Saturday, 19 April 2014

Cafe Hopping in JB, Malaysia Part I: Roost Juice + Bar

Turning this space into a lifestyle etc blog seems to excite me quite a bit. Yesterday my friends and I headed across the causeway to our neighbour, Johor Bahru Malaysia for some Cafe hopping! One of my favourite things to do in Singapore, I thought I might as well venture across the border and see what Jb has to offer in the artisan/ hipster cafe department. I was definitely impressed. Here are some visuals...
I made sure I was well aware and prepared where exactly the locatioon of the cafe was. Because Jb, unlike Singapore, is much larger and not all places are of walk able distances. Upon researching on the cafes, I came a cross this very cute yet informative little guide on how to get to Jalan Dhoby where most of the cafes are located or nearby it's vicinity.

Followed the directions after exiting the exit to Jalan Wong Ah Fook at City Square.

Turn left here and.....
Do you see it?

You're at Jalan Dhoby! Its super easy to find your way around when you are there. Just walk up and down the street and you'll manage to spot Roost!

The entrance itself looks rustic with wood as its main design element. Such designs always seem to intrigue me! I came to Roost expecting to have a full and heavy meal but to my surprise they only offer coffee, salads yogurts and drinks on this side. 

Their menu is pretty mix and matchy.. You choose your choice of greens and 4 other salad ingredients. I got the mixed greens which consists of lettuce and other kind of veggies you'll find in a salad. I chose  boiled eggs, olives, shitake mushrooms & angel hair pasta with an additional topping of smoked duck breast and wasabi mayo dressing. I also got a medium iced mocha to try.

This is the menu for the other side of Roost. I believe they sell heavier meals there. I'm going back to try the food soon ^^
Once you order your food you can proceed upstairs where the dining area is.

Inspiration for those of you out there who want to be healthier eaters but find it boring.

There's two areas upstairs for you to dine. When you first walk up the flight of steep stairs, you'll see an open area where diners can enjoy their meal/coffee while they smoke. 

Once you walk pass a glass door you would notice an air conditioned area which was perfect because the sun wasn't being very nice to me while I was making my way to Roost under the hot sun :(

Really like the presentation of the salad, so neat and simple!

My fried got a similar salad and her's was a sesame dressing. The dressing was really fragrant and gave the whole salad a more "Asian" flavor.

Roost has a bookshelf full of books and magazines. So you don't have to worry about being bored at this cafe, you'll be sure to pick up a good read! I managed to pick out a street style magazine similar to Nylon magazine.

Roost serves their coffee with a side of sugar syrup so you can choose how sweet you want your coffee to be. I'm not really a fan of this concept because I just don't know how much syrup to pour into my drink haha! The whole time my iced mocha just tasted pretty bland to me.

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I noticed that many of the furniture in Roost are actually recycled items turned into usable furniture. Each piece of furniture looks unique and definitely quirky. Roost's furniture all seem to be individually different on their own but they come together to give this cafe a rustic feel and you will feel like you're in a cool "hipster" cafe. 

Besides the rustic, industrial and vintage decor, Roost plays really chill music which you can sip your coffe and go "ahhhhhh" while sitting on a chair made out of an old shopping cart.

The bill for the salad and the mocha. So affordable!

All in all, Roost is an interesting place to visit. I wouldn't reccomand anyone who's looking for a full on meal because the food they serve are pretty light. Roost would be perfect for a little more intimate date or just lounge, chill and talk over coffee. Not to mention prices are in RM so you're spending lesser!

Ps. Stay tune for more cafe hopping / review posts on JB cafes!

That's all for today's post!
 hope you enjoyed this post & let me know which cafes have you been loving?
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