[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 刘大人]
If you live in the West, you would know very well the relative lack of cafes in the area. In recent months, we’ve found ourselves travelling more and more to Iskandar Puteri (read: Puteri Harbour, Hello Kitty, Legoland, Forest City and Sunway Iskandar) due to various events as well as the burgeoning F&B scene. Sometimes, it’s just nice to get away from Johor Bahru for a change. Ever since we started sharing our journeys to the west, we began to notice many around us have followed suit.
「大人你就别往自己脸上贴金了，这可是店家自己的魅力啊！」位于 Sunway Citrine 二楼的 Awesome Brew 转眼一晃就要在来临的元旦庆祝一周岁了，三百多个日子以来的好评并不一定显示在社交媒体上，更明确的说法是：最常出现在他们家的人客们就是低调默默支持的各国忠心老饕，总是不吝以最实际的觅食行动取代键盘上的虚幻赞数。
Much as we like to claim credit for this migratory pattern among foodies flocking to the west, we knew all these wouldn’t have been possible without the growing number of undiscovered hidden gems out there in the wilderness. In Sunway Citrine alone, the past twelve months have seen the proliferation of notable retail powerhouses such as 7-Eleven, Jaya Grocer, Starbucks, Mr D.I.Y, with the likes of boutique eateries such as AlleyLab, VOiD and Awesome Brew adding to the already thriving coffee and food scene. We actually had a sneak preview before its grand opening early this year.
A humble and unpretentious cafe located on the first floor of Sunway Citrine Hub, that is how Andrew and his partners do it. With three trained baristas and a chef helming the kitchen and quietly making their presence felt, we have no doubt Awesome Brew will soon be the talk of (that part) of the town, given their glowing reviews on social media.
As coffee lovers, we can’t help but fall in love with this tranquil, well-thought-out “glass house” space to soak into that fragrant, freshly roasted cuppa joe and book-reading atmosphere. With tables overlooking lush greenery and a 20-acre emerald lake, this is perfect for spending a little quiet time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or just to enjoy nature and bird watching while sipping on our coffee. Pair it with some delicious, wholesome food and snacks, and ta-da, our day is made. From the look of their menu, almost every dish at Awesome Brew is by default, a signature.
朴实不花俏的摆盘妆容中，竟还能让这黄油炒蛋有股「国色天香」之姿，大人垂涎之余当然得先留影才能让看官们信服啊！Breakfast (Chicken Ham, Chicken Sausage, Scrambled Egg, Button Mushroom, Tomato, Mashed Potato, Rocket & Wholemeal Bread, RM28) 那毫不留白的盘中央，春夏色彩堆叠而成的食山到处皆是宝，「这份量好实在，相传这乃是此处人客们的首选，如今眼见为实，绝非大人所能虚构啊！」
The Breakfast here is a must try! Two slices of delectable wholemeal toasts served with a generous amount of sautéed button mushroom, mashed potato, fresh tomato, rocket and quality chicken ham and sausage. The scrambled egg is so silky smooth, you could slurp it right up. Trust us, you might wanna share this with someone because it’s just so fulfilling to take this on alone.
Avocado on toast
「吼！难道这就是传闻中的当家花旦！」瞧那蛋液瀑布滑落在盈盈鳄梨绿意中，这道 Avocado on Toast (Wholemeal Bread Topped with Diced Avocado, Balsamic Sauce, Poached Eggs, Pomegranate, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomato, Rocket & Nuts, RM28) 一出道便深受旅居本地的外籍食客青睐，健康饱足兼具，轻而易举成为众人每日必点的朝圣之选。
【大人好贴心】若看官们非鳄梨忠粉，亦可点选 Scrambled Egg on Toast (RM26) 抑或是 Mushroom on Toast (RM22)，额外另点食材如 Avocado/Smoked salmon/Scrambled Egg/Sautéed Button Mushroom，仅需添付 RM8 即可。
Fancy something creamier and rich? Nothing beats a good ol’ Avocado on Toast, and the wholemeal bread topped with diced avocado with balsamic sauce, pomegranate, cherry tomato, rocket and nuts does just that. It was one of the better avocado toasts that we’ve ever tasted, and we loved how the savoury feta cheese complemented the poached eggs and avocado. When consumed immediately upon serving, we can definitely taste the quality of these fresh ingredients.
PS: If you are not a fan of this creamy fruit that’s both healthy and delicious, you can opt for the tried and tested Scrambled Egg on Toast or Mushroom on Toast. Feel free to also request for extra avocado, smoked salmon, scrambled egg or sautéed button mushroom for an additional RM8.
Korean Fried Chicken
「大人身为韩式炸鸡与白米饭的忠粉，瞧见餐谱里有如此完美的组合与我四目交投，当然得钦点啊！」总是纠结於「无饭不饱，无肉不欢」的人客们，Awesome Brew 里这道辣劲就连在地韩籍食客也认可的 Korean Fried Chicken (RM18)，搭起白饭当真两全其美呢！
We can never say no to KFC (not your US but the Korean version), especially when pair with our all-time favourite staple – good ol’ white rice. The Korean Fried Chicken is pretty tender as all the chicken is only fried upon order, which takes a while to get to our table but well worth the quality.
NEW! Korean Fried Chicken Burger & Japanese Curry with Chicken Katsu
「Awesome Brew 其实就是一家很人性化的社区咖啡食馆，在这里要觅得自己喜欢的食物，真的不是一件难事。」这回大人上门用餐的时间点居然误打误撞碰着了他们家更新菜色的好时机！两道新推出的主食 Korean Fried Chicken Burger (RM28) & Japanese Curry with Chicken Katsu (RM22) 完全为了忠实的人客们订制出场，好贴心！有多合咱们的口味？「在一行六人的抢食下，片甲不留！」
We were in luck as Awesome Brew has just introduced two new dishes on the back of popular demand. The very same juicy and tender chicken is now presented in the form of Korean Fried Chicken Burger, while the Japanese Curry comes with Chicken Katsu that takes up more than half the plate, along with a generous amount of thick and aromatic curry to drench the rice in. We liked that the homemade curry comes with a tinge of sweetness yet flavoured with some Japanese spices. Overall, both new dishes are equally mashitseoyo and oishii ne!
Nutella Banana Pancake & Churros with Nutella Sauce
这该如何是好，面对 Nutella Banana Pancake (RM22) 与 Churros with Nutella Sauce (RM18) 的夹杀，「大人只好以身相许，乖乖就范。」贯彻执行不花俏的摆盘作风，这两道甜食模样单纯，个性甜美，让人打从心里欢喜。
If you still have space for dessert, we recommend going for the Nutella Banana Pancake and Churros with Nutella Sauce. Both desserts are so full of hazelnut chocolate goodness that we could not resist ordering both dishes which are dipping-licious!
大人还记得早前绕着 Sunway Citrine Hub 商场里打量着里头标记着「让人好想进去尝尝」的餐厅，心里老想着该多来几趟微服出巡才行啊，「不虚此行，这回口袋名单又多了一家！」那么大人应该马上办一张常客必备的 Awesome Brew 迷你尺寸会员卡才是啊！下回用餐即可享有10%的折扣优惠！「大人还拿到了他们家限量出版的2019年精美月历啊 ❤️！Awesome!」
Getting a sip or bite when we’re over at Sunway Citrine Hub has gone past being highly recommended. For the many residents and regulars of Awesome Brew, it has become a necessity. The free elegant mini Membership Card and limited edition 2019 Calendar also offer extra incentives to make the reasonable half-hour-maybe-less drive away from JB via the Coastal Highway!
1-19, First Floor, Citrine Hub, Persiaran Medini 3,
Sunway Iskandar, 79250 Iskandar Puteri, Johor
Daily from 9.00am – 10.00pm