Coming from a Singaporean who seldom thinks twice when embarking on a fine dining adventure... I was extremely curious to find out how fine dining in the heart of Johor Bahru would be like - I was extremely disappointed at myself for construing a preconceived stereotype because Chez Papa threw all of that out of the window.
Conveniently located along Jalan Jaya (2 mins walk from Plaza Pelangi - a popular mall in JB all cab drivers would know) the exterior of the restaurant was definitely in need of a make over - but I have second thoughts as well - its best to stay that way so I will not have to worry about making reservations in the future!
There are 2 sides to the restaurant - a Wine bar and a proper sit down dining space.
Service - be prepared to be served by approachable, friendly and unassuming staff who want to serve you the best dinner you can have.
Ambience – you will not feel like you are in the heart of JB. Enough said. =)
Menu – the dinner menu on Chez Papa’s website are evergreen items. Once you settle down in the restaurant, a hand written menu on a board will present to you what's in stall for the week – specials which you have to be there to find out for yourself! The dessert menu comes in the same format as well.
Wine / Drinks – a fairly extensive menu but we did not try it so no comments, although Chez Papa was having a champagne special at an very reasonable price.
French onion soup – 9/10 - as good as it can get, whilst I never liked the cheese and bread on top of the soup, it is supposed to be authentic.
Foie Gras with reduced port wine sauce – 9/10 – extremely savory and seared wonderfully, signature reduced port wine sauce a great way to bring out the flavors.
Lamp Loin Cutlets – 10/10 – when grilled to perfection the lamb fuses nicely with the fats, it screams “Lamb! / Heaven! / Wow!” in your mouth, there are few words which can aptly describe it so I shall stop at here.
Mignon with Truffles – 10/10 – generous, balanced and zero chewiness (no bubble gum effect at all) even when I had it grilled to medium. It was that good. Sauce was slightly salted though.
Crème Brulee – 8/10 – it disappeared before I could try it so I can only evaluate it based on when it arrived in front of my partner.
Banana Flambé – 9/10 – prepared in front of your eyes this was something new to me and I absolutely loved it.
Poulet Cordon Bleu – 10/10 – we had this going in a second night in a row and it is definitely worth mentioning. Its oven baked, subtle crispiness, wonderfully married and absolutely difficult to find another place which whips this up better.
Final thoughts - I am making the effort to brave traffic and customs just for Chez Papa again and again.
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