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车子驶入了靠近 Iskandar Puteri 的领域，经过了乐高乐园、松木影城及位于美迪尼第三大道 (Persiaran Medini 3) 的双威国际学校后，眼前这一栋集合了住宅、办公及零售的建筑正是大人近期与友人新约的晚餐地点。新旧城区虽皆临近南方边城上的一弯碧水旁，Sunway Citrine Hub 这儿对许多久居新山市区、初次到访的看官们而言，映入双眸的清新绿境，不禁心生了一份向往。多了雅致清幽，少了车水马龙，一城二景，倒是个适合体验生活真趣的好地方。
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.
话说在 Sunway Citrine Hub 这建筑里，一张张让人津津乐道的美食名片，津津有味是必然结果。大人历经数月於此区逐家亲自品尝后所诚意推荐的【区区小试，足以挂齿】，看官们可得用力与同好分享才是啊！
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!
不同於多数咖啡师仅精于掌握豆子的属性，在澳洲墨尔本修读厨师课程多年的 Elvin，因一场咖与友人在墨尔本 Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee Roaster 所尝的杯测，不尝则已，一尝惊人，「原来不加糖的咖啡也能有水蜜桃般的清甜。」随着对单品咖啡的热爱与日俱增，Elvin 内心其实早已渐渐埋下了与咖啡的不解之缘，而这一切在其毕业归国赴新成为米其林二星厨房团队的一员后，才更坚信明了自己一生所爱，「有一天，厨房里的后勤阿姨给我冲泡了一杯Latte，喝下的那一刻让我顿时想起了过去在墨尔本所尝过的美好滋味与回忆。」
Elvin 谈起心中至爱的咖啡，以上所有症状一样不缺，这些年来非但没有因岁月流逝而变心，反因更了解彼此而决定厮守一生。来到了 AlleyLab，空气中仿佛早已互相协调让出了重要的位子给予咖啡香，一股咖啡纯氧即将滋养大人有些疲惫的神情。
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.
🖱️延伸阅读 / Continue reading: 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!
成立於1981年的 TEUMSAE 特色拉面，在韩国乃是家喻户晓的拉面品牌，位于首尔中心的明洞首家门市更已成为品牌旗舰店，而马来西亚第一家海外分店已於2019年1月15日正式落户南马伊斯干达特区里的 Sunway Citrine Hub 二楼单位！嗜食韩国拉面的看官们，不妨先随大人入店瞧瞧本地 TEUMSAE 特色拉面 的当家料理吧！
对于以拉面起家的 TEUMSAE，Q弹爽滑嚼劲十足的口感绝对名不虚传啊！负责人 Lina 透露，原汁原味的辣味拉面辣度十足，许多旅居本地的韩国饕客能在海外尝到原味自是喜不自胜，但为了迎合咱们在地人的口味，主人家则会相应做出些许调整。看着眼前被划为四大类主食的餐谱，单是 Gimbap 与饭团类就达12种之多！「品尝韩国料理最不必担心的事儿就是空虚饱，瞧瞧餐具们的尺寸即知不可能会饿着离开餐厅了啊！」
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!
🖱️延伸阅读 / Continue reading: 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
甫於去年12月3日开业的 PiZZ，在短短数个月内便已有让老饕数度回头觅食的魔力！为啥 PiZZ 一出场就能如此撼动众人的味蕾呢？啊！原来此处乃新加坡鼎鼎大名的 Emmanuel Stroobant Group (ESG) 餐饮集团旗下 SQUE 餐厅的伙伴之一的 Arica 及 Roel Quimba 夫妇在本地所打造的美食版图！
将两种大人最爱的食材制成披萨，实在找不到理由不点选 Salmon Wasabi Pizza (RM32) 啊！「现点现做的披萨，实际厚度目测应仅在二毫米范围吧！」这一上桌就被 Arica 千嘱咐万交代得趁热吃的披萨，送入口后就非常来劲儿，时能耳闻咀嚼时传出的咔滋咔滋声响，功力深厚的芥末果真让整体口感生色不少！「滋味如此出众，名不虚传！立即就将你列入本年度大人披萨排行榜的第一名！」你或许无法想像大人这一顿吃得有多愉悦，毕竟觅食之路碰的钉子并不在少数，能遇着一间道道皆用心烹制的馆子，如获至宝当然得传扬天下。
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!
🖱️延伸阅读 / Continue reading: 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
不时不食，赏一场 Omakase 无餐谱日法料理协奏曲
Leave it to the chef to fill our “VOiD” with omakase dining!
结识 Chef Shawn 有好一段时日了，有他存在的厨房近乎完美，总让大人好放心将口腹交托予他。 「今天不妨来场 Omakase 吧！」一行人在 VOiD 的台前列席而坐时，正逢周五各自放下了忙碌的担子，心情莫名放松地连点菜这回事也交给 Chef Shawn 来决定！其实 Omakase 即是日文中的「厨师推荐」，待餐时大人其实并不晓得待会儿将上桌的餐谱，不时不食，一切皆交由厨师挑选当季优质食材，现场烹制而定。「充满期待的心情果然与平时滑手机待餐的感觉大不同。」
选择困难症？想要挑战好奇心？VOiD 的 Omakase 或许就是最适合看官们的进餐形式，上餐前主厨 Shawn 会细心事先询问饕客是否会对特定食材过敏，口味由清至浓依序上阵，所以无需过于担忧所品尝的餐点会抵触味蕾。「在开放式厨房处理餐点真的得自带勇气才行！」眼前这一幕各司其职自信的演出，大人不晓得他们上场前演练了多少回，默契这回事有时需要一点时间来撮合。来自厨房里的铿锵声响与耳际听着的乐曲竟毫无突兀，心情好久没那么愉悦了！
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.
🖱️延伸阅读 / Continue reading: 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
才刚整理出口袋名单，辗转得知 Sunway Citrine Hub 小区里又迎来几家不该错过的料理了，为了让看官们不虚此行，看来大人真该多来几趟微服出巡才行啊！随着近在咫尺的 Sunway Big Box Village 即将在年末开业，大人对于这依斯干达公主港瑰宝於日后所能展现的繁华相当期待哟！
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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