21 Cheap & Good Food Near JB City Square & KOMTAR JBCC

JB City Square is strategically located close to the border checkpoint.

The mall is an ideal place for tourists (especially Singaporeans) to refuel themselves with food before continuing on their journey.

Did you know that apart from the various food choices that you can get in the mall, there are also many more choices just a walking distance away?

I am here to share with you on what to eat in City Square JB as well as what to eat NEAR City Square JB for those who would like to explore further.

What To Eat At City Square JB

1. Teochew Chendul City Square

You do not need to travel all the way to Penang for their famous Teochew Chendul because it can be found here!

Teochew Chendul City Square Johor Bahru

Also read: What To Eat In Johor Bahru (11 Categories Of Food Choices!)

This Asian JB City Square food is a MUST to have in your list as they serve these yummy foods:

  • Wide variety of flavoured chendul (you can even find Durian flavour!)
  • Assam Laksa
  • Rojak (more to the sweet side compared to the tangy taste rojak in Singapore)
  • Fried Popiah with Laksa Dip

Teochew Chendul City Square JB

Location: MF-19A, Level 3, City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-207 0264
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm
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2. Bornga, JB City Square

This is a place I will go to when I miss my Korean barbeque food because although Bornga can also be found in Singapore it is quite pricey there.

Bornga City Square JB

Don’t miss trying this good food in JB City Square with recommended food such as:

  • Grilled Beef or Pork
  • Banchan (Rice served with many small portioned dishes)
  • Bibimbap
  • Spicy Tofu
  • Kimchi Pancake

Tips: Don’t worry about grilling your own meat because the friendly staff there would do it for you.

Location: MF-23, Level 3, City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-207 2334
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Price Range: RM50 – RM60 per person

 

3. Meng Meng Roasted Duck City Square

Meng Meng Roasted Duck is one of the famous Chinese based City Square JB food.

Meng Meng Roasted Duck City Square JB

Also read: 11 Best Seafood Restaurant In JB

They really prove their restaurant’s name worthy because their roasted duck is amazing and you must also try the dishes below:

  • Char Siew (marinated to perfection)
  • Roasted Pork Belly
  • Beancurd (served with curry)
  • Fish Head Curry
  • Chicken Feet
Location: MF-21A-22, Level 3, City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-276 9822
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm
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4. Ming Ang Confectionery City Square

Usually, before I head back to Singapore, I will stop by Ming Ang Confectionary City Square branch to purchase their pastries.

Ming Ang City Square JB

What I love about their pastries is that it is freshly baked daily and these are the items you should try:

  • Heong Peah (durian flavour available!)
  • Tau Sa Peah
  • Chicken Siew Pau
  • Instant White Coffee
  • Crispy Silver Anchovy Chilli Sauce

Tips: Staff in this shop will normally offer you samples, so do try them out!

Location: MF-03-04, Level 3, City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-288 1638
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm
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5. Din Tai Fung City Square

I will surely pay a visit to this City Square JB food restaurant Din Tai Fung to fix my craving of dim sum because it costs half the price here compared to Singapore!

Din Tai Fung City Square JB

There are too many delicious dishes but I would recommend these:-

  • Xiao Long Bao
  • Pork Chop or Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Braised Beef Noodle Soup
  • Spicy Egg Tofu with Minced Pork
  • Crispy Shrimp & Pork Wontons

Also read: 12 Best Dim Sum In JB That Really Taste Like Hong Kong Dim Sum!

Din Tai Fung City Square Johor Bahru

Tips: You might need to wait for about 20-30 minutes for your table.

Location: Lot J2-06, 07, 08, 09, Level 2, City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-207 0069
Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday & Public Holidays: 10:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 9:45pm
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6. Ho Seng Kee Wanton Mee

If you are still asking me what City Square JB food that you must grab, hands down I will tell you to go to this Chinese restaurant Hong Seng Kee.

Their signature dish is their wanton mee because the noodles are handmade with duck and chicken eggs with wheat flour and no preservative used.

Ho Seng Kee Wanton Mee City Square JB

These are the variation of their noodles:

  • Dry Noodles (Original/Black Sauce/Spicy)
  • Soup Noodles
  • Served with minced pork, char siew and wantons
Location: J6-07, Level 6, City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +6012-710 7140
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Price: RM8.90 for Medium & RM13.90 for Large
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7. Dontaku City Square

Another good food in JB City Square is this quaint little Japanese restaurant called Dontaku City Square.

Dontaku City Square JB

Also read: Top 13 Food & Restaurants Near Legoland Malaysia

They serve reasonably priced food with a vast variety of fresh Japanese cuisine and I would recommend for you to try these out:

  • ANY of their ramen! (the broth that they used are top-notch yummy served with springy noodles)
  • Bento sets (very generous portion)

Tips: This is the place to go if you want privacy while you are having your meal.

Location: MF-19, Level 3, City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-278 1328
Opening Hours: Daily: 11:30am – 10:00pm

 

8. Miyakori Coffee

And to end my “What To Eat At JB City Square” journey, I will be going for my dessert break! If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place that you want to be in!

Miyakori Coffee City Square JB

Their cakes and drinks come with cute cartoon imprints and you should definitely try their signature Peanut Chocolate Cake, Waffles and Matcha Latte.

Miyakori Coffee City Square Johor Bahru

Location: J5-19, Level 5, City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-595 2608
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00am – 10:00pm
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What To Eat Near City Square JB

If you feel like exploring out to taste more delicious JB City Square food, I have a list of places on what to eat near city square JB.

9. Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory

This pastry shop has the BEST JB Banana Cake baked in an oven using charcoal which gives the cake an aroma you can’t resist.

Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory JB

Other than their famous banana cake, I highly recommend you to try the below:

  • Coconut Bun
  • Peanut Bun
  • Otak-otak Bun
  • Butter Cake
  • Coffee Cake

Banana Cakes From Hiap Joo Bakery In Johor Bahru

Tips: They do not provide tables, so you would need to take-away your orders and try to be there before 12pm as their banana cakes sells out really fast.

Location: 13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Bandar Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-223 1703
Opening Hours: Daily: 7:30am – 5:00pm
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10. Kam Long Restaurant (Curry Fish Head)

I am not kidding you when I say this is by far the best curry fish head I have ever tasted! Be ready to add on another plate of white rice.

Kam Long Restaurant JB

This flavourful thick sauce is not too spicy that it overwhelms you and it is served with tau kee, long beans, cabbage and ladies fingers.

Also read: 15 Must Eat Food Near KSL City Mall

Kam Long Curry Fish Head

Location: 74, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Bandar Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +6016-752 8382
Opening Hours: Daily: 8:00am – 4:00pm

 

11. Restoran Ya Wang

This Chinese Restaurant which is also known as Duck King is the pioneer for their herbal roast duck with its juicy tender meat and crispy roasted skin.

Restoran Ya Wang Johor Bahru

They do serve other dishes which is worth to try such as:

  • Roast Pork
  • Sambal Kangkung
  • Tofu
  • Lotus Soup

Restaurant Ya Wang JB

Location: 28, Jalan Segget, 80000 Bandar Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-224 8624
Opening Hours: Daily: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Price Range: RM20 – RM53

 

12. The Replacement – Lodge & Kitchen

Feel like going for something ‘Wester-ny’? Then you can head on to this Melbourne inspired restaurant for your brunch especially.

The Replacement-Lodge&Kitchen JB

Also read: 13 Best Cafe In Johor Bahru (Cafe Checklist For Party, Work Or Relaxing!)

I really like this place for its famous Breakfast Platter (oh so yummy!) but you can also give it a try on this recommended food:

  • Crab Meat Aglio-Olio
  • Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
  • Churros with Chocolate/ Salted Egg Dip

The Replacement - Lodge & Kitchen Johor Bahru

Tips: Take note that their bed & breakfast lodge closed down recently

Location: 33 – 34, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +6012-547 7885
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday to Sunday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
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13. IT Roo Cafe Famous Chicken Chop

Hands down this is the best Hainanese Chicken Chop I have ever had due to its tender meat coated with crispy chicken skin served with either black pepper or mushroom sauce.

IT Roo Café Jalan Dhoby JB

You can also opt for their grilled version if you don’t want to have their deep fried chicken and each dish is accompanied with a portion of potato wedges and coleslaw.

IT Roo Cafe Chicken Chop

Location: 17, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-222 7780
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00am – 9:30pm

 

14. Salahuddin Bakery

Salahuddin Bakery is another well-known JB City Square food located along Jalan Dhoby and has been operated for four generations now.

Salahuddin Bakery

They are known for their delicious triangular curry puffs stuffed with a generous filling of either mutton, chicken or potatoes as well as their freshly charcoal baked bread.

Location: 26, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +6012-766 8380
Opening Hours: Daily: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Closed On: Friday

 

15. Amaya Food Gallery

Amaya Food Gallery is a mixed Asian & Western Restaurant with a Thai background and I really love the concept of being able to view the chefs in action.

Amaya Food Gallery @ Amari Hotel Dining Area

They have a wide variety of ala-carte dishes and buffet menu covering the taste of food around Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Western Food.

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Recommended dishes would be:

  • 3 Tier High Tea Set
  • Sous Chef Kanokwan Pungjaroenkijkul signature dishes (Phad Thai Goong, Thai Green Curry & Gai Pad Mamuang)
  • All of their buffets!
Location: 82C, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-266 8888
Opening Hours: Daily: 6:30am – 10:30pm
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Café Near City Square JB

You can go café hopping near City Quare JB as they have many different types of the cafe around.

16. Flowers In The Window

Flower In the Window is where I will go when I feel like having a healthier meal.

Flowers In The Window Café JB

I love the ambience of this place which makes me feel like I am eating in a little flower garden and their dishes have a generous portion of vegetables such as:

  • Cauliflower Super Breakfast
  • Whole chicken leg served with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables with oregano gravy
  • Homemade herbs and spices drinks (you either love or hate it but you must try it once)

Flowers In The Window Café JB Food

Location: 9, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-222 7489
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Close On: Tuesday
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17. TIP, The Ice-Cream Project

Talk about fresh thick creamy and smooth ice-cream! It’s no wonder why some people are willing to wait for their precious scoop of ice cream.

Also read: 11 Cheap & Best Vegetarian Restaurant In Johor Bahru

TIP, The Ice-Cream Project

TIP sells liquid nitrogen ice-cream which is just perfect for the taste bud and you must definitely try their Matcha Ice-cream.

Location: 31, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-207 2021
Opening Hours:
Daily: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 12:00am
Price: RM16 per cup
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18. Restoran Hua Mui

“Don’t judge its book by its cover” is a suitable phrase to define Restoran Hua Mui which is well known among the local patrons.

Restoran Hua Mui JB

Tucked inside this vintage looking restaurant is the most delicious Hainanese Chicken Chop as well as other recommended food such as:

  • Kaya & Butter Charcoal Toast with fresh soft boiled eggs
  • Hainanese Coffee
  • Mongolian Chicken
  • Salted Egg Chicken Chop
Location: 131, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Contact: +607-207 2021
Opening Hours: Daily: 8:30am – 5:30pm
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19. Kedai Kopi Xuu Yau

This is a ‘kampung’ styled shop with just 6 tables available and serving only Wanton Noodles with the options of dried original flavoured or with chilli sauce.

However once you have tasted their homemade egg noodles served with char siew, spring onion and pork lard, you will surely be back for more!

Also read: 19 Kulai Must Try Best Food (Only Local Will Know These!)

Kedai Kopi Xuu Yau

Location: 54, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia (at the junction of Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and Jalan Pahang)
Opening Hours: Daily: 6:30am – 2:30pm
Closed On: Wednesday
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20. Restaurant Kin Wah

You can head on to Restaurant Kin Wah for a nice hearty local breakfast to have their thick aromatic coffee with the right amount of sweetness to it.

Restoran Kin Wah Near City Square JB

Remember to top it up with their crunchy kaya butter toast and soft boiled fresh kampung eggs (don’t forget to try their nasi padang and local kuih delicacies)

Kin Wah Coffee Shop Food

Location: 8, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily: 7:00am – 12:00pm
Closed On: Tuesday

 

Dim Sum Near City Square JB

Getting dim sum in JB is so much cheaper than getting it in Singapore, so that’s a definite plus point!

21. Hock Chiang Hin

To get my dim sum cravings fixed, Hock Chiang Hin is where you would find me which is very near from City Square JB.

Kedai Makanan Hock Chiang Hin Dim Sum at JB

What’s different about their food compared to the Hong Kong styled dim sum is that their handmade dumplings are meatier and more filling. You must try their:

  • Big Pau (with tasty meat fillings inside)
  • Loh Mai Gai (Glutinous Rice with well marinated chicken)
  • Char Siew Pau (Pork Pau)
  • Vegetable Pau

Tips: Dip your dim sum dumplings with their chilli sauce for that nice kick of the food.

Location: 18, Jalan Siu Nam, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily: 6:00am – 1:00pm
Closed On: Sunday

I have now already shared with you 21 things to eat in JB City Square!

All you need to do is to bring along this list when you are at or near JB City Square and you are set to go enjoy the good food.

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