|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|
|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.
|Konig Ludwig Dunkel Beer|
|Magners Irish Cider|
|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.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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
79100 Johor Bahru
+6 07 509 6669