Best Risotto in Johor Bahru (JB)

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There are plenty of misconceptions that Italian cuisine vastly mills around pizzas and pasta, however, the depth and diversity of the well-loved gastronomy is top-notch. Risotto, a rice-based dish, is among the trump cards that is a family comfort meal back in the country of its origin, yet highly underrated among Malaysians. Predominantly Arborio or Carnaroli rice is cooked with savoury broth then adroitly stirred to hit a creamy consistency, a little gaffe and you have an Italian version of claypot rice. Priding with versatility, the risotto can be paired with a range of meats and fresh seafood or just a wad of butter. We have carefully scouted splendid risottos that give you a break from pizzas and pasta. 

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    Gianni's TrattoriaHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    This cozy restaurant is no stranger to Italian food gastronomes. For years, they have never taken a dip in quality of food and quantity of patrons. Look beyond wood-fired pizzas and pasta, it may sound chore but once you’ve delved in their range of risottos, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. Among the standouts is their Seafood Risotto, al dente rice laced with squids and prawns and topped with a pan-fried sea bass with a sprinkle of herbs. The well-seasoned fish just flakes with the finest touch of the fork, complementing the creamy rice beneath, wins a nod from any erudite palate out there. 

    Tips

    Chicken Risotto & Smoked Salmon risotto are worthy too

    Things to expect

    Authentic Italian food

    Best with

    Wines

    Price

    RM25.00 to RM50.00

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    Gianni’s Trattoria View restaurant

    110 Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073312230

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    11:30AM—10:30PM
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    The charming exterior definitely deserves a feed in your Instagram before walking into the restaurant to gobble down a myriad of Italian fare. Despite the pizza and pasta-centric menu, never miss their mushroom and seafood risottos that live up to the restaurant’s reputable status. The seafood version arouses your palate with Arborio rice imbued with saffron, white wine, and Parmigianino cheese, and liberally loaded with herbs and satisfying mix of seafood, whereas their mushroom version is cooked with green onion and Parmigianino cheese and flooded with assorted mushrooms.

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    Start off with their mushroom soup

    Things to expect

    Splendid Italian fare

    Best with

    Smoothies and juices

    Price

    RM25.00 to RM50.00

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    ONE63 European Bistro & Bar View restaurant

    163, Jalan Ngee Heng, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072220163

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    12:00PM—03:00PM
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    05:00PM—12:00AM
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    Oasis @ Thistle Johor Bahru

    Housed in Thistle Hotel, this restaurant would seem like a gorgeous postcard that has come to live, especially at night, sparking intimacy with poolside dining amidst lush shrubs and saplings along breezy air. Among the best picks on the menu is their Risotto which is served with pan-seared cod fish. The well-executed tender fish sits on a nest of al dente rice with a dollop of diced greens and lashings of foie gras sauce, making up a splendid sharing dish. Full of fragrance and flavour, not your regular risotto fare, therefore this restaurant should be in every risotto lovers’ bucket list. Wind down with luscious wines for a complete indulgence. 

    Tips

    Bar closes at 12am

    Things to expect

    Charming ambiance, best for a date

    Best with

    Wines

    Price

    RM50.00 to RM100.00

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    Oasis @ Thistle Hotel View restaurant

    Thistle Johor Bahru, Jalan Sungai Chat, Sri Gelam, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072229234

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    Tosca at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor BahruPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Not a surprise this renowned restaurant fits the list as they have been earning never-ending accolades for their Italian cuisine which is prepared with fresh and premium quality ingredients. Located on the 13th floor, it’s a vantage point offering amazing views of the Straits of Johor. On the menu, you can find a wide variety of Italian dishes, but if risotto is your pick, you’re in for a showy treat. Arouse your palate with the ambrosial platter of creamy risotto enhanced with saffron, clams, black mussels, scallops and plump prawns, showered with fresh herbs. The fragrance is spot-on, and you’ll polish the plate clean. 

    Tips

    Bookings are recommended

    Things to expect

    Porcini risotto is also available

    Best with

    Wines

    Price

    RM68.00 to RM100.00

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    Tosca View restaurant

    Doubletree (Hilton), The Intermark,182, Jln Tun Razak, 50400, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321727272

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    Every day
    11:30AM—10:30PM
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    Tips

    Start with Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil

    Things to expect

    Opulence ambiance

    Best with

    Assorted desserts

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM50.00

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    Spice Grill View restaurant

    Lot 1B & 4B, Ground Floor of Little Red Cube, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, 81300, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    075096644

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