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👨🍳 Chef Mui Kai Quan
Current: Head Chef, Sprout
Previous: Esquina, Osteria Mozza (Singapore), Ledbury (London), Maaemo (Oslo)
Born in Kulai, Johor
👨🍳 Chef Joseph Teoh Boon Siong
Current: Sous Chef, Sprout
Previous: Pizzeria Mozza (Singapore)
Born in Johor Bahru, Johor
Not so long ago, experiencing the quintessential flavours of local food means sweating it out at the neighbourhood hawker centre, prepared using traditional methods of stir-frying, deep-frying, steaming, stewing, roasting and braising, but a new generation of chefs such as Joseph and Mui are set on redefining native food culture, taking the familiar local ingredients whenever possible and reinterpreting them with modern cooking techniques, fusion flavours and innovative plating.
Perhaps the most underrated of the modern-European restaurants in JB, The menu at Sprout is clearly divided into Snacks, Soil, Sea, Land and Dessert, with their open kitchen-bar concept allowing diners the opportunity to gawk at Chef Joseph, Chef Mui and their young team at work. “We build our menu around local fresh produce, using a combination of sous vide, pickling, fermenting, confit, poaching and roasting techniques to yields results that are nearly impossible to achieve by traditional means,” Chef Mui explains. “This frees us from the tyranny of the clock, and our temperament to ensure quality and consistency.”
“By using Modernist techniques, we get more control, and that allows us to be more artistic, not less!” Chef Joseph concludes.
We could be forgiven for thinking that we are suddenly teleported to northern Europe for the evening, with Sprout‘s minimalist and casual dining concept creating an intimate setting no matter how packed the place could be. Serving only 4 hours daily from Tuesday to Sunday (Monday off), connoisseurs of haute cuisine will be happy to know that this fusion between Fine Dining and Casual Dining concept is now quietly sprouting within the city. This culminated in a fitting tribute to the depth and diversity of culinary options that were commonplace only in the West, but now available in JB too!
It doesn’t take us long to be in awe of the young chefs’ courage to set up shop in one of JB’s oldest residential area to keep overhead costs low so that they can focus on creating a gratifying gastronomy experience for discerning diners. The blurring of traditional cuisine and consumers’ discerning appetite for new and elevated experiences are the inspiration behind some of the rave reviews that have made their rounds in the past twelve months, so head down to Sprout for some fantastic fusion of flavours not to be missed!
Following the launch of our latest <MENU>, “Find Dining” in Johor Bahru has never been easier. May we present our “Chef Specials” on Pg 94 for you to savour premium steaks unlike any other… Bon appétit!
[大人爱美食] 看官们，你们可尝试过一种叫做相逢恨晚的滋味？ 这惊艳的一餐究竟有多特别，快随大人一起翻滚味蕾吧！
Possibly, the closest to a Michelin-star fusion of flavours…
📍 61, Exit Lebuhraya Tebrau, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
🕙 Business Hours: Tuesday – Sunday (6.00pm-10.00pm)
📞 +6011–2181 6118
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