Friday, 9 October 2015

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Views from Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour


Magnum Sports Café, Puteri Harbour


Taking up a prime piece of real estate in Puteri Harbour, guests will find no shortage of entertainment at Magnum Sports Café. When not glued to the multitude of screens running the latest sports events, cheering on a favourite team (and ribbing a mate over an opposing team), or concentrating on a game of pool or darts, entertainment can be found in the happenings of the immediate surrounds. People watch as families, youngsters, couples and friends stroll up and down the bordering boardwalk and, partake in a spot of envious dreaming inspired by the ivory white yachts docked in the water just metres away.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Semi-Outdoor Seating
Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Magnum Sports Cafe
Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Big Screens
Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
The Nissan Room

It’s not just the eyes that get a feast of fun, taste buds get in on the action too. Over 30 bottled beers and ciders are offered from around the world. From blonde to brunette, sweet to bitter, there’s something for all manner of likings. Not ones to shy away from choice we wrap our lips around: a Magners Irish Cider; German Konig Ludwig Dunkel; an Aussie Crown Lager; and a Grimbergen Blonde. All are crisply chilled and poured in their own styled glass when appropriate.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Grimbergen Blonde
Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Konig Ludwig Dunkel Beer
Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Magners Irish Cider
Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Crown Lager - An Aussie Drop

Looking for something harder? A full list of bottom shelf spirits are at the ready for mixing, and some premium spirits thrown in too. The standard cocktails are listed on the menu, and at the end of the night we sample something sweet as dessert: an ambrosial blend of Baileys, Kahlua and Amaretto.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Dessert Cocktail

While hubby doesn’t mind a beer or two I’m much more of a wine gal. The list at Magnum Sports Café however is limited to say the least. The problem is quickly fixed though by Rouge, a retail shop for fine wine and spirits, that’s located right next door. We decide we need some red to go with our food order at Magnum Sports Café and share with the manager our preferences. He proposes a number of choices and we end up with three (we’re with friends!) bottles of red to take away: an Italian Nero D’Avola, a Napa Valley Zinfandel and a Lebanese red.

Back at the café, the food menu is what you might expect for a sports bar: lots of fried items, enormous burgers, pizzas and pastas. Each dish is colossal in size, powerfully flavoured, and good value for money.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Vegetarian Pizza

For late afternoon picking, a platter of deep fried bits makes a tasty entrant. Plump puffy onions rings, chicken and fish, are all enveloped in a dry crisp batter maintaining a good crunch on the outside, whilst keeping the wadding within moist and succulent. A pot of fries finishes off the plate. Some mayo, mustard and fresh salsa, are for the dipping if so desired. Any one of the bubbly brews we began with wash this plate down nicely.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Platter of Deep Fried Items

A whopping square plate holds cheesy Beef Quesadillas. A tangle of salad and bucket of gently seasoned crisps are ignored as we dig into the warm satisfying triangles of oozy goodness. They’re that Tex Mex style where every corner of the mouth gets hit with flavour and we feel each bite slide down into our tummies in a gratifying glide of pleasure.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Beef Quesadillas

Pasta too is another item bursting with pizazz. Our Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio is cooked so that the pasta strings are al dente and coated with a light luscious varnish of the mildly spicy seasoning. Plump prawns that rim a half circle of the plate are given an added splash of luxury with a black caviar crest. The last drops of the Nero D’Avola finish off this tasty plate splendidly.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Known for their burgers, 4 inch, 6 inch and the “Ultra“ (where if you manage to eat the entire burger in less than 20 minutes, it’s on the house – no one has yet done it), we have to have one. Going for the six-inch double beef patty the meat is layered with cheese, lettuce and tasty sauces.  Buns are custom made and the result is… delicious.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
6 Inch Burger

Another enormous plate holds a tower of lamb. Halved baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes and lightly cooked snow peas cushion the bottom pushing the lamb upwards almost gauding us to try to resist. A mint glaze tops off the meat with a touch of sweet herbiness, and we wash this down with the Wente Zinfandel from next door.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Lamb

During this visit the café is yet to launch desserts but plans on introducing some favourites in line with the American sports bar theme such as cheesecake, brownie and ice cream. For now though we conclude with the Lebanese red. Our clever host has decanted it about half an hour ago so it’s had just enough oxygen to bring warm aromas to the rim of our glasses and enter our mouths with good structure. It finishes quickly, and after this substantial meal we’re relieved with the lighter conclusion. Hubby’s soccer team scores a goal and the night ends all round on a high.

Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Wente Zinfandel
Magnum Sports Cafe, Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru
Lebanese Wine from Rouge (next door)

Reasons to visit: prime location by the harbour; plentiful screens for sports enthusiasts; large tasty American café style meals; over 30 international beers by the bottle.

Magnum Sports Café
Puteri Harbour
79100 Johor Bahru
Malaysia
+6 07 509 6669


14 comments:

  1. That 6-inch sure looks good! Anything to do with the 4-D lottery, this place?

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    1. I don't know of any association with 4D. Can you believe the 6 inch is only the middle sized burger?!

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  2. I am not a sports fan, (well, I do love bowling, though), however, this doesn't stop me from appreciating the wonder of this amazing place! The decor and ambiance are perfect for sports lovers, and the portions are incredibly large, generous and beautifully presented! I would grab that lamb dish in a second! Amazing place, great review, lovely photos. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I'm with you Linda - sports are not my thing either. I quite liked our perch with views over the harbour.

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  3. Monica and hopefully not 6 inch burger Cordobes !!!
    Judgement - judgement.
    Certainly a lovely location with plenty of outdoor space etc.
    Great to see so many sports channels available - no doubt the first Tuesday of November, the big screen would be on Melbourne??? A Malay tycoon has a horse generally running in a BIG race that day.

    I think bottle beer pouring could be improved - the "heads" are far too big, then one doesn't want a "headless" beer - most un-Aussie. I can't understand the Germans and the amount of froth that they
    have in their steins!

    Food - Sea platter. I think again those chips look what I call "Yankie / Pommy" soggy.
    And no way will calamari go down my throat - Yuck!

    I am glad I am fortunately here not watching my Junior triplet gorging and stuffing his mouth around that
    burger. I trust Monica you are looking the other way as if you have never seen the "Brat"???

    That lamb looks very fatty and greasy to boot. I think "Mothers roast Lamb" would any day better that display.

    Cool change here - now into day 2. It better warm up on the weekend and then for the next 2 weeks
    when I am stuffing myself on fresh seafood on the Terrigal area coast.

    Oh yes - remember your livers?????

    Cheers
    El Colin Cordobes

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    1. Oh yes, that's right, our livers!
      I'm also a little fussy with heads on beers - I'd much prefer to pour my own - although I'm not really a beer drinker, but I do have a bartenders qualification and some time behind the bar in Aussie pubs up my sleeve.
      I do have a fun photo of Jr. wrapping his jaws around that burger - the mouth actually gets around it! It is only the middle sized burger however - can you believe there's one of a larger size?
      Ooh yes, Melbourne Cup coming up soon. I've never actually been. I'd like to one day though.
      Terrigal - beautiful spot. There used to be a hotel on the waterfront down there that did a chocolate buffet - worth the travels for some young university gals at the time. ;-)

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    2. Yes - the old Famous Florida Hotel - now is a member of the Holiday Inn chain - well it was
      last year - they keep changing ownership.
      Had my first holiday as a then student with a heap of mates at the Florida - oh did we ever play up - our parents would have killed us. I must be truthful on that one.
      We were like young bulls let loose - Cordobes Junior would have loved it!

      The beer garden is huge now. Plenty of restaurants also and sports oriented bars.
      BUT with no competition - they know HOW to CHARGE. Disgraceful really.
      "Only for the chocolate buffet" ????????????? - pull another leg - what about those bronzed life savers,eh???

      Cheers
      El Colin Cordobes
      PS: Junior, Monica is telling little fibbies!

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    3. Oops
      It is now the Crowne Plaza Terrigal
      Here's the link.
      Might bring back some of those "university visits weekends" for Chocolate Buffets and other
      activities - ha ha.
      http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/terrigal/teras/hoteldetail

      El Colin Cordobes

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  4. When I saw the name, I thought ice cream would be their main menu. That seafood spaghetti aglio olio...those prawns certainly take centre stage....they are big and plentiful! ;)

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    1. I think of the ice cream too, that and those super huge bottles of Champagne!

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  5. He he... I can't believe that you can get Magners there too. ;)
    Have you tried Old Mout Cider Kiwi & Lime?
    Yeah, a New Zealand based cider company but brewed in EU! Ha ha...
    Just like my Mac, designed in California but made in China.

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  6. that looks like one of the mightiest burgers i've seen in recent memory! :D

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  7. Love those vibrant colors...and the food looks pretty good, too.

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  8. I applaud your post ;-))) I would definitely go for German Konig Ludwig Dunkel and Aussie Crown Lager. Those beers with a plate of deep fried items is without doubt a winning dish for the beer girl here!

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