Italian

Cafe Caffe

by Keeta B. on Tue, December 09, 2008

This school holidays if you happen to be in JB, drop by Cafe Caffe for some delicious Italian bites.

Each tiramisu slice is prepared with love

Foodster's Verdict

Cafe Caffe
  • Address

    No 270, Jalan Persiaran 1, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru
    Tel: 07 237 0233

  • Open

    11.30 am - 10 pm. Closed Thursday.

  • Pros

    Affordable Italian

  • Cons

    It's all the way in JB

  • Price Range

    RM 30

  • Parking

    Canlah

  • Certification

    Pork Free

If you’re looking for a little taste of Italy in the heart of Johor Bahru, look no further than Cafe Caffe, a cozy little restaurant that unassumingly serves up some of the best home-made Italian cuisine at irresistible prices. Hearty, wholesome and delicious, this is chef and proprietor Mr Wong Wui Leong’s (affectionately known to regulars as “Mr. Wong”) recipe for success.

After 13 years of eating at Cafe Caffe, a trip back to Johor Bahru is never complete without a visit to the establishment and ordering was -as always -a breeze.

Almost everything on the menu is good, I kid you not. We started with the mixed bruschetta, a tantalizing mix of 3 types of toppings- tomatoes and herbs, mixed mushrooms and mussels, drizzled with olive oil served on crispy bite-sized slices of baguette.

Next, a long-time favourite - Pasta Al Forno Con Scampi, spaghetti topped with prawns cooked in a light tomato cream sauce, sprinkled with a generous helping of mozzarella and baked to succulent, mouth-watering perfection. For those allergic to seafood, a great alternative would be the Pasta Al Forno Con Pollo, which retains all the gooey deliciousness with bolognaise sauce (chicken or beef) instead.

Surprisingly, Cafe Caffe is also a vegetarian’s dream come true, as the vegetable pastas are just as good. Try the Pasta All Vedure, spaghetti tossed with olive oil, garlic and chilli and fresh broccoli, zucchini and mushrooms, or the ‘hot and spicy’ pasta pesto.

Pizzas are also high on the list of things to order here, my personal favourite being the simple but satisfying Mushroom pizza, a thin-crust hand tossed pizza with a generous helping of wild mushrooms topped with thick, chewy cheese.

After all that make sure you leave room for dessert because I have truly saved the best for last. Cafe Caffe serves some of the best tiramisu EVER, which would have a true Italian begging for more. Light and creamy mascarpone cheese with the right balance of espresso mixed into soft layers of sponge fingers, complemented by just a hint of bitterness from the cocoa powder dusted lightly on top. Each slice of tiramisu is prepared with love by Mr Wong himself, and his commitment to creating the perfect tiramisu experience every time is to never serve it before it has spent the mandatory 6 hours of chill time in the refrigerator. Pair it with a hot Lavazza coffee for a truly heavenly end that will have you shouting Mamma Mia! on the top of your lungs!

Other high-notes are the Calamari Salad, Garlic Bread, Salami Pineapple Calzone and Italian baked chicken.

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