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在新山能将概念餐厅给发挥得淋漓尽致的店家，其实并不多见，而 Car Born Cafe 就是其一，在旧址经营了近两年后，於今年9月13日举店搬迁至位于士姑来的人气商业热点－皇后广场旁的新商圈。打着首家以环绕汽车为鲜明主题旗号的店家在网络屡以创意点子出击，如今在更宽敞的室内空间当然也少不了一切与爱车一族有关联的事物：复古小跑车、汽车原型壁画、工具箱、驾驶盘门把、加油站、油桶椅、金黄引擎、方向指示牌等，坚决在此实行我“行”我“速”！
It cannot be denied that we locals (and Singaporeans) are always on the lookout for new themed restaurants and instagrammable whereabouts in Johor Bahru, and our team at MAGistrate™ have braved the traffic and literally take you foodies and explorers on numerous “find-dining” itineraries throughout the city that are worth braving the traffic for. Car’s the game, and Car Born Cafe is the name as we took our parking lot along Jalan Pendekar 13, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA).
First opened in late 2014 at Danga Utama before shifting to the thriving and recently renamed Tasek Central on 13 September 2016, Car Born Cafe has been satisfying the cravings of car enthusiasts and off-road customers for nearly two years now. Even though the decor here is centred around cars, don’t expect to walk into a mechanic’s workshop. Toolboxes are used to hold cutlery, and there’s even a tiffany blue convertible we can hop into for that all important wefie!
不必大人多说看官们也能猜到所列举的照片皆是店里最受欢迎的打卡角落哟！待餐时不妨拿起手机找寻自拍热点，开篷Tiffany蓝的Mini可不是几可乱真的模型啊！快打开门一起上车来张 Wefie 吧 ✌️ ！「禀报大人，出发前记得添满油箱啊！」
We were made to feel really welcome, as diners and drivers alike glide gracefully into this gallery of automobile-inspired charm and marvel at the repurposed engines sitting idly as centrepieces in a glass table encasement amid graffitied gas guzzlers. It didn’t take us long to find our seats as we get set to turn the key and warm up our gastronomic engine… Vrrrooommm!
超萌3D立体拉花饮料 Specialty of 3D
「转圈！撒花！谁愿意为了这可爱的饮料天天报到？」太惟妙惟肖了吧！来到 Car Born Cafe，有谁能抵挡得了这几杯超萌的3D立体拉花饮料 (Specialty of 3D, RM16.90)？大人现场询问店家是否能客制化心仪的图案或动漫人物，得到的答案就是：Car Born Cafe 皆能迎客所求，为大家客制化成一杯杯萌爆得让人舍不得一口喝下的冷热饮！ (除黑咖啡外，店内所有摩卡、拿铁、卡布奇诺、巧克力、牛奶等皆能客制各式立体拉花)
A quick highlight at Car Born Cafe is their baristas’ ability to create 3D latte art better known as their Specialty of 3D, where we get to choose a cartoon character for our hot or cold latte, mocha or chocolate. The best part? Almost anything they can see, the baristas can make it, except in this case, good things do not come to those who hustle. Be prepared to wait for your custom 3D latte art, and your patience will be rewarded.
冲天冰淇淋塔 Sky Tower Soft Serve
大人刚翻阅餐谱时，眼珠子早已被这外型超澎湃的冲天冰淇淋塔 (Sky Tower Soft Serve, RM20.90/双层, RM28/四层) 所吸引！这四层高的超大冰淇淋塔果真层层梦幻，但可别以为你眼前所见的色彩就是你想象中的口味，色彩与味觉这回决定来个大冲击！「大人原先以为Tiffany蓝是薄荷呢！送入口中才发现竟是甜滋滋的烤蜜！嫩粉红的口味则为带着清香的玫瑰牛奶，而非草莓！唯一猜对的口味就是微苦的巧克力啦！采用天然颜料制成的 Soft Serve 有着既清凉又顺滑的香甜口感 (尚有芒果口味，但今日已售罄) ，配上华夫饼与巧克力冰淇淋饼筒，怎么看都超有佳节派对气氛啊！🎉」每一次的聚会总觉得朋友太多、甜点太少？那点这道冰淇淋塔准没错！标准的一人一口感情不散！
If your sweet tooth is aching for more, this decadent tower of sweetness will take you to cloud nine. The Sky Tower Soft Serve dish up to four different and exciting soft serve flavours that more than meet the eyes, and wafer-thin waffle biscuits to go with it. Our lickers were in for a surprise when the widely presumed “Tiffany” blue ice-cream turns out to be roasted Honeycomb flavoured, while the strawberry is not what it seems with its rose-tinted essence tricking all our senses. Fortunately, we got the chocolate right, but unfortunately, our favourite mango is nowhere to be seen (sobs) but still, they are so generous with the soft serve made from fresh dairy produce that the entire creation seems like it will be toppling.
新品上市 – Pokémon go 猪肉系列汉堡 PokeBurg
刚於11月可爱上市的 Pokémon go 猪肉系列汉堡 (PokeBurg) 可是近期吸引了好多人打卡的网红汉堡啊！店家自制的神奇宝贝造型汉堡加上以秘方捏制的肉饼馅，还有那引人垂涎的香融芝士！「皮卡丘！杰尼龟！小火龙！不晓得大人将你们都给摆入腹中之后功力会神奇大增吗？」
- 皮卡丘 (Pikachu, RM26.90) – 本系列最巨大的汉堡当属这黄色的皮卡丘了！以双层花生猪肉饼夹以猪肉培根、大葱圈、鸡蛋、酸黄瓜、黄梨片、食蔬、番茄片、芝士及秘制烧烤酱等烘烤，「微焦的肉饼被烧烤酱附身之后绝对入味，搭着清甜的黄梨片后更提味，这无疑是重口味者的最爱啊！」
- 杰尼龟 (Squirtle, RM23.90) – 双层的猪扒包夹以鸡蛋、酸黄瓜、食蔬、番茄片及芝士等烘烤，「与皮卡丘的最大分别就是少了烧烤酱的重口味，整体口感以酸黄瓜与芝士居多，属轻口味。」
- 小火龙 (Charmander, RM23.90) – 双层花生猪肉饼夹以3种菌菇、大葱圈、食蔬、番茄片及芝士等烘烤，「小火龙汉堡是三种汉堡中最能尝出肉质原汁原味的选择，里头的菌菇口味与咱们一般品尝 Brunch 的炒菇类似。较前两者少了酸黄瓜与鸡蛋，因此更能尝出猪肉与菌菇香。」
When we have got a whole lot of cute burgers to choose from, the million-dollar question of which to pick arises. To save the headache of choosing between the 3 Pokémon go family, we decided to have ALL three PokeBurgs that comes with a side of crispy fries and healthy greens.
- Sandwiched between two yellow buns with two thick pork patties sitting on a slice of cheese, fried egg, onion, pickles, pineapple, tomato and lettuce, the Pikachu is generous in portion, with the cutlet not overly dry and spread with BBQ sauce.
- In the green Squirtle burger, the double pork cutlets provided a real crunch alongside the cheese, pickle, tomato, lettuce and citrus-packed mayonnaise.
- The pink pork burger Charmander comes with two minced pork patties, a slice of cheese, tomato, lettuce and three types of mushroom. Despite it being deep-fried, the patties had the texture and paired incredibly well with all the fillings.
Salted Egg Yolk Charcoal Burger
哪位看官们偏爱咸蛋黄那沙沙的口感？那这道咸蛋黄酱炸鸡竹炭汉堡 (Salted Egg Yolk Charcoal Burger, RM21.90) 应该能让你解馋！店家还特地将酱汁与炸鸡分开摆放才不至于弄糊了彼此。「不爱吃猪肉堡？别担心，大人也点了这蘸上了 Car Born Cafe 自制咸蛋黄酱汁的特厚炸鸡肉再搭上松软的竹炭汉堡、薯条与沙拉，绝对能满足口腹之欲。」
Before we even sink our teeth into the burger, we can already smell the fragrance of the salted egg yolk sauce. The Salted Egg Yolk Charcoal Burger itself did not disappoint either as the chicken cutlet was seasoned to perfection. This is a delicious combination that we would strongly recommend you to try at least once for sure.
Special Tom Yum Seafood Pasta
微辣的东炎海鲜意大利面 (Special Tom Yum Seafood Pasta, RM25.90) 乍看之下海鲜料多颇实在，「以青蚝、苏东、虾拌以蒜香迷人的意式面条，当然也少不了层次有力的辣椒粉作伴。翻炒过的海鲜控油度尚好，多吃几口也不易生腻。」
Active foodies on the prowl might have already raved about this highly exotic Special Tom Yum Seafood Pasta before we even get started. Topped with generous amounts of mussels, squids and prawns, the semi-spicy pasta was done al dente in a delicate balance of sour and spiciness that stimulates our appetite, with the tom yum powder added giving it an extra fiery punch that has us mumbling “shiok” throughout the entire dish.
Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Chop
份量好大的咸蛋黄酱炸鸡扒 (Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Chop, RM21.90) 与大人之前所点的咸蛋黄酱炸鸡竹炭汉堡其实有异曲同工之处，「Car Born Cafe 的特厚炸鸡扒表皮炸得极香脆而不油腻，由于搭配了偏甜的咸蛋黄酱，因此鸡肉本身并无施予太厚重的调味，滋味恰好。」
By now, we just love salted egg anything, and we again met our match with the finely executed Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Chop, but it’s the unique salty-sweetness sauce that makes this dish somewhat unforgettable.
巧克力搭配华夫 Chocolate Devil
吉蒂迷们可以开始尖叫啦！这看起来令人疯狂的甜点正是巧克力搭配华夫 (Chocolate Devil, RM17.90) 「Car Born Cafe 的甜点也太令人无法招架了吧？邻桌的可爱母女档也点了这一道在拍照打卡呢！表皮香脆、内里绵密的吉蒂松饼与口味偏甜的香蕉、雪糕绝对相配，老实说大人还真下不了手划伤吉蒂猫的脸颊呀～」除了巧克力口味之外，店家还备有另三种滋味可供选择：芒果及草莓口味搭配竹炭华夫、抹茶红豆口味搭配原味华夫，吉蒂迷们该不会疯狂地全都包下吧？
It’s goodbye boring, Hello Kitty as the good folks at Car Born Cafe will set you up with their sweet classic that is delightfully crispy on the outside and light on the inside. The Chocolate Devil is almost the “purrfect” waffle dream come true, as it is topped with fresh bananas and pure maple sauce which in our opinion is a brilliant marriage. We can’t really fault this straightforward and honest waffle, which also comes in mango, strawberry and uji matcha flavours, that looks and tastes good, can we?
爆浆泡芙 Lava Choux
模样逗趣的店家超人气甜点 – 爆浆泡芙 (Lava Choux, RM18.90/4pcs) 轻而易举就掳获了一家大小的心！让我们一起看看他们到底伪装了谁呀？「竹炭化身小企鹅🐧 (内馅为爆浆咸蛋黄)、草莓决定扮演粉色猪猪🐷的角色 (内馅为爆浆咸焦糖)、抹茶当然得装成小青蛙🐸 (内馅为爆浆抹茶)、巧克力你就来当小熊🐻吧 (内馅为爆浆Nutella)」为了以防动物们以爆浆暗袭大人，看来只好先用刀叉刺探军情才是上策～
Almost too pretty to be eaten, the Lava Choux at Car Born Cafe are tiny pieces of art that are bursting with flowy cream that fills our mouth at first bite. Filled with ultra generous lava fillings of salted egg yolk (Pingu), salted caramel (Piggy), matcha (Froggie) and Nutella, (Brownie). Out of the four, we loved the Nutella-filled bear that holds a rich, oozy hazelnut core, as well as the green matcha for its strong bittersweet flavour we were looking for.
共有五种口味的 Churros 该怎么点才行？就让大人先尝一尝其中三种再来通报各位！「深褐色的娘惹风味 Ondeh Ondeh Churros (RM15) 带有浓浓椰糖香；竹炭咸蛋黄鸡肉 Churros (RM19) 则以惯有的淡香竹炭口味现身；第三种 Mayo Cheese Egg Churros (RM16) 口感较香脆，与微酸的美乃滋、BBQ烧烤酱与炒蛋，确实很搭！」
If you’re looking for churros that are different from the norm, you have definitely come to the right place. More affectionately as Spanish doughnuts, these tasty sticks come in 5 delectable flavours which we had the pleasure (and limited space) to try only 3. For a taste of Nyonya nostalgia, we chose the Ondeh Ondeh Churros that comes sprinkle with grated coconut and a Gula Melaka dip, while for those who prefer a little savoury twist to what a typical Churros would taste like, take your pick from the Charcoal Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Churros or the Mayo Cheese Egg Churros with some tangy Mayo and BBQ sauce goodness! Either way, we loved their crisp dough which is relatively crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside.
待餐时刻虽然较长，但当 Car Born Cafe 的趣致美食一一上桌后，内心还是欣喜的～ 这么可爱的美食甜饮加上酷炫的室内环境，看来也颇适合举办小型聚会或生日派对 🎉 ，预知详情不妨亲询店家哦！＊注：以上价格尚未包含6%消费税
Car Born Cafe is considered a gimmicky cafe, but feel free to drop by if decent bites, cute food shots and a cool place to party and hangout are what you’re looking for. If you’re in the vicinity, hop on board and make sure not to get off until you have tried some of these menu items you can’t get anywhere else!
Car Born Cafe
Address: 44-46, Jalan Pendekar 13, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Kampong Skudai Laut, Johor, Malaysia.
Tel: +607 – 298 1952
Business Hours: 12pm-12am (Monday Off)