Friday, March 30, 2018

Flowers in the Window @ Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru

Flowers in the Window sounds so poetic that I want to check it out. It's only on our second cafe-hopping trip in Johor Bahru that we found this cafe, which happens to be the other brainchild from the founders of Roost, Bev C and Sea & Saw and happens to sit just beside Roost. Okay, we admit, our eyes tah stamp. Being an occasional JB-cafe-hopper, I gotta admit that Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Trus still seem like a maze to me. Anyway. Opened in early 2016, Flowers in the Window has attracted many cafe-goers for two main reasons.

1. Insta-worthy ambience with dried flowers hanging everywhere.
2. It's a cafe in JB so I gotta visit if not I am gonna lose out to my hipster cafe-hopper friends.

Like always, we had our routine of walking aimlessly in City Square after a heavy breakfast, usually at Canton-i (trust me, their dim-sum menu is mo tak teng [damn nice no joke]) and getting our contact lenses. Trust me, again, get your contact lenses there. It's 30% cheaper than Singapore's. The best place limbeh found so far is a shop named OOPPA, located on the third floor of City Square. #notsponsored


This time, we had our shopping break at a nearby cafe at the usual Jalan Dhoby/Trus stretch. You probably guessed it by now - Flowers in the Window.
As recommended by the staff, we got a slice of one of their top-sellers, Rose and Pistachio cake. However, contrary to its pretty insta-worthy looks with its inedible rose buds (too hard for human consumption anyway). What we expect to be nice and fluffy turns out to be dry, crumbly and tasteless. The only compensation was the whipped cream and jam in between the layers.

I can't remember what's the name of the other, it tasted like Dates so let's call it Date cake. This one is moist and flavourful, and topped with shredded carrots. Perfect with a cup of coffee to drain all the tiredness away from the shopping.
Other than its flower themed interior, Flowers in the Window has a second storey which has more dining space and a cosy (although a little old and messy) balcony for your Instagram needs. All in all, Flowers in the Window has a relaxing atmosphere to serve as a resting point between your shopping sprees, food-wise, at least for desserts, definitely needs improvement. That aside, they do have cute goodies, like books and various stationeries, for sale from time to time.

Flowers in the Window Cafe

9 Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru 80000, Malaysia

Mon-Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Closed on Tuesdays