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Until more recently, Johor Bahru hasn’t been much of a wine and dine destination but that’s changing. Between local bistros opening and an influx of returning culinary and wine talent from internationally acclaimed restaurateurs popping up all over the city, JB has never been a more exciting place to grab a glass. Thanks to a tip-off from a secret expat agent – one of his personal favourite hangout when in need of chilled out vibes, a decent wine and something yummy to eat, we found ourselves coming face to face with a F&B stronghold famous for its gigantic portion of good food and variety of interesting seasonings and sauces.
店如其名！於2015年10月开张的Black Castle Bistro果真好有中世纪的古堡格调啊！先入眼帘的整体装饰风格以稳重典雅的餐桌椅与水晶吊灯为主，复古红砖墙上嵌着的铁窗里，各式来自世界各地的好酒犹如忠诚的兵士站岗，守护着前来钦点的访客们。由于位处角头商业单位，因此室内外的面积皆非常宽敞，前方墙上还有大型电视墙与驻唱舞台，想必此地非常适合边享用美食、美酒、边看球赛！「禀报大人，小的刚去打听了，这里逢周六晚间8至11点，会有Live Band噢！」👍
Travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and a tale of devotion, courage and love, and imagine the pageantry and excitement that would have been yours as a guest of the king centuries ago – that’s exactly what you will experience at Black Castle Bistro. With a couple of armours and swords setting the tone, it’s hard to believe that a bistro based on the medieval theme could attract so many hipsters but that’s exactly what you can expect at this Bukit Indah institution.
Black Castle also attracts music and sports fans with a large screen and promotions in connection with major sporting events, plus LIVE band gigs every Saturday from 8-11pm.
Both the indoor (in particular the L-shaped bar counter) and alfresco areas provide a casual setting to split that bottle of wine or draught beer tower. Black Castle usually gets pretty packed at night, so we advice making a reservation in advance lest you have to leave this “fortress” high and dry.
各式红酒与烈酒 Wine and spirits
看着这一樽樽好酒，大人突然想吟诗啊…「且乐杯中物，谁论世上名。」可见从古至今，有美酒相伴胜于一切啊！看来大人得请这里的经理 Michael 介绍几瓶好酒来搭配待会儿要点的美食啦！「除了柜上的美酒佳酿外，看官们也可以选择带自己的酒来开，每瓶需缴费用为RM70。」
As the saying goes, we will never, ever, turn down a good vino, there’s always time for a glass of glorious wine. It also helps that moderate consumption of the alcoholic grape juice is good for our health, so go on, take your pick from their curated wine list of both affordable and expensive vino labels from all over the world. Look out for their happy hour specials, or pay a small corkage fee (RM70) to enjoy your bottle in-house. Indeed, a great spot for lunch or post work drinks with Michael (F&B Manager) in the house.
德国慕尼黑啤酒节 (Oktoberfest)，当地人也称十月节，巴伐利亚方言则称 Wiesn，是草坪的意思。举世闻名的啤酒节正确的举办时间其实是在每年九月份的最后两周，带有迎接十月的含义。九月下旬将至，大人已开始幻想德国慕尼黑著名酿酒 Paulaner 在 Black Castle 所掀起的狂欢派对气氛啦 🍻 错过Oktoberfest? 别担心啊！这儿平日也有为时颇长的 Happy Hour 啊！
Oktoberfest (or Wiesn in Bavarian language) is a German Volksfest (beer festival and traveling funfair) that has been around since 1810, and the popularity of this boozy event running from late September to the first weekend in October has grown so tremendously that even non-German cities all over the world celebrate it on an annual basis. Needless to say, JB too celebrates this joyous occasion! What better way to unwind with our friends or loved ones over Paulaner – one of the oldest breweries dating back to 1634. Served fresh and unfiltered directly through the bar taps, this traditional Bavarian treat is a crowd favourite at any Oktoberfest event or happy hours here in Black Castle!
For those of you who enjoy a mid afternoon tipple, their happy hour starts from the moment it opens and doesn’t end until 8pm. With drinks so cheap it’s worth getting here early, we are not sure you really need any further excuse to knock off work early LOL…
招牌猪肋排 Pork Rib
哇！这招牌猪肋排 Pork Rib (特制烧烤酱BBQ Sauce, RM75/500g, RM135/1kg；Guiness Sauce, RM85/500g, RM155/1kg) 份量好大，而且大人点的这一份是500g的呀…摆盘既精致又吸睛！话不多说，让大人先尝尝滋味如何吧！「将肉送进口中后，舌尖轻轻一触，好软好软！不必咀嚼很久肉丝就自行化开啊！」烤至微脆的表皮有着迷迭香与特制烧烤酱的滋味，刀具一下骨肉轻松分离，烧烤酱的微酸称职地为猪肋排提味！若想同时尝试多种美食，大人真心建议与友共享此道巨型猪肋排呀！
Imported from Australia and oven slow cooked for hours for a luscious texture, this generously meaty Pork Ribs are lightly glazed with a tangy, rosemary-infused homemade BBQ sauce then chargrilled to the right doneness till smoking hot, ensuring that it arrives to the table with a lovely crackle. Every bite of the tender and fatty flesh was made even more succulent with the woody aromas of hickory wood. Surprisingly, little jaw work is required as the meat slides off the bone to leave a heaping pile of perfectly pink shreds on our plate. if your appetite is ambitious enough, go after the same dish in Guiness Sauce for extra kick.
纽西兰羊骨架 Lamb Rack
无羊肉不欢的看官们，这以各式香料腌制焗烤的纽西兰羊骨架 Lamb Rack (RM99) 切开后可见其熟成度控制得恰好，肉质软嫩、肉汁呈粉红彩度，「特制的薄荷酱汁有提味解腻的效果，厨师将羊肉处理得极好，毫无羊膻味，蘸上随附的黑胡椒汁后滋味更浓郁。」
Lamb dishes has been climbing up our popularity ladder, as most of us usually wouldn’t have tried lamb for the strong and overwhelming taste that it carries, and thankfully this Lamb Rack continues to change our perspectives. For us personally, the sign of a great lamb rack is when the meat is well portioned and tender enough that it falls off the bone, and that is what we got today. The peppermint-infused sauce is tasty and yet not too overpowering, allowing the lamb to be the ‘hero’ of the dish, so compliments to the chef!
香辣童子鸡 Spicy Roast Chicken
Black Castle 的美食份量一上桌就让大人好满足！看看这香辣童子鸡 Spicy Roast Chicken (RM46) 盘中的留白位置简直所剩无几，「这皮烤得真好吃啊！可见独家香料腌制得当，噢还能吃到鲍鱼菇啊！」随附的酱料滋味独特，汁饱肉嫩，视觉与味觉兼具，大人实在无法无视它的存在啊！
Oven-roasted to perfection, this British classics (Spicy Roast Chicken) is crispy on the outside but very juicy and tender on the inside. A lengthy cooking process allows the flavour to seep into the cooked poultry, so we got intense flavour and succulence with every bite. If it’s a spicy hit you’re after, opt for the Asian-inspired spicy sauce which is bound to kick some serious butts.
招牌菌菇意大利面 Spaghetti Ala Tartufata
Black Castle 的招牌菌菇意大利面 Spaghetti Ala Tartufata (RM37) 不知怎的一送入口中就让大人忆起了童年最爱的Twisty紫色包装零食口味 😀 「有点松露油Aglio Olio的滋味，微咸、辣、酸，油量够，非常开胃，而且里头的菌菇种类好多，有进口自意大利等牛肝菌菇、神农白雪菇、香菇和鲍鱼菇等。强力推荐给喜欢菌菇类的看官们噢！」
Another signature dish at Black Castle, the Spaghetti Ala Tartufata features a lavish combination of aglio olio spaghetti filled with shitake, white and brown crab, porcini, abalone and chanterelle mushrooms, drizzled with aromatic truffle oil and wait… a subtle hint of childhood – the unmistakable taste of Twisty snacks that left us smacking our lips in glee!
看官们，Black Castle 的餐谱里头还蕴藏了大量美食啊 (种类多不胜数)！猪脚、自制澳洲肉饼、熏鸭肉、牛扒、披萨、鲜鱼意大利面等都是大人下一轮的口袋名单，难怪许多久居本地的欧亚外籍人士都爱到这里用餐，现场所见每一桌都点了不同的好料，而且这里也有为公司机构／会议、生日派对等承办自助午餐，记得亲临到店查询或电洽。看来大人这下子可以向朋友们邀功啦！
Granted, we were so stuffed by the time we are done with the pasta, and we are seriously not done with their full menu yet. Pork knuckle, smoked duck, Black Angus tenderloin, pizza, baked pasta, burger and paella, it’s no wonder many expats and residents living around Bukit Indah and Horizon Hills are calling Black Castle their second home.
If you’re looking for watering holes where you can relieve stress, have fun, and chill with friends, look no further than this bistro that serves wonderful British, Spanish and Italian fusion food. Cafe by day and cool bar by night, we have found that this bistro can turn into a bit of a drinker’s black hole – you’ll end up never leaving!
Black Castle Bistro @ Bukit Indah
No 2, Jalan Indah 15/1, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Sun – Thurs : 12pm – 12am (11pm last order)
Fri – Sat : 12pm – 12.30am (11.30pm last order)
Tel: +607 – 231 7456