Best Grilled Fish (Ikan Bakar) in Johor Bahru (JB)

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A good platter of grilled fish or more endearingly known as Ikan Bakar is a meal that is capable of perking up even the darkest of days. And what more compelling than looking at the dish being prepared that sets you drooling helplessly. Fish of your choice is smeared with bright chilli concoction and wrapped with banana leaf then grilled to perfection on a large griddle filled with the essence of the sea. Served steaming hot with diced onions and tangy sauce, it’s indisputably delicious. This opens to a question, where in Johor Bahru? Without the need of you splurging money and settling for anything that is short of delicious, keep scrolling.  

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    Tip-Top Ikan Bakar @ Tepian TebrauPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Some of the best foods in Johor Bahru are congregated in Tepian Tebrau food court, and Tip-Top Ikan Bakar certainly adds to the list. The smell of the grilled seafood wafts throughout the air upon walking in, which leads you to this bustling stall, lined with fresh ocean goodness on an icy bed. The best sellers are sea bass and stingray, perfectly grilled with a lip-smacking sauce that blankets the fall-off-the-bone tender flesh, which breaks apart your self-discipline.  

    Tips

    Their grilled squid is amazing too

    Things to expect

    Communal ambiance with far-flung choices of food

    Best with

    Ice Kacang

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Medan Selera Gerai Tepian Tebrau View restaurant

    Jalan Sungai Chat, 80100 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    03:00PM—12:00AM
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    Restoran Queen Park

    Restaurant Queen Park is another renowned place among locals to spoil themselves with a range of local delights. Each turn just increases your hunger pang but what awakens all your senses is the Ikan Bakar stall. Once the delish dish lands on your table, bask in the marvellous aroma and admire the texture and colour of the fish. The juicy and tender fillet shrouded with a lip-smacking sauce with bits of chillies and onions elevates the dish to a further degree.

    Tips

    Opt for extra sauce

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd during peak housr

    Best with

    Assorted local drinks

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Restoran Queen Park View restaurant

    2, Jalan Camar 1, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072323138

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    09:00AM—02:00PM
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    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    Siput Sedut Lemak Cili Padi

    An old-school restaurant that epitomes tranquillity. The real draw here is their cockles fried with chilli padi, and we will talk about it in another article. Other crowd-pleasing options on the menu is their grilled sea bass and hardtail which are equally praiseworthy. Expect a huge slab of fish rested on a banana leaf that is meant for sharing, with the right amount of crisp on the outside, while being juicy and fragrant on the inside. With two types of condiments and a wedge of lime tagging along, play around your tangy and spicy scale. 

    Tips

    Cockles are a must-have

    Things to expect

    Rustic and soothing ambiance

    Best with

    Botok Ikan

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM20.00

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    Siput Sedut Lemak Cili Padi View restaurant

    Jalan Dato Musa, Kampung Pasir, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    11:00AM—04:00PM
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    Sizzling StoneGrill

    Sizzling StoneGrill offers a nice change from the regular Ikan Bakar scene, allowing patrons a little hands-on. What sets them apart from their competitors is diners have the liberty to grill their choice of meat or seafood themselves on a customised hot stone grill. Give a break to sea bass, mackerel and other local catches and opt for their Norwegian Salmon fillet that is fresh and plump. The key here is personalising the charred consistency according to your liking and delving it down piping hot with their chilli concoction. Sides wise - French fries, mixed vegetables, fresh corn and fried rice are contenders, where you can opt for two. For a full-fledged seafood feast, grace the grill with prawns and scallops too. 

    Tips

    Opt for their mixed platter is you need a little meaty ride

    Things to expect

    One-off-a-kind ambiance and experience

    Best with

    Smoothies

    Price

    RM21.90 to RM50.00

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    Sizzling Stonegrill View restaurant

    Ayer Keroh Ground Floor, Aeon Bandaraya Melaka Shopping Centre, No 2, Jalan Lagenda, Taman 1-Lagenda, 75400, Melaka, Melaka
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    062863030

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Warung Pokok CeriPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    This unassuming restaurant ranks high in authenticity by serving local delights such as nasi kerabu with widespread choices of dishes that are easy on the wallet. What not to be missed is their freshly grilled Mackerel which is deftly done over a charcoal fire. With pleasantly charred speckles on the outside and succulent white flesh on the inside, it tows a wonderful smoky flavour that keeps you yearning for more. Expect a quaint and quiet afternoon with friendly locals. 

    Tips

    Various kinds of traditional cakes and sweet desserts available

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd during lunch hours

    Best with

    Nasi Kerabu

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM20.00

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    Warong Pokok Ceri View restaurant

    23, Jalan Inche Besar Zubaidah, Kampung Mahmoddiah, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    07:30AM—02:30PM
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    Sin Kee Ikan Bakar @ Cedar Point CentreNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Burrowed between bustling stalls in one of the most vaunted food courts in Johor Bahru, Sin Kee Ikan Bakar is an extremely popular joint to get your seafood fix. You’ll commonly spot a perpetual queue at this stall and it’s not hard to see why once your taste buds are charmed with their sumptuous spread of grilled seafood, especially the fish. Succulent, fresh and flakes off the bone with ease, it's truly value-for-money. 

    Tips

    Pork satay is not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Full-of-life food court

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Pusat Makanan Cedar Point View restaurant

    Jalan Musang Bulan 2-16, Taman Century, 80250 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Ikan Bakar Aurora BBU

    Chomping down fresh and flavourful seafood in a laid-back ambiance is what Ikan Bakar Aurora is all about. What claps onto your eyes immediately is the grill counter, smoke billowing with a parade of seafood lined to quell the craving of locals. With raining orders for grilled fish, it would be a crime not adding yours into the list. Do yourself a favour; ask for extra sauce while you order as it got us scrapping the banana leaf dry. The flesh just slides off the bone with the mildest touch, complementing the thick gravy and handful of grilled long beans that add an element of crunch to the dish. 

    Tips

    call for bulk orders

    Things to expect

    Variety of seafood with wallet-friendly price tags

    Best with

    Mango Pulut

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Ikan Bakar Aurora BBU View restaurant

    46, Jalan Padi 1, Bandar Baru Uda, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0126919602

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    Bubur Nasi Istimewa No.1

    Locals widely vouch about this modest stall as the one of the finest places to gobble down grilled dishes. And we were rather clouded with scepticism, a porridge joint delivering Ikan Bakar? Will this marriage of flavours work? And we left the eatery eating our words back, it’s was downright delicious. Fresh fish beautifully charred on the outside and bounteously brushed with an impeccable sauce that bombards your palate with savoury, sour, sweet and spicy ride, you’ll mop the platter clean within a blink of an eye. If porridge isn’t your cup of tea, opt for their steamed white rice.    

    Tips

    Porridge is stellar

    Things to expect

    Full of life ambiance with lots of stalls tagging along

    Best with

    Grilled squid

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Bubur Nasi Istimewa No.1 View restaurant

    91, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80150, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Sin Huat Ikan Bakar

    Frugal, famous and flavourful, this words sums up this fabled stall that has more than 20 years of experience. There’s nothing to shout about the ambiance as the myriad of seafood certainly does all the talking where their grilled sting ray is a sleeper hit. Consummately done on the griddle with scarlet-red sauce and served with grilled lady fingers by the side. The freshness of the fish is surely the real winner that leaves you wanting for more.  Looking at the price, you might opt for another bundle of joy. 

    Tips

    Their Lala and sting ray with petai is not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Crowded as soon as the stall opens for action

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Sin Huat Ikan Bakar View restaurant

    30-31, Jalan Loo Hong Joon, Kampung Pandan, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    06:30PM—11:00PM
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    Stesen Ikan Bakar JB

    As the sun takes a dip towards the horizon, this humble joint starts heating up a charcoal grill that churns out their much-raved Ikan Bakar. It’s a fuss-free atmosphere where locals stack up their orders without hesitating for a moment, thanks to their wallet-friendly prices. With a couple of fish selections, pick your favourite and let the smoky pit and adept master deliver you a grilled fish that delivers on all accounts, charred to perfection on the outside while retaining the moistness on the inside. 

    Tips

    Best matched with their steamed white rice

    Things to expect

    Unassuming ambiance

    Best with

    Asam Pedas

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Stesen Ikan Bakar JB View restaurant

    Jalan Dewata, Taman Dato Onn Jaffar, 80350 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80350, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0197658622

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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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