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RELAXING MYSELF AT JJ CAFE

Posted by Criz Lai On January - 9 - 2009|

Note: This restaurant has ceased operation. In its place is a seafood restaurant. Will review them soon.

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I had just realized that I have been in quite an adventurous trend for the past few weeks visiting restaurants by the beach or on an island within the Penang areas. This time it was a combination of both. I was by the beach watching the scenic view of the Penang Bridge while being opposite an island – Pulau Jerejak. LOL! Although this cool “more than a year in business” restaurant named JJ Café is within the premise of the Penang island jetty to Pulau Jerejak and near to the Queensbay Shopping Mall, not many people knew about its existence. Most would just assume this Malay restaurant as part of the jetty. The restaurant’s patrons were still guests and visitors to the nearby Pulau Jerejak Resort & Spa and some workers within the surrounding areas. I would just show you some clips of how relaxing this place could be after a hard day’s work.

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Don’t expect to get all the traditional Malay cooking in this restaurant as it merely served some light meals and finger food. Who’s to complain when the most expensive dish in the menu would cost you only RM6 and it is tax-free. I was there to find some inspirations and to relax mentally and physically on a few occasions and managed to collect some shots to share with my readers. The drinks served there were big and cheap. The thick Iced Milo was only RM2.10. Iced Black Tea was at RM1.70, whereas Can Drinks would be at RM2 each (with ice cubes).

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There would light meals such as the Nasi Lemak (steamed coconut milk rice – RM4) served with chicken curry, potato slices, half an egg, peanuts, fried anchovies and some cucumber slices. The rice was cooked in a different way and did not have the strong taste of coconut milk (santan). The chicken curry did not contain any santan as well. Overall, it was cheap but tasted just average.

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The Curry Noodles (RM4) tasted better as the soup base had all the natural ingredients in it but it could be real tongue burning for some. The dish came with some yellow noodles, lots of baby cockles, some cubes of fish cakes & balls, chicken slices, vegetables and half an egg. It had the spiciness that I love. Argh! Bring me more water please! 😛

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As I had mentioned earlier, the most expensive item would be the Chicken Lasagna (RM6). It had some layers of lasagna pasta with some tomato puree based minced chicken meat in between. Somehow the dish lacked the taste of mixed crushed herbs such as oregano, thyme, garlic, etc. On top of that, the serving was small with only a slice of tomato and some lettuce as garnishes.

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As tea time prior to my dinner appointment, I ordered some Roti Bakar Double (toasted bread slices with coconut jam and butter – RM2) as snacks. Although it was nice and cheap to have as tea, I still prefer my kaya (coconut jam) to have more eggy taste in it.

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I also ordered some Chicken Samosa (RM3) to try out. The popiah (spring roll) skin was crunchy but somehow there were more spicy potatoes inside then chicken meat. I guessed they would have over minced their chicken to have that meaty mouthful bite.

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Overall, JJ Café would be a great place to hang out with friends for a drink but the food quality has to be improvised and improved further. I found that not all the dishes had the required herbs and spices as I would have expected from a Malay establishment.

It would be easier to reach the restaurant if use the Jelutong/Bayan Lepas Expressway. Just follow the direction towards Queensbay Mall. Drive on until you see an overhead pass when nearing the mall. Watch out for a signboard (as shown below) to Pulau Jererak Resort & Spa. Turn left into the road and drive until the T-junction. Turn right and drive on a bit more and you will see the jetty on your left. JJ Café is within its premise.

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Name: JJ CAFE
Address: 1 MK13 Daerah Timur Laut, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 012-401 2779 (Azhar), 017-553 2105 (Zamani)
Opening Hours: 3.00pm-11.00pm (Closed Monday)
GPS: 5.342083, 100.311763

RATING:
Ambience: 9/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 7/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 6/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 7/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 9/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)

11 Responses to “RELAXING MYSELF AT JJ CAFE”

  1. Saw this place few weeks ago. Now I know what they offers. lol Thanks for sharing!!

    No problem Mary… I see quite a few Malay families bringing their children to the beaches there, although muddy a bit. 😛

  2. SimpleGirl says:

    nice seafront dining for hanging out, like you mentioned, if they improved on food quality will be perfect ya!

    They should if they expect to get more customers to dine in instead of to drink. 😛

  3. Duckie says:

    looks good .. will try!!

    All the best 😛

  4. Ooh, I’m loving your GIFs! So hi-fi one! Food not v impressive though… like you say, nice location for a relaxing drink but not much else

    Yea… the breeze this time of the year could be real chilly too towards evening. In fact, I think this place is not blocked by anything to avoid the Northern (Dec-May) and Southern (June-Nov) wind either. 😛

  5. allie says:

    The environment is very relaxing with a nice view and cool breeze. But I feel that the food is not to my liking. I tried their nasi lemak and curry mee too.

    Haha.. you are right about that.. that’s why I mentioned “chill out” place rather than “dine in” place. 😛

  6. gill gill says:

    Its been awhile have not been there. i know this place since they were 1 month old…lol. Get to know this relaxing place because of the JJ cafe owner asked me to work on their signboard, but end up the current signboard is not done by me :P.

    The sea view is amazing, but the food still need to be improve as Criz mentioned.

    Hmm… I wondered if they will employ us as food consultants.. haha 😛

  7. J2Kfm says:

    hmm, mediocre food, good place, cheap prices.
    worthy of a visit, i’ll say.

    Yea right… sit there relax and get chilled right towards evening.. 😛

  8. cariso says:

    Hey, the animation too fast leh, got to see the pic somemore got to read the wordings..tau? 🙂

    Haha… it showed that your line today had improved a lot. I have slowed it down anyway 🙂

  9. Little Inbox says:

    It’s been ages I didn’t take any Malay food. Thanks for your info. I think I’ll like their spicy food.

    Well, not everything there is spicy. This is more like a hang out place with light meals.

  10. desmond-t says:

    From your rating, I bet this is gonna be a nice place to chill out and enjoy the scenery rite? Hmm gotta try it out!

    Chill out with some light snacks minus the beer of course.. haha 😛

  11. papajoneh says:

    nice name restaurant.. maybe when i finally there, I will visit this. I love the open air style. Maybe ask for beer if they have. Sayang, the nasi lemak only taste average ah? Aiyoooo…

    Hey! Malay establishment. Mana ada beer? LOL!

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