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As we approached Iskandar Puteri and drove past LEGOLAND® Malaysia and Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios into Sunway Iskandar, our attention was captured by this awe-inspiring building, with its statement glassy facade gleaming all white and sterling in the setting sun – the perfect stage for our highly anticipated date for the evening.
The “hub” is part of the Sunway Citrine integrated development which features designer offices, boutique residences and retail outlets which overlook a resplendent emerald lake garden – a far cry from the hectic hubbub of Johor Bahru where tranquillity still prevails even in the most dynamic of cities.
Local folks don’t talk about Medini with the same reverence as they do Johor Bahru, Skudai and Mount Austin suburbs, but that looks set to change with a slew of cafes, master roasters and speciality stores hitting the market. So if you’re all shopped out in Sunway Iskandar, make a pit stop at one of these cafes and restaurants at Sunway Citrine Hub for a good cuppa or casual dining.
An expression of Elvin’s love affair with coffee!
He had no prior experience, no expertise. What he did have, was a lot of passion and a very clear vision: to introduce Johor Bahru to a different kind of coffee, and to educate people about their coffee, help them make it better and enjoy it more. It didn’t take long for him to fall in love with the idea, and he decided to take a sabbatical and spend time travelling around Australia. That’s where the idea of starting his own business was born.
Meet Elvin Lee, roaster-barista-owner who is undoubtedly one of the most passionate, coffee-obsessed persons we have ever met. Having had his first whiff (cupping) and taste of his favourite beverage at its original best at Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee Roaster while learning and honing his culinary skills in Melbourne, the seeds were planted in Elvin‘s heart that he would one day developed a meaningful relationship with the beans.
Inside the minimalist space of Elvin’s new roastery in Sunway Citrine Hub, the aroma of freshly ground and brewed coffee is practically palpable upon entry. While AlleyLab may have recently re-entered the competitive cafe-scape in Sunway Iskandar but it has already amassed a loyal following among the local coffee lovers from their early days in Setia Eco Garden and Taman Molek, with a young and growing hipster and expat crowd filling up the space even on recent weekday afternoons, let alone the weekends!
📍 No 01-18, First Floor
📞 +607-596 4387
🕚 10.00am to 10.00pm (Daily)
📱 Alleylab Roastery
Almost every dish here is a signature item!
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.
🖱️Read more: https://magistrate.my/awesomebrew
📍 No 01-19, First Floor
📞 +607-509 6404
🕚 9.00am to 10.00pm (Daily)
📱 Awesome Brew
Spicy Korean food “Seoul good” that we can’t help but love!
For those of us who have yet to visit TEUMSAE in Seoul, fret not as the brand has recently set up shop on the first floor of Sunway Citrine Hub in mid-January, its first overseas outlet outside of Korea which has made even the locals drool over. With the staff in the restaurant seemingly Koreans, it really sets the mood when we hear them speaking their native language. Korean food, like other Asian cuisines, can be spicy to give our meals some kick, but fret not, these intimidating bright red sauce that comes with many of the authentic Korean dishes has been toned down for broader acceptance!
The original recipes from Korea are preserved initially for the Korean community to reminisce the taste from home, but the real deal has proved to be too much for many locals to handle. After gathering feedback and tweaking the recipes for our Malaysian tastebuds, TEUMSAE now offers the best of both worlds, much to the natives Koreans and local community’s delight. The menu is pretty extensive, with 12 varieties of Gimbap and rice dishes alone, all served with different broths and toppings, In any case, just leave your food destiny in the good hands of Lina for a delightful culinary trip to Seoul and back!
🖱️Read more: https://magistrate.my/teumsae_ramen
📍 No 01-15, First Floor
📞 +607-585 7566
🕚 Daily from 11.00am – 8.30pm (Break: 2.30pm – 4.30pm)
PIZZ@ PASTA BURGER SALAD
A 2-mm slice of paradise
The name Pizz is directly derived from and inspired by the restaurant’s signature dish, so it makes sense to delve straight into this Italian flatbread. Since opening its doors to the public on 3 December 2018, we’ve been receiving rave reviews that their signature pizzas have feed ravenous tummies and have many picky eaters swooning, so this calls for the foodies in us to go on another “find dining” mission!
Kudos to husband-and-wife restaurateurs Arica and Roel Quimba, we can now enjoy our all-time favourite Italian staple and other great comfort food at wallet-pleasing prices, served up with friendly and unobtrusive service. With an impressive 18 years of F&B experience behind them, including successful collaborations as part of the well-known Emmanuel Stroobant Group (ESG) in Singapore, their latest F&B venture brings home great food and service quality which forms the hallmark of their popular SQUE (pronounced as skew) outlets by the Singapore River or Pasir Panjang.
Be prepared to wait for the pizzas though, as every thin crust pizza is made by hand and only prepared upon order, but it’s definitely worthwhile!
🖱️Read more: https://magistrate.my/pizza_pasta_burger_salad/
PiZZ@ Pasta Burger Salad
📍 No 01-02, First Floor
📞 +607-585 7114
🕚 Daily from 11.30am – 11.00pm
VOID BY SHAWN SHUM [Closed]
Leave it to the chef to fill our “VOiD” with omakase dining!
Some chefs pay attention to the latest culinary trends, and others create the trends. Chef Shawn is definitely one of them! Having been “deprived” of some bold and daring culinary experiments for the past year, we are glad to be posted about his new F&B venture and invited to check out a different dining concept, inspired by the Japanese local tradition and prepared with carefully-selected local and seasonal ingredients.
Unable to decide what to order? Think omakase. The intriguing thing about omakase is that we don’t know exactly what we will be getting, but in Chef Shawn we trust, and rest assured that you will definitely be fed well and in good hands for the evening. From the seasonally inspired ingredients right down to the silverware and serving plates of which Chef Shawn’s gorgeous creations are presented in, VOiD reflects a particular culinary style that’s both visually stunning and sensorial from taste to texture.
🖱️Read more: https://magistrate.my/restaurantvoid
📍 No 1-20-1-22, First Floor
📞 +6011-5502 6828
🕚 Daily from 10.00am – 11.00pm (Brunch 10.00am – 5.00pm; Omakase 6.00pm – 10.00pm)
📱 Restaurant VOiD
Whether you’re looking for authentically delicious artisanal coffee or a hearty and satisfying brunch set, we hope this culinary journey to the west cum mini-food trail can leave your tastebuds and tummies satisfied. With the upcoming opening of Sunway Big Box Village targeted for the end of the year, we’re confident Sunway Citrine Hub would become the latest hotspot for locals and Singaporeans crossing the Second Link for years to come. So, see you around!
Sunway Citrine Hub
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