Fairy tales are made of this
It’s hard to believe that you’re in JB when you step through white French doors into the storybook interior. Initially established as a cosy escape for friends to gather and hang out in, in 2 years this cute little outlet has grown into a much-talked about haunt among many outside its regular circle. A team effort, with friends Joey, TC and Halim adding their own inimitable touches to help make That’s Café a product of love, mismatched antique chairs and tables add character to the space while toys and junkyard knick-knacks put the finishing touches to the dreamlike existence.
Upstairs affords some private lounging and a boutique selling vintage and pre-loved items from Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Europe, while the attic is home to a hair salon run by Halim, the man behind the Junk Junkies’ flea market, held monthly on the street outside.
The only alcohol served here is Carlsberg at RM11.90/bottle, RM50/bucket of 5 bottles. Pure fruit juices and yoghurt smoothies are de rigueur with the passion fruit, mango and dragon fruit (RM8.90-RM9.90) leading the pack, but the house speciality is the chocolate coffee (RM6.90 hot, RM7.90 iced, RM8.90 ice-blended). All prices are nett.
Local and Western. Go for the chicken chop (RM15.90), mushroom chicken pasta (RM11.90) and New Zealand mussels (RM12.90/half dozen). All prices are nett.
(images by April Kuan)
55 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bharu , 80000 Johor
07 223 9088
Tue-Fri: 1pm-12mn; Sat & Sun: 2pm-12mn; Mon: Closed.
Mon-Sat: Public parking (wt. coupons) at 40 sen/ half hour, 60 sen/hour between 9am and 6pm, free after; Sun & public holidays: free.
Friends, flea market shoppers and the occasional family.
Indie, Rock, Top 40s
Gentle indie rock and quiet tunes that don’t drown out the conversation.