[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 刘大人]
We have to admit that one of the key millennial trends is having an event space that provides a visual aesthetic for the party to snap photographs, or merely a large place to chill, relax amidst nice ambience and quieter surroundings. There’s no shortage of events in Johor Bahru, but we can’t speak the same for unique venues that can wow our attendees with everything from impeccable rooftops to stunning backdrops and beyond.
In a recent seminar which we attended that was held on Level 2, adjacent to the private room which once hosted Taiwanese celebrity, Jay Chow, a separate high school reunion function complete with LIVE Band performance was happening concurrently at this casual, British-themed cafe. Out of curiosity, we had to grab hold of JJ, our gracious host and were told that the venue could actually play host to a whopping 300 guests, with free and ample parking space around the vicinity!
For your benefits folks, Skudai’s the place and J Coffee, Tea & Life‘s the name!
Reasonably well-tucked in a small industrial area along Jalan Skudai, just after the main entrance to Taman Sutera Utama. It didn’t take us long to return on another day to appreciate what this light industrial building turned cafe has to offer. Upon entering the compound, everything is just impressive. From brightly-lit interior to cosy and inviting furnishing, it is worthwhile to come for a sip and to enjoy a tranquil yet serene ambience!
What better way to chill and spend a laidback afternoon for a gathering of our BFFs than to order their three-tiered serving High Tea Set? Packed with delicate bites, and features solely Harney & Sons brews, our pot really will runneth over, as the waitress kept us topped up regularly.
Looking for some coffee stimulants instead? Look no further than the smooth and buttery Caramel Macchiato made with freshly steamed low-fat milk, drizzled with caramel sauce and torched to perfection, or the comforting and good ol’ Piccolo with that pleasant nut-like aftertaste lingering in our mouth. With scorching weather like this, we can’t think better than these thirst-quenchers like Pineapple Fruit Tea, Blue Flower Fruit Tea or the refreshing Hoegaarden Strawberry Lime that beat the heat and melt our woes away.
Fish & Chips
Being an avid fan of Fish & Chips from young, we are glad to note that the cafe uses other fishes instead of the “dory” that most places use, accompanied with a generous helping of chips, tartar sauce and crunchy mixed greens. Moist, tender and flaky together with a crunchy batter, we actually found ourselves enjoying this.
Cooking with seafood can be tricky, especially for delicately textured seafood such as fish, squids and scallops, and the Seafood Marinara did not disappoint! Cooked in squid ink sauce, this briny black dish has a naturally fragrant oceanic aroma synonymous with squid ink was a clear winner for us, and we can see why it’s one of the most popular dishes here. Be wary of eating this with a date though, for obvious reasons!
Pan Seared Salmon with Fish Broth
We all know salmon has a multitude of benefits, so we couldn’t help but order not one but two servings of this nutritious piece of fish to satisfy our Omega-3 needs. The Pan Seared Salmon with Fish Broth was cooked to perfection with a crusty skin, while the fillet itself remained moist and tender on the inside. Served with clams, caper, olive, tomato and potato parsley, every slice was extra flavourful when consumed with the delicious broth.
On the other hand, the Teriyaki Salmon was grilled rather than pan-fried to prevent it from being too dry, while imbuing the fish with a light smoky flavour. We also enjoyed the goodness that comes with the mixed grain rice, pomegranate and broccoli.
Oven Roasted Spring Chicken
As we are still feeling half full, we went straight for the Oven Roasted Spring Chicken. Whichever part of the bird you prefer, this wholesome dish served with roasted potato, zucchini, capsicum and carrot is a treat with crispy skin and succulent, savoury meat so tasty that we can’t do much but give a nod of satisfaction LOL.
As we heard about the new supplier for their fresh meat, we decided for one final hurrah for the day with the Ribeye Steak. Requesting for our customary 30% doneness (medium rare), the meat was somewhat juicy, tender and moist, and the seasoning was done just right. Served with a side of seasonal vegetables, mashed potato and a flavourful black pepper dip, there wasn’t anything to complain about the meat, really.
Time flies when we are having fun, as we cop a cuppa in the day and swing back through for dinner and happy hour later. Be it a party of a few family and friends, one for the entire company, or for a more chic and classy affair, J Coffee, Tea & Life ticks all the boxes to ensure a starry, elegant event. Not forgetting their all-day dining options, sleek dining interior and cool al fresco space, we’ll leave you to decide on their merits to reserve for your next memorable occasion.
J Coffee, Tea & Life
📍 No 6, Jalan Roda 3, 81300 Skudai, Johor
📞 +6012-708 0996
🕛 12pm to 12am [Sunday – Thursday]. 12pm to 1 am [Friday & Saturday].
📱 J Coffee, Tea & Life Malaysia
🍽️ NO PORK, NO LARD