Hello peoples! Coming back yet again with another really nice restaurant in Eco Botanic. This time it’s Lemon Tree! This is a chain of restaurants that has been popular in a few different spots in Johor, but it’s the first time I’ve personally had it, so here’s my review!
Context: Came here with my girlfriend for a dinner because we both happened to see it and thought it would be worth a try. I think Lemon Tree kinda gives me a similar vibe to Secret Recipe in terms of menu concept and perhaps a little bit higher in terms of quality.
Is it Halal?
It brands itself as not pork no lard, but I don’t believe that they have the halal certification (don’t quote me on this, but that is the wording I see around the restaurant). Do eat here at your own discretion if you’re concerned about this.
Where it Is
It is located in the inner square of the shops outlining the EcoNest apartments (basically in the square of shop lots featuring loads of bubble tea (including Black Whale, Jiayi, The Alley and JLD Dragon). Best way to describe finding it would be to turn in at the traffic light and take the left (you’ll see Family Mart) then go straight ahead past Guoma Express. Then you’ll see Lemon Tree Restaurant!
It is about 10 minutes away from the Tuas Link connecting Singapore and Malaysia and 5 minutes away from Educity!
Address: No.11, Jalan Eko Botani 3/4, 79100 Iskandar Puteri , Johor
Daily: 11am to 10pm
What it Costs
Me and my girlfriend ate for RM29.40, which I would say is already one of the more reasonable options in the Eco Botanic area - especially considering it is a dinner. I will admit that this is one of those places where I would say is cheap for dinner, expensive for lunch, just because of how dinner is usually more expensive as it is.
To be fair, I wouldn’t be surprised if this place ends up adding a sort of set lunch in the near future.
But ultimately we shared 2 mains and an add-on drink - top up on top of the main - to share. We had a Yang Chou Fried Rice (RM8.90) and a Black Pepper Ham & Egg Grilled Chicken Chop (RM17.80) with an additional Iced Lemonade (top up RM2.80 with the fried rice). No tax, and and that’s how it adds up to RM29.40.
There is an option to change the sauce in the chicken chop to a mushroom, a BBQ or some sort of Thai sauce, but I didn’t do that. For the chicken chop, you can choose a carbohydrate (I went with onion rings) and a vegetable (coleslaw or a garden salad, I’m a sucked for coleslaw).
How it Tastes
This is one of those places that I REALLY am thankful that it is now in Eco Botanic because it is a really nice new option for me to have! Starting off with the fried rice, it is really fragrant and has the meaty elements - without feeling to heavy on the body. (basically I’m just trying to say that this is a yummy but light fried rice suitable for pretty much everyone)
I had more of the chicken chop, and I would say that although it is a bit on the small side for big eaters like me, it is definitely worth it for a Western meal in this area! The chicken chop in that sauce tastes pretty nice on itself and the coleslaw and the onion rings are really nice to complete the meal.
Lemonade is lemonade, so I hope that you guys don’t expect commentary from me regarding this, but at the end of the day, I would personally say that this is a restaurant that is pretty similar to Secret Recipe (Western and Asian elements both present in a casual family restaurant setting) with food that probably tastes even nicer than Secret Recipe.
7.5/10. A pleasant addition to Eco Botanic that I will most definitely go back to. Lots of things on the menu including a lot of pasta that I haven’t even tried and talked about on my blog, so I will definitely be back there!
Bubz (my girlfriend) Rates: 8/10. At that price point, this is a really reasonable meal!