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IT Roo Cafe, Johor Bahru

IT Roo Cafe, Johor Bahru

IT Roo Café in Johor Bahru claims to serve the best chicken chop in town – and judging from the crowd and queue when I paid them a visit, that claim must have been true. Either that, or it’s the hype. Jien and I got ourselves a table inside IT Roo, where space is a luxury and tables are placed just a few inches apart from one another.

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Fried chicken chop with mushroom gravy

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Fried chicken chop with black pepper sauce

Most people opt for the Chicken Chop 2 eggs (RM18) but their star product is the Chicken Chop (RM16), which come with a sauce option of black pepper or mushroom. You can choose to have it golden fried or grilled, but from what I noted, most go for the fried version.

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Crispy exterior and still juicy centre

Portion was fair and the chicken chop boasted a crispy exterior and still juicy centre. I liked this better than the version at Hua Mui just down the road as the chicken isn’t as dry. I liked the black pepper sauce better as there was a bit more flavour to it compared to the mushroom sauce. The latter is milder and didn’t do much to add flavour to the chicken.

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Kueh Tiaw Cantonese

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Pretty good stuff

What really impressed me at IT Roo Café was the Kueh Tiaw Cantonese (RM7.50) which was of good portion and smelt delicious. The flat rice noodles had a good dose of char and the gravy was thick, flavour packed and laced with egg. One of the better Cantonese style noodles I’ve eaten, I reckon.

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Root beer float

I didn’t care much for the root beer float (RM6.50) because it wasn’t cold enough. Plus, I suspect the ice cream used isn’t of good quality as it wasn’t creamy. Service was efficient despite the full house, which I appreciated. We didn’t have to wait long for our food to arrive.

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Overall, I found IT Roo decent. Though the chicken chop wasn’t fantastic nor was it the best I’ve eaten, it makes a good enough meal if you’re ever around the area. I wouldn’t mind having the Kueh Tiaw Cantonese again if I were to revisit.

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Go for the fried chicken chop with black pepper sauce. I feel that combo works best.

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IT Roo Café
17, Jalan Dhoby,
Bandar Johor Bahru,
80000 Johor.
Business hours: Noon till 9pm
Tel: 07-222 7780
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