Roost Cafe is one of the earliest cafes along Jalan Dhoby, way before The Replacement, Bev C, Sangkaya, TIP…just to name a few. However, I just recently noticed this cafe and realised that it is founded by the same group of fashionistas who established Bev C Cafe (read my review here), Sea & Saw Cafe as well as the latest Flowers In The Window Cafe (review here).
Located at a corner lot along Jalan Dhoby and opposite Hua Mui, Roost cafe is quite prominent with its grey exterior. To be honest, I’ve passed by it plenty of times but haven’t stepped into it because the counter on the first floor looks quite shabby and seems more like a take-away counter. Furthermore, one of Roost’s main food is frozen yoghurt which I don’t particularly trust because froyos in JB have always disappointed me.
So after you order and pay at the counter, you can climb up to the second floor, but watch your steps as this flight of stairs is really steep. And yes you just have to climb to the second floor as you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.
Wow, the interior is stunning. Everything here is seriously “Recycled and Repurposed”.
This humongous book shelf is so antique, even the books are from the nineties, giving it an overall rustic feel.
There’re also an old-fashioned trolley and a TV that screeches (constantly)!
Look up and you’ll notice its high ceiling full of recycled lamps. Look closer and you’ll spot newspaper cuttings, paint brushes dyed in rainbow colours and even clothes hangers!
Every set of tables and chairs in Roost is made from different recycled materials. Glad to dine in a cafe that advocates the 3Rs and is eco-friendly! 🙂
Mashed Potatoes with Chicken Sausage (RM14.90)
I am a fan of all kinds of potatoes, baked, fried, deep fried (you name it) but just not mashed. I often find mashed potatoes to be too creamy and that makes me nauseous, so I was hesitant to order this but seeing that there’re no other options (other than salad), I had to order this.
Well, this was yet another delightful surprise. The mashed potatoes had the right amount of creaminess and light consistency, which went well with the mushroom sauce. The sausage didn’t taste artificial at all and was flavourful, so I believe it’s homemade and not like any other frozen sausages bought from supermarkets.
Fruity Frozen Yoghurt (RM9.90)
I had already lowered down my expectations of this before I stepped into the shop but Roost’s frozen yoghurt definitely surpassed my expectations, thus I shall crown this the best frozen yoghurt in JB. 🙂
It was quite creamy, not icy, and most importantly, tasted like real yoghurt unlike the other froyos in the market. But still, no match as compared to Llao Llao (PLEASE COME TO JB SOON). On a side note, the strawberries tasted like garlic which was quite distasteful, so I hope Roost take this into account.
Iced Jasmine Tea (RM8.90)
We wanted a refreshing and ice cold tea so we ordered this instead of their signature cold-pressed juices. You should definitely try their juices and pies if you haven’t!
Overall, Roost was quite an impressive cafe, with its out of the world interior and good quality food. A great place to chill with friends and family! 😀
9 Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru 80000, Malaysia
Mon-Sat: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am