When it comes to café hopping in Johor Bahru, most Singaporeans find themselves guilty of only exploring hipster street Jalan Dhoby. But there are actually several more exciting cafes in this Malaysian city waiting to be discovered – so long as you are willing to venture further out.
Specialty coffee shop and patisserie Vanilla Bean is a pretty new face in Johor Bahru’s luxurious integrated marina, Senibong Cove. The cosy third-wave café has a menu that includes Asian-inspired waffles, espresso beverages, artisanal cakes and a splendid selection of all-day brunch items.
Singapore National Barista Championship 2013’s second runner-up lovingly handcrafts Vanilla Bean’s coffees (from RM6/ S$2) and each fragrant cuppa is no less than gratifying.
Health junkies have to give Vanilla Bean’s bottled cold pressed juices a shot. We absolutely love the Dragon Quencher (RM13/ S$4.40), which is essentially a refreshing concoction of dragon fruit, green apple and pineapple.
Vanilla Bean is the very first café in Johor Bahru to sell Salted Egg Yolk Charcoal Waffle (RM17/ SGD5.80) and Teh Tarik Waffle (RM17/ S$5.80). The former is a wonderfully crisp charcoal waffle served with vanilla gelato and salted egg yolk sauce on the side, while the latter is topped with milk tea gelato, homemade Teh Tahrik sauce and milk.
But what had stolen our hearts was the divine Ole Ole Waffle (RM17/ S$5.80) – an ondeh ondeh style waffle topped with gula melaka sauce, ice-cream and pandan ganache. It is every bit Asian as we had hoped for it to be.
Sweet stuff aside, patrons can also help themselves to savoury delights such as Panini Grill (RM14/ S$4.80) and The Big Breakfast (RM19/ S$6.50).
My Vanilla Bean
G-08, Block B
Pangsapuri Pinggiran Air
No 2, Persiaran Senibong
81750 Masai, Johor
Tel: 016 7239238
Tue to Fri: 9am – 11pm
Sat: 9am – 12am
Sun: 9am – 8pm