JB Cafe: Naug Cafe Ice-Cream Waffles @ Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
Naug Just Plants is a hydroponic house plants store along Tan Hiok Nee Heritage Walk in Johor Bahru. Apart from selling plants that bring a touch of nature to any home or office spaces, Naug has "Hands-on with Nature" workshops too for customers to create landscape for their plants.
By the way, plants are allowed to be brought into Singapore so long as there are no soil.
At the back of the store is the little Naug Cafe, with most of its seats in the "backyard" behind the bar counter.
One corner of the "backyard" looks more like the inside of a room except that the ground is covered with pebbles.
The other corner has a mini-garden setting with brighter lightings. The little cafe has several large paintings hanging on the walls, on the tables and on the ground.
Naug Cafe serves mainly beverages and desserts. Their signature dessert is butter waffles with a selection of ice-creams with different flavours. Other desserts include cheesecakes and parfaits.
The "Espresso ginger ale" is a not-so-common coffee option — so I went for it. The beverage is served with ice-cold ginger ale in a glass, added with some slices of lime, and a shot of espresso in a coffee pourer.
I empty the espresso onto the ginger ale and watch as the dark coffee diffuses down the clear carbonated drink. The coffee also reacts with the gases to create a layer of foam above the drink. The cold, sweet and carbonated espresso ginger ale is a nice and unique drink to have on a hot day, especially when it is hard to choose between a usual cup of coffee or a cold fizzy drink.
Naug Cafe's gula Melaka coconut waffles is topped with a scoop of coconut ice-cream. The butter waffles, topped with dried shredded coconut and sweet gula Melaka (coconut sugar), has ice-cream sticks embedded in them. I guess it is meant to eat the waffles as though they are ice-creams. I let the coconut ice-cream melts on the crispy waffles before eating. This is truly an all-coconut dessert — it's sweet, of course.
Naug Cafe makes another great option for relaxation with coffee or tea and some light desserts.
Naug Cafe (Naug Just Plants’ backyard)
50A, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
9am to 6pm | Closed on Monday