[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 黄大人 资料 Sub-editor 郑大人]
Visiting Jalan Tan Hiok Nee (Heritage Street) can be a fascinating experience for us, let alone our friends from overseas or other parts of the country. It was only recently when the question that plays on everybody’s mind is, “What can I do on a visit to Johor Bahru?” The same issue played in our minds because even the local tourism portals and media did nothing more than referring to our JB downtown as a financial centre and a shopping haven popular with Singaporeans.
Fast forward 2016, JB downtown, in particular, the old heritage quarters around Jalan Tan Hiok Nee has transformed from a quiet, forgotten memory lane to one full of life and vigour – bustling with street sellers, old folks singing karaoke, Zumba dance workout on the streets and fancy cafes and restaurants doing brisk business. There is no stopping these new establishments from popping up, nor us from getting to them.
大人今日光顾的 Shakespeare Milkshakes 就位於直律街 (Jalan Trus) 上一家专售精致甜饮与轻食的好去处。老店新装，为渐失生命力的古朴商店重新披上一层暖衣裳，其实也是一种精彩传承。
若想在老街恣意游走，店家以全天候 “grab & go” 为概念的精选手拿轻食应该会是旅人们的心头好。Shakespeare Milkshakes 地理位置极为优越，右为锦华老店，斜对角则为华美老店，二者为在地新山人尽皆知的老咖啡店，充满北欧自然风格的 Shakespeare Milkshakes 夹身其中，却也不显突兀。老店极尽所能地从透明窗外引进自然采光，室内明亮得让人忘了她的前身。身处其中仍可感觉门外有许多好奇的过路客从一开始的驻足门外，到下一刻的推门而入，这指定动作，正巧与大人一样。
Heads up Internet: Shakespeare Milkshakes, which started setting up shop a month ago by the same people behind Faculty of Caffeine and The Replacement Lodge & Kitchen, is already “shaking up” the cafe scenes in town. Located along Jalan Trus, its white exterior and signage may not be very noticeable, but we are pretty sure you can find it as it is located next to Restoran Kin Wah and diagonally opposite Restoran Hua Mui (both iconic coffee shop landmarks).
Soft serve ice cream is the latest food fad to sweep across the globe and one of the most popular desserts to have in all year summer weather countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. It is really exactly the same as your regular ice cream, but softer (think good old McDonald’s). The machine is simply set to put more air in the ice cream to make it smooth, albeit with a new twist and various toppings to bring the taste up a few notches which you shall see later. Designed to be an inexpensive and delicious treat that you can just “grab and go” while checking out the rest of the old city quarters, we took it upon ourselves to scour the area for the best desserts, putting on a few kilos on your behalf in the process, and here we are. (You’re absolutely welcome!)
Enter Shakespeare Milkshakes, a minimalist-looking cremor parlour that stands out with its all white exterior and kinfolk-like interior, with its white ceiling, white walls, white lamps, white tiles and even white seats and cushions giving it a white-washed yet soothing touch that can calm any wearied souls or passing travellers.
特调奶昔 Specialty Shakes
餐谱上那六种特调奶昔早已吸引大人目光，向来对鳄梨与浆果情有独钟，当然不假思索就点了 Avocado Power (上图，RM15) 与 Berries Sparkles (左下，RM15)。「不如再来杯当家特调奶昔 Kinder Bueno Shakes 如何？」一旁的友人开始怂恿大人，这杯 Kinder Bueno Shakes (右下，RM15) 果然外型迷人，充满童年回忆啊！必须强调的是，Shakespeare 的奶昔皆是真材实料，一滴水都没有使用噢～
先来说说 Avocado Power 吧！「鳄梨加上espresso? 小铁壶里的惊艳！原本顺滑的鳄梨口感就很吸引大人了，没想到倒入咖啡后把鳄梨与香草雪糕的味道给中和了，带有微苦更好喝啊！顶端的那一抹奶油缀以马六甲椰糖碎粒，非常提味。整体如翠玉般的色彩加上鳄梨果肉与饼干，甜度适中，非常值得一喝。」
Berries Sparkles 「酸甜比例恰到好处，大热天来一杯好舒爽！以优格乳、雪糕加各式浆果匀和而成的奶昔，一喝就知是优质的牛奶在扮演要角。顶上奶油与草莓有惊喜噢！大人吃进嘴里后有爆酱，原来是嘀嗒糖 popping candy 潜藏其中！」
Kinder Bueno Shakes 「单听名字就得狠狠地点了啊！童年最爱的巧克力棒里那浓浓的榛子酱回想起来就是年少轻狂的放肆与幸福！乍看之下非常甜腻，喝起来却浓而不腻，上好的黑巧克力可记上一功！」
Shakespeare Milkshakes prides itself on being a handcrafted soft serve specialist that strictly uses the best and freshest ingredients, and its colourful shakes are a smorgasbord of explosive and surprising tastes and textures, as we are about to discover…
The Avocado Power is our undisputed favourite of the three shakes. While avocado is nothing new to the world of smoothies thanks to its rich, creamy texture, but combining it with the (optional) espresso was genius. The subtly sweet flavour of avocado blends harmoniously with the rest of the ingredients, but add Gula Melaka and a cute little chunk of avocado flesh, we have a perfect after-dinner drink that is satisfyingly luscious!
The Berries Sparkles was the prettiest of the lot, though we were almost guilty of judging the milkshake by its appearance. To our delight, this shake had all the right elements of a strawberry smoothie, with its mild sweetness accented by the natural sourness of fresh berries. As if this were not enough to melt the hearts of ladies everywhere, watch out for the surprise as the “popping candy” makes its presence known. We can imagine that a berries lover with a sweet tooth would appreciate this drink.
This one is for the hazelnut lovers. While the Kinder Bueno Shakes does look like it could send us into a perpetual state of sugar high, it is surprisingly not as sweet as it looks. This dark chocolate concoction gives a robust flavour and is crowned with a chocolate cookie and held together with a generous dollop of chocolate fudge, nuts and a piece of our childhood favourite snack. Definitely a great option for chocoholics everywhere!
备有三种口味选择的松饼 (Waffle, RM12)：香蕉巧克力 Chocolate Banana | 宇治抹茶 Uji Matcha | 剪蕊 Cendol，最爱绿色的大人不作二选挑了宇治抹茶口味！「这松饼果真不负“松”饼之誉啊！轻盈蓬松的空气口感一点也不油腻，送入口中后牛油香溢四处。抹茶雪糕上还撒了些特殊清香的玄米茶，绝对点睛。一口绿茶一口日本红豆，咸甜香浓绵密交织，适口香醇。雪糕下原来是旺旺雪饼！大爱这道松饼！」
Now, this is the stuff dreams are made of, and their waffle classics come in three fusion-inspired flavours – Chocolate Banana, Uji Matcha and Cendol. To make sure you go green with envy (literally), we opt for the classic green tea infused waffle momentarily transport us to the land of the rising sun. The waffles are surprisingly crisp, eggy and fluffy that we could eat them on their own but it is still best to mix the Genmaicha-infused matcha ice cream and red beans for maximum enjoyment. And guess what we discover towards the end? A piece of Wang Wang Snow Flake Cracker lies in wait at the bottom to evoke even more childhood nostalgia…
咸香可颂松饼 Croffle (Savoury)
可颂松饼 (Croffle, RM6)，动动脑筋就能拥有两种最爱的美味！香脆与扎实兼具，果真是道非常适合随行的轻食。口味偏咸香的可颂松饼同样有三种口味可供选择：金枪鱼与橄榄 Tuna and Olive | 火腿与芝士 Ham and Cheese | 熏牛肉与芝士 Beef Pastrami and Cheese，「大人今日点了火腿与芝士口味，制成松饼状的可颂变得相当扎实，一口咬下还能拉丝呢，香屑也不会再随处飘散！内馅丰富可见大葱、鸡蛋、芝士、培根等，咸香适中而且不会过于油腻。切记：此道可颂松饼趁热享用才是上策！」
If you have always wanted to have waffles with pastry on the go, Croffle is your answer. This savoury croissant-based waffle (slightly crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside) is made to order, with a choice of Tuna and Olive, Ham and Cheese or Beef Pastrami and Cheese for a surprisingly delicious package. When we break our Ham and Cheese Croffle open, there will be strands of gooey cheese melting throughout with little bits of the savoury ham sandwiched in between. You’ll definitely want to enjoy them hot and fresh (trust us)!
冰淇淋 Soft Serve
超级香醇的冰淇淋 (Soft Serve, In Waffle Cone RM6, In Chimney Cone RM8) 不推荐给大家还真说不过去呀！由于之前已点了宇治抹茶松饼，因此冰淇淋就挑了香草牛奶 (Vanilla Milk) 与巧克力 (Chocolate) 口味来尝鲜，「好浓郁顺滑，这真的太好味了！尝过了几道甜食后发现Shakespeare 的口味皆不会过于甜腻，道道都能完美感受原材料的纯度，在炎热的天气下奔走，适度摄取冰淇淋即能恢复体力也能让心情变好，就算不是旅人，也能享有这份愉悦。」
Now, we have finally come to the “stars” of the show, which arrives in a choice of Waffle Cone or Chimney Cone (available soon). The flavours here are pretty conventional with Vanilla Milk, Chocolate and Matcha (which we had earlier), but the quality is truly outstanding. Made using premium fresh dairy produce, the resulting Soft Serve is very smooth and creamy with just the right level of sweetness, so give in to that ice-cream craving and lick away!
单品巧克力 Single Origin Chocolate
单品咖啡想必看官们并不陌生，至于单品巧克力 (Single Origin Hot Chocolate, RM12) 还真为数不多。现时选用 São Tomé (葡萄牙语，圣多美是非洲西部岛国圣多美和普林西比的首都和最大城市) 所出产的可可豆，西非可是世界可可生产重地，全球逾 70% 的可可豆皆由此供给巧克力爱好者。据店家透露，未来还将不断尝试更多产地的可可，真是巧克力迷们的好消息呢！「将巧克力置入温热的牛奶中，缓缓旋搅，天啊！喝起来好香醇顺滑，有种纯净无杂质的口感，喜欢热巧克力的看官们请立即到店品尝。大人以前留学时最爱边品热巧克力，边吃微烤过的棉花软糖了，此刻再尝，回忆立即浮上心头啊～」
You may be familiar with Single Origin Coffee from our earlier coverage but what about Single Origin Hot Chocolate? Hailing from São Tomé, also known as Chocolate Island, steeped in cocoa farming history with an unparalleled reputation for growing some of the most prized cocoa beans on earth – the criollo bean, which accounted for over 70% of the world’s supply. Using fine single origin chocolate and made into chocolate ganache served with some brûlée marshmallow, the result is a delicious, sweet, delicate cocoa which gives our hot drink a delicately velvety texture that is also rich in its chocolatey taste. With every swirl into the fresh warm milk, this signature beverage is also available in either original or Irish which is reminiscent of our good old college days back down under.
印度香料奶茶 Masala Chai Tea
话说印度香料奶茶 (Masala Chai Tea, RM12) 口味厚重，与榴莲接受度类似，并非人人皆爱。「这儿的香料奶茶是以豆奶搭配由传统香料 (丁香、肉桂、八角等) 所匀和的红茶后，再佐以蜜糖，举起杯缘处即可闻及其独特香味。向来有品尝印度香料奶茶的看官们，不妨一试。」
Masala Chai is a fusion of traditional Indian spice and herb decoctions with tea, which was popularised by the British during the colonial era which in some of our opinion can be slightly spicy, creamy and yet undeniably delicious. While this may not be everyone’s cup of tea (like durians), this is certainly one of our favourites! Further infused with soy milk and honey, you might have a change of heart after giving their Masala Chai Tea a sip.
精致的轻甜食，并非只有其貌，也能有其心，精挑的原料就如此自然地呈现出最纯厚的甜。这个午后，大人在 Shakespeare Milkshakes 心甘情愿被这份天然不做作的甜蜜俘虏，临行前又再拎走一份 Tuna and Olive Croffle 漫游老街，心满意足。
Unlike Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s famous classic novel, our chanced encounter at Shakespeare Milkshakes looks set for a sweet everlasting ending, with the dessert maker still in the midst of adding more flavours to their menu so stay tuned to watch how this modern day timeless classic unfolds.
As we make our move, we decided to have another Tuna and Olive Croffle on the go…
Address: 9, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru.
Reservation: +6016-421 8530
Operation Hour: 1:00pm to 11:00pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
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