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“Well worth the journey from Singapore”

Chez Papa French Bistro and Wine Bar
Ranked #1 of 902 Restaurants in Johor Bahru
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Established in 1999. Traditional French Regional Cuisine. Cheerful and comfortable Bistro decor. Considered Fine Dinning by some customers. Adjoining Wine Bar with cozy ambience. Extensive wine list, large selection of cocktails and International beers by the bottle.
Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Well worth the journey from Singapore”
Reviewed July 26, 2010

As I return to the UK after 19 months, I realise I will miss this restaurant more than any of the others I have been to. Yes, it's tricky to get to (though think of it as an adventure!): yes, the area is unattractive and sometimes noisy. But to step inside this wonderful place is to be transported into a slightly old-fashioned version of France. The bar and restaurant beautifully complement each other, the food is exquisite, the waiters don't rush you and you pay a fair price for a truly gastronomic experience. I visited Chez Papa 5 times during my stay and now wish it had been 10!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere but the outside is...”
Reviewed July 9, 2010

Nice atmosphere but the outside is terrible! Prices are steep. Still don't want to go to a restaurant where I feel like I'm about to be mugged.

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Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Authentic French food & wine, with atmosphere”
Reviewed June 18, 2010

The location is terrible -- it comprises 2 shophouses amongst car repair shops, hardwae shops, etc. So it had been a secret patronised mainly by Westerner expatriates, but no longer. Now locals come here for authentic French food too, and one has to book ahead, even on weekdays. The staff know a thing or 2 about service and the food is very good. Prices are steep.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Sincere and sublime French Cuisine that warms your heart but doesnt harm the pocket”
Reviewed June 3, 2010

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.

Food –
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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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food,great wine,good value good seviceand wonderful ambience”
Reviewed June 1, 2010

I have eaten there every night for a week. The restaurant has an extensive delicious menu and it would take a good month to sample all the great food. Very good wines from around the world are available for reasonable prices. The staff are very friendly and the restaurant is run very professionally by a husband and wife team who are both qualified chefs. The ambience is great and I have made friends there just from sitting at the bar and having a chat. It is an oasis in Johor Bahru. The only problem is parking as it is everywhere in the city but the owners have hired staff to help with patrons' parking.

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