From the team that brought you People & Places comes Routine by Soon! I would describe this as an almost fast food-esque (in concept rather than quality, because I think it is still pretty tasty & healthy) version of the original restaurant, but it’s great if you want a quick bite.
Context: Came here for a late lunch with my mum and my sister. We were pretty hungry at the time and I guess we were about 80% full after everything was eaten.
Is it Halal?
Not sure about certification, but I would say this is one of the safer picks - I’m fairly certain no pork, no lard. But do check and eat at your discretion if you’re concerned.
Where it Is?
This is a pretty big eatery (one of the biggest in R&F, I would say) that you can find at the Ground Floor. I would just say find LiHo, face it and turn right. Keep walking straight, and you will see it somewhere on your left.
I would say that if you want to eat here, you pretty much have no choice but to park at the R&F mall parking lot. Parking is free for the first 2 hours at this mall, with a fee of RM3 for every subsequent hour.
This is a pretty IG-worthy spot more for pictures with you in it rather than of the food, but maybe that’s just me. It’s got a lovely interior and exterior to it!
Address: R&F Mall, Lot G-025, G-026, Mercu 1, Jalan Tanjung Puteri 1 R & F, Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Daily: 10am to 10pm
What it Costs
They’ve got a set offering that includes a cake and a bottomless drink (or a coffee or something like that, ultimately we got the bottomless drink). The difference, for example, with the salmon poke bowl is RM9.60 (RM25.90 a-la-carte and RM35.50 for the set).
So we got one salmon poke bowl set (RM35.50), a burrito chicken set (RM25.50) and a king quesadilla a-la-carte (RM16.90).
The one thing that puzzles me about this place is that they’ve gone for a really fast food concept. I say this because everything comes in paper boxes - almost like takeaway boxes, rather than for you to eat on the spot and the concept itself is self service with regards to most things - drinks, cutlery, picking up food & ordering food at the counter.
So what I’ll be saying here in general is that if you want to try People & Places, you should still check it out even if you’ve been here, because they are still 2 vastly different concepts in my personal opinion.
How it Tastes
Going to start off with the poke bowl and I would say that it is a little bit on the expensive side for me (even comparing a-la-carte prices with places like Poke Twins - RM18.90 salmon poke bowl). I’m not going to deny, though, the fact that this place does include A LOT of things as part of their poke bowl.
You can taste the healthiness of this dish with every bite and they have a lots of different bits and pieces mixed up in there. The salmon, I would say, is pretty decent, so overall speaking, I would say that this is still a pretty nice poke bowl!
Next up, the quesadilla! The issue here is that I feel the need to compare it to People & Places because it is almost like the same dish - but they’re giving you around a third worth of the full thing - or at least it looks like it.
The one big difference for me is that the pomegrenate is even more glass-y tasting in the sense that you almost feel like your teeth will break when you bite into it. Its not going to happen, but it just feels a little bit like it. Otherwise, still really yum and pretty comparable to its counterpart.
The burrito was a surprise in that it looks like a really simple burrito but it packs a lot in there! The pulled pork tastes really yummy inside it, and like the other two dishes I’ve reviewed so far, it is really hearty! A quick and simple lunch pick-me-up for all of you guys working on-the-go.
For the two desserts, my pick would be the lemon cake that they offer as part of the set. (you get a choice of whether to choose the cheesecake or the lemon cake as part of the set) That’s about it really because they’re both cakes that we all enjoyed in general.
6.5/10. A solid place to go for lunch. I would say that it is a little bit on the pricey side to want to eat it on a daily basis (especially for students like me), but I’m pretty sure that’s not the market they’re going for. Still produces pretty good food, but my overall verdict reads like this: I would recommend to just go to People & Places if it is convenient for you.