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“Perfect Restaurant for Our Anniversary!”

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: Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, 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.
San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Perfect Restaurant for Our Anniversary!”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We had booked our reservation with Chez Papa after seeing that it was the #1 restaurant in all of Johor. We are here for our anniversary and wanted to celebrate in an intimate, and romantic, restaurant. We didn't want a huge impersonal restaurant interfering with the feeling and the atmosphere. Jill has lived in France and loves French food so this was the perfect choice!

We feel in love with Chez Papa the second we walked in. It is so quaint and the decor is wonderful. Dominique, the owner, has put a lot of time and effort into making the interior calm, fun and it feels as if you are walking into a classy French bistro.

We sat at a table that was nice and simple. We ordered a fairly priced rose from France and had that with the 5 cheese plate. Delicious and a great start to the evening.

For the entre we had steak with peppercorn sauce and I had chicken stuffed with mushrooms in a cream sauce. Both had sides of vegetables and potato mash.

Simply said: AMAZING. We could not believe how good it was. Usually, when I go to eat, I remember the first few bites and the last few bites. Not this time. Every single bite had more flavor and made us remember what it is like to eat food that is made with love by the chef.

We then had desert and a glass of brandy each. We were full but we were not going to pass these by as the night was special and we wanted to truly celebrate and enjoy every second of it.

Dominique, who we had watched bring food out during dinner, give advice to staff, and make sure everything was perfect, stopped by and asked us how we were doing. We thanked him and told him that this was the perfect dinner for our anniversary. The rest of the staff always smiled, was friendly and the service was excellent.

Honestly, we can not think of a restaurant we have enjoyed more at this point. We will go back again for another meal before we leave as we know we will have a hard time finding a restaurant this good soon.

  • Visited October 2013
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3 Thank SalsaAram
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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“Want more...and more...”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

I visited Chez Papa with my friends during our holiday at early 2013. The waitresses were very welcomed and friendly. We were warmly greeted. The decoration was also very warm and somehow, unusually attractive to me. I had really got the comfortable and homely feeling there. I observed many pictures and the other stuffs that hanged on the wall while waited the food to be served and actually it was very interesting just to see around.

The best I can say is that the food was very delicious. That night, I tried escargot and Wagyu beef. Very yummy… If I had not felt shy to my friend’s boyfriend who treated us, I would have willingly eaten extra more-more food (lol). Overall, experience overall was very charming. It was delightful dinner. Will be very-very happy to return and try the other dishes!!xxx

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Hikma H
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Jakarta
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“Come to chef papa!”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

It was my first time to Malaysia and my relative invited me to have dinner in Chef Papa.
I was a little bit surprised when he told me that we'll have French for dinner when the place is "somewhere" in Johor. But when I came in, I felt a warm atmosphere in here. The place is very small but it's very cozy plus you will be welcomed with warm service.
I have to admit as well that Chef Papa can bring me some great experience for my tongue even though the food are some dish you can find at anywhere around the world. But I have to say that Chef Papa is really something. The food is so tasty and delicious! For Muslims, you don't have to worry about the dish, it's halal, guys! So come to Chef Papa!

  • Visited January 2013
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2 Thank Ziniza
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“"Escargots Addiction"”
Reviewed 10 September 2013 via mobile

Visiting Chez Papa kind of ritual every single time I went to JB. The decor of the place very unique with dim light makes it very romantic atmosphere. The food was really fabulous and absolutely brilliant.

I always cannot get enough of escargots. Ordered every time I went there and will be ordered if I go to CP. It was blend of garlic, cumin (I assumed) and butter made its very rich flavour. It was fab with bread. Hmmm ... so yummie. From time to time they always served good quality and same good taste.

From starting, main and desert menu are fab. Whatever I take, I never disappointed for everything served on my table.

Thank you for always serve the best. Xxx

  • Visited August 2013
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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“Surprisingly pretty good”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Met up with some friends a couple of weeks back. This is a really really nice place with warm cosy ambiance.

The mushroom room is excellent as always. We shared caesar salad. I really liked the amount of cheese added. I took some bites of Rizolli or Rissole... do not know the spelling and it was really good. I mean I see them eating and talking about it a lot from watchinf the Mob TV series, The Sopranos.

But the killer for me is the "Seafood Soup with Saffron" which was simple divine not that I know what divine food taste like. The fish was juicy and I scooped the soup to the end. It was thoroughly satisfying. The rest is as usual. We had some wine and cheese.

The staff is nice and pleasant. I would not rate them very highly but they good enough.

We are meeting here again the next time. And I am dying to taste the very yummy looking lamb chop one of us had. Just have to like run a couple of miles, be a really health and fit before I eat that.

Go, I do believe you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Nomadisrunning
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