exchange rates) but it is fairly affordable and reasonable for the quantity and quality of the dishes.
WHAT WE ATE
My teammates and I got different dishes each, so that we could have more variety on the table and tried each others' main course. Not everyone is comfortable with sharing their dishes so if this isn't your cup of tea then don't do it - but if you do have close friends like these, get one dish each and you'll get to try everything on the menu for the price of just one dish!
Watermelon Juice - RM9.00
Hand-Shaken Pina Colada - RM10.10
Nachos El Grande with Beef Chili - RM15.80
Level 3 Crazy Hot Buffalo Wings - RM14.40
Original Beef Lasagna - RM22.30
Flame Grilled Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce - RM16.40
Spagetthi with Tom Yam Chicken & Prawn - RM12.80
Flame-Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chops - RM31.80
Pan-Fried Norwegian Salmon Fillet with Black Pepper Sauce - RM26.60
Cajon Dory & Lamb Shoulder - RM27.70
Only for the month of Ramadhan:
Restaurant operating hours will start from 6.30pm, instead of 4pm.
Reservations can be made at least one day in advance either through Facebook (Cookies & Ginger) or WhatsApp (Natasya +6010 5433 881).
You get to enjoy this entrée of Nasi Minyak that includes Ayam Masak Merah, Kurma Daging, Kari Masala Kambing, Acar Nenas, free flow of syrup drink and assorted Malay kuehs for just RM20 per adult, RM15 per child below 12 years old.
What We Liked:
Prompt yet friendly service.
Cosy interior with the high stools and bar concept that looks like a set of How I Met Your Mother.
Extremely satisfying food at such an affordable and reasonable price.
Flexible ordering options / customisable sauces for main courses.
The restaurant has both alfresco (smoking area) and indoor dining.
It has its own toilet for customers too.
What We Didn’t Like:
There were a few items (like the lasagne) that were selling out when we came. However, we found out later on that the restaurant only keeps a certain amount of meat in their freezer and do note keep them frozen for a long time - this is to ensure freshness / quality of their dishes.
Most of their marketing publicity is being done in Malay, so those who don't speak the language may face a struggle in keeping up with their online updates.
Things to take note,
Walk in and dine in only, no takeaway or reservations.
Cash terms only, no credit cards accepted as of now.
Alfresco dining is open to smoking at the table, so if you're particular about the smell of cigarettes then please dine indoors.
Would I Dine Here Again?
Most definitely. Thank you Uncle Fairus & the CG team for such a good dining experience!
This review was not written under any pressure or endorsement of any of the parties mentioned, and was written under my own initiative. All visuals were taken by Sany Poe and all opinions here are as always, my own, unless otherwise stated.