Kafe Eat & Repeat Review: $0.60 Nasi Lemak, Mee Rebus, And Soto In Johor Bahru - EatBook.sg
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Kafe Eat & Repeat Review: $0.60 Nasi Lemak, Mee Rebus, And Soto In Johor Bahru

11th April 2019

Kafe Eat & Repeat – everything at RM1.90/~S$0.63

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Boat Noodles-style food

As if finding Korean BBQ buffet that costs RM24/~S$7.97 at JB Mount Austin wasn’t enough, we also managed to score ourselves another cheap and good find at Kafe Eat & Repeat. This eatery is the seventh branch in Malaysia, showing how both the boat noodle concept and food served are so well-received here.

We spread the net wide and ate everything on the menu, so we could whittle down the very best dishes to order when you’re here.

Food at Kafe Eat & Repeat

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Flatlay

What I love about this place is the boat-noodle dining concept, which transcends past the history of boat merchants in Bangkok’s canals. There might not be any rocking boats here or Thai food even, but each dish is portioned and served in little bowls at only RM1.90/~S$0.63 a pop! If you’re always suffering from food envy, Kafe Eat & Repeat allows you to try everything on the menu.

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Soto and Begedil

The classic varieties are Lontong, Mee Rebus, Nasi Lemak, and Soto, the lattermost being the most popular dish at the table. This is mostly attributed to the little ball of begedil found amongst cubes of rice cake. The deep-fried patty is a savoury parcel of mashed potatoes and fried shallots. When paired with the intensely flavoured chicken broth, they were simply moreish.

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Nasi Lemak, Soto, Lontong, Mee Rebus

The lontong features a coconut broth along with cold compressed rice cakes, cut into three bite-sized pieces. Slapped atop is a dollop of sweet and spicy sambal chilli which imparted a much-needed kick of spice.

The mee rebus and nasi lemak were pretty average and didn’t give us anything to shout about. Other than the carbs, the only protein would be from the eggs.

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Mee Bandung

Another item on the menu you must order is the Mee Bandung. A common misconception is that this noodle originated from Bandung, Indonesia. However, the word ‘Bandung’ in this case is a term used to describe a mix of ingredients. Exhibit A: the rose syrup and milk beverage. Exhibit B: mee bandung.

There are many variations of mee bandung. The one at Kafe Eat & Repeat is made with egg noodles, fishballs, and a delicious peanut broth. Unlike mee rebus which has a thick and viscous gravy, mee bandung has a semi-clear broth peppered with coarsely chopped peanuts. It was sweet, savoury, and mildly spicy.

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Nasi Putih Ayam Paprik

We were recommended their signature – Nasi Putih Ayam Paprik. I challenge anyone to take more than a minute to finish this. The melange of sweet and spicy flavours from the sticky, caramelised glaze wraps itself around the chicken, carrots, and long beans. You get your meaty fix, followed by a chilli hit and a sweet aftertaste.

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Kepak Ayam Tandoori

Another notable mention is the Kepak Ayam Tandoori. Again, don’t let the name fool you as these wings did not remind me anything of tandoori chicken. Blasted with hot oil, the skin of the chicken is so crispy, it might hurt the roof of your mouth. Taking a bite, you will be surprised by the fragrance of the marinade, which carried hints of garlic and turmeric.

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Mango Sticky Rice, Ice-Cream

Desserts, however, paled in comparison to the savoury items. There are only four in the menu: Pulut Mangga (mango sticky rice), Sagu Gula Melaka (sago pudding), Brownies + Ice Cream, and Ice Cream Kuah Kopi.

Leave your BKK-dreaming days at the door. The pulut mangga was missing the punch of summer sweetness as the mango slice was sour, and the sagu gula melaka was just flooded with diluted coconut milk. Order the ice-cream desserts instead. They might not be great, but they will definitely satisfy a hungry person with a sweet tooth.

Ambience at Kafe Eat & Repeat

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Storefront

Kafe Eat & Repeat is a 15-minute drive or RM12/~S$3.98 Grab ride from the customs. It is hard to miss the eatery with its bright red and black walls, extending from the storefront to the back of the store. Just like the no-frills, simple dishes served here, the ambience is only good for having fabulous food in a jiffy, so do not expect anything more than basic IKEA table and chairs.

The verdict

Kafe Eat & Repeat - Verdict shot

Kafe Eat & Repeat is a great place to bring friends who are first-timers in JB. Expose yourselves to a huge part of the Malay cuisine here in one shot, without having to over order since each portion is small.

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Address: Jalan Padi Emas 4/1, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: Sat-Thur 1pm to 10pm
Tel: +60 16-713 0448
Website
Kafe Eat & Repeat is a Muslim-owned eatery.

Photos taken by Stephen Kim.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg

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8/10

Summary

Pros
– Extremely value for money
– Tasty dishes
– Wide variety

Cons
– 15 minutes car ride from the customs
– Some dishes were served cold

Recommended Dishes: Mee Bandung, Soto, Nasi Putih Ayam Paprik, Kepak Ayam Tandoori

Opening hours: Sat-Thur 1pm to 10pm

Address: Jalan Padi Emas 4/1, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

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