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“Lots of variety but not all are good.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Harbour Cafe

Harbour Cafe
Block 1, Level 1, Traders Hotel | Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru 79000, Malaysia
(60 7) 560 8888
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Ranked #40 of 513 Restaurants in Johor Bahru
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Dining options: Reservations
Singapore, Singapore
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“Lots of variety but not all are good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We were greeted by display of different spices... & over at the front counter, what amused us is a tray of reading glasses neatly arranged for those who forgot theirs.

As we walk in... we can see that its a good layout where all the buffet spreads on the left & sitting arrangement on the right.

Breakfast at RM50++ (6.30am - 1030am)
Starting with cereal, salad, cold cuts & a small choice of cheese. Followed by sushi, miso & other japanese cold dishes.
Then we have battura, roti canai with dhal & chutney, omelette, nasi lemak & porridge.
Next spread we have the soup noodle, dim sum varieties followed by fried rice/noodle & some chicken/fish/vege dishes.
Right at the back... waffle, pancakes, choices of bread, cakes. 5 juices to choose from & self served coffee/tea machine.

Dinner at RM98++ (6.30pm - 11pm)
Start off with choices of cheese & salad followed by sashimi & sushi.
Next spread serves cold crabs, prawns & mussels (no oysters).
Followed next is Indian cuisine with tandoori, naan, chutney which is next to pasta selections.
Choices of stew followed by roast beef & ribs. (Love this)
Chinese cuisine is next in the line with laksa curry, chicken broth soup, dim sum & pau.
Last in line is the same with freid rice/noodle & some chicken/fish/vege dishes.
Dessert area sets up with lots of cheese cake, malay cake, white & chocolate fondue fountain, ice-cream & pudding. Drinks are the same.

Not all the food are to our liking but the sashimi, roast beef, ribs, cheese cake... cold cuts, local cuisine make up for it.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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pasay, philippines
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127 reviews 127 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“Good buffet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We were on a tour of the Hello Kitty Theme Park and decided to have lunch in the hotel's restaurant. Buffet lunch cost RM 55.00 for adults and RM 27.50 for kids which is not bad for a hotel. Plenty of choices from appetizers to main course. One problem with this restaurant and the hotel is that there is no money changer. If you do not have RM, then you will have to pay using your credit card.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Very Good buffet with Extraordinary Service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We ate lunch for 55++ which is dirt cheap. The spread is decent and most of the items actually taste decently good. Sidenote: for lunch there is only crabs and mussels and no sashimi but it wasn't really lacklustre. Honestly I dont mind paying 65++ if there was sashimi and prawns as well. Highlights for food includes most of the starter salads were good, masala chicken, braised duck, desserts.

Okay now why I said service was so good, the tables was cleared quickly, staff were always friendly and mingling with children and adults. they still inform you of the free coffee and tea machines by the side which is complimentary. I wanted cold desserts and they were more than pleased to take fresh ones from the fridge for me. Ice cream(I would prefer a slightly better variant in my honest opinion) was served instead of self serve. I also thought the creme brulee was a bit too sweet.

However, I will definitely be back especially for dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Excellent buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Having come from the UK to work in Nusajaya in 2010, the opening of Traders has been much awaited and so far, does not disappoint. We have visited the buffet twice during the Hari Raya season and on both occasions it has been excellent. The food is of good quality and the choice unbelievable. The service is also really good. The sky bar is worth a visit too - although we found the drinks a little on the pricey side. We will be back, keep up the good work!

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Harbour Cafe ... excellent spread!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by Jasni, the concierge at the hotel. We told him we were there for dinner, he ushered us to the |Harbour Cafe. As our conversation went along while on the escalator, to our delight, we were brought on a mini site inspection by Jasni. Breathtaking view of the harbour (although with the lingering haze). We saw the fitness club, which extends membership to the public, pool and the soon-to-be opened SkyBar. The spa is not operational yet. All in all, it is a hotel worth staying for a quick getaway when it is fully opened.

While at the Harbour Cafe, we were greeted with a very good spread. It is an international buffet like every Shang and Traders hote;. Excellent spread with great details put into every section. Service was fantastic at the beginning because there were lesser customers but as the tables gets filled up, our plated were cleared at a slower pace but that was not a big worry.

The spread starts with
Cold dishes - try different kinds of cheese, salads and cold salads.
Japanese - did not try this. My colleague vouch that the sahimi is very FRESH!
Cold seafood - FRESH and succulent crabs, giant prawns, crayfish and mussels cocktail sauces,
tobasco, lime and lemon
Indian - tandoori chicken, roti canai, curries, papadum, naan, briyani
Stews - 4 types - beef, lamb, chicken and vegetable
BBQ - tender rack of beef, roasted veg, baked potatoes and roasted chicken
Noodles station - they have 5 kinds of noodles, 4 types of veg, dumplings, etc - had the wanton noodles with veg and wanton --- thumbs up!
Dim Sum - 7 kinds of dim sum items, tried the char siew chicken pow and Lor Mai Kai
Local dishes - veg, sambal prawns, garlic beef, kong po chicken and 4 different kinds of crackers
Desserts - huge spead - mini pancakes, mini glass choc mousse, local mua chi with coconut, green bean fritters, dark and white choc fountain, ice cream
Tea and coffee - included in buffet price and it comes with warm milk - which is good :)
RM78++ per adult, 6 to 12 years at 50% discount

We will soon be able to take a ferry from HarbourFront to Traders Puteri Harbour.

My Rating for food 10/10, for service 8/10.

We will be back for more! :)
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    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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