JB Cafe: Padi Kopitiam (稻香咖啡) @ Bandar Johor Bahru
Padi Kopitiam (Jalan Trus branch) is located along Jalan Trus, just besides Zenith Lifestyle Centre. It is an easy short walk from KOMTAR JBCC or City Square Shopping Centre. The cafe is right besides Attrus Bed & Breakfast and is connected to the hostel — guests of Attrus B&B can enjoy discounts at the cafe.
The newly-renovated cafe is spacious with traditional kopitiam (coffee shop) settings — round tables with stools.
The inner section looks more like a modern restaurant. The two signs above the kitchen says "roti bakar" (toast, 香烤面包) and "ground coffee" (现磨咖啡), which are two components of the coffee-toast-eggs traditional breakfast sets commonly found in Chinese coffee shops across Malaysia.
Polo buns and egg tarts are kept in the glass shelf near the counter. They looked delicious.
Apart from butter-kaya toast breakfast set, Padi Kopitiam also serves a wide range of local delights such as nasi lemak, mee siam, curry laksa, etc. Their specialty snacks include curry puffs, goreng pisang (crispy fried banana), fried rice cakes, popiah, etc.
Padi Kopitiam's two treasures (稻香二宝) are the freshly baked Padi Snowy Polo Bun (白雪菠萝包) and Crispy Mini Egg Tart (玲珑蛋挞) that are in the glass shelf. It will be cheaper to order more instead of one of each — better to go in a group. There is a third treasure, which is their freshly-roasted coffee.
The crispy mini egg tart is actually Portuguese egg tart with layered puff pastry. The caramelised custard melts in the mouth and not too sweet. The pastry crust is crispy and flaky.
The snowy polo bun has crispy, milk-white topping with a milky aroma.
The polo bun is ultra-soft and has cheesy filling.
I have tried Padi Kopitiam's three treasures and will try their roti bakar and main dishes next.
Padi Kopitiam (稻香咖啡)
82-B1, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
8am ~ 6pm