Tokyo Secret’s dry Hanjuku cheese tarts and poorly cooked dishes were a let-down, but its Signature Mille Crepe Cake might tempt us to return again.
Mid Valley Southkey Mall, one of the largest malls in Johor Bahru (JB), has countless of dining options and it’s no wonder Singaporeans flock to it on weekends.
Among its variety of restaurants and cafes, you’ll probably notice Tokyo Secret, a bakery fusion cafe sitting at the entrance of Mid Valley Southkey Mall’s South Entrance drop-off point. With a cute contemporary deco, just how good does its food taste?
Here’s a full food review of Tokyo Secret in JB’s Mid Valley Southkey Mall:
Ambience in Tokyo Secret
Tokyo Secret’s entrance was certainly inviting, with a sleek cake counter and separate bakery section welcoming us. The bakery fusion cafe was decorated with princess mirrors and bistro booth seats – a fresh touch compared to the saturated hipster cafe scene in JB. We felt like we were in a massive dollhouse!
Tokyo Secret Menu
Tokyo Secret’s menu was pretty extensive with all-day breakfast, Japanese fusion, cakes, etc. Plus, their bakery’s signature Hanjuku Cheese Tarts and Syukurimu were also available on the bakery fusion cafe menu. Click on the menu images to enlarge.
Tokyo Secret Prices
Tokyo Secret’s prices were very affordable, but of course it seems to be more catered towards Singaporeans rather than the locals.
|Menu||Price (MYR)||Approx. Price (SGD)|
|Hanjuku Cheese Tart||RM 7||$2.30|
|Signature Mille Crepe Cake||RM 14||$4.70|
|Classic Honey Toast||RM 17.90||$6|
|Fresh Orange Juice||RM 13.90||$4.60|
|Nasi Lemak with Rendang Chicken||RM 15.90||$5.30|
|Big Breakfast||RM 25.90||$8.60|
|Cheesy Teriyaki Chicken Chop||RM 21.90||$7.30|
|Fettuccine Carbonara with Turkey Ham||RM 17.90||$6|
Tokyo Secret Food Review
Before we got into the desserts, we needed some savoury food first!
The Scrambled Eggs with Sausage (RM 23 / SGD $ 7.60) immediately caught our eye, because the breakfast platter looked homely and the silky scrambled eggs photo really got to us. Unfortunately, when the Scrambled Eggs with Sausage arrived, our cravings disappeared.
The scrambled eggs were overcooked, dry, and chunky. Accompanied with a bowl of cold beans, tiny sliced tomatoes, and bits of mushrooms, they even made the overcooked sausages and ham look good (they weren’t). To our horror, we also found unknown black-coloured bits in our dry scrambled eggs. Yikes! It was most likely burnt leftovers from a dirty pan, or so we hoped.
The unlikely saving grace turned out to be the brioche toast. Warm, flaky, and extremely buttery, the brioche toast was crispy on the outside and airy soft inside. Who would have guessed we would be left wanting for more toast?
Scrambled Eggs with Sausage: 1/5
Next up, Grilled Chicken Tender with Truffle Mushroom Sauce (RM 21.90 / SGD $7.30). While the mushroom sauce was generous with slices of mushroom, it couldn’t mask the dry chicken’s too many burnt bits – which was dreadful to taste.
The few pieces of broccoli and carrots were sautéed lightly with nothing to shout about, but the sautéed potatoes? Wow, Tokyo Secret kept surprising us with unlikely ingredients (which wasn’t a good sign). Seasoned with cajun powder and salt, the sautéed potatoes had a light crunch when we bit into it, and it was soft to chew – starchy goodness indeed.
Just like the brioche toast, it’s funny how the side dishes kept stealing the limelight. Safe to say we finished the toast and potatoes, while everything else was left untouched after our first bite.
Grilled Chicken Tender with Truffle Mushroom Sauce: 1/5
Finally, it’s time for some dessert! Tokyo Secret prides itself on its pastries and desserts, so we were looking forward to them after the underwhelming savoury menu.
As we bit into the Hanjuku Cheese Tart (RM 7 / SGD $2.30), our anticipation turned to dust – quite literally. The signature cheese tart was powdery dry to say the least, and the cheese was clumped up.
It was the complete opposite of what was advertised, and probably not warmed up enough.
Hanjuku Cheese Tart: 1/5
Fortunately, the Syukurimu’s (RM 8 / SGD $2.70) cream did ooze out as it’s supposed to. The almonds added a nutty flavour and crunchy texture in attempts to ease the overpowering cream.
It’s similar to most cream puff sticks you’d find elsewhere, but at this point we were just relieved that it didn’t taste bad.
Our last desert, Signature Mille Crepe Cake (RM 14 / SGD $4.70), had us divided. Personally, I thought the snowy crepe cake had a good balance between the crepes and Hokkaido Milk, creating a chewy and soft texture.
Perhaps it was also my first time having a crepe cake made with Hokkaido Milk (I’m too used to matcha crepe cakes), and the flavour was novel to me. I enjoyed the mild and fragrant milky flavour because it wasn’t overly sweet, and it felt like I could keep on eating without feeling sinful.
Signature Mille Crepe Cake: 4/5
Will we return to Tokyo Secret?
Overall, Tokyo Secret’s dining menu was almost unbearable, and it could also be due to our arrival near closing time. Nonetheless, as a F&B establishment, food quality should be maintained throughout the day. Plus, the signature cheese tart didn’t quite live up to the hype.
And I doubt the cheese tarts have a secret recipe either. If anything’s a secret at all, it’d probably be that the kitchen doesn’t wash the pans.
If you’re looking for a cafe for tea break after a long day of shopping, consider Tokyo Secret’s cakes for a simple indulgence, or even its Syukurimu for a dose of creamy goodness. Otherwise, you’re not missing out if you decide to skip this bakery fusion cafe for lunch or dinner.
Whether you’re dining in Tokyo Secret or other cafes in Mid Valley Southkey Mall, don’t forget to bring your YouTrip card along to utilise YouTrip’s Wholesale Exchange Rates for favourable currency exchange rates when you pay in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)!
Operating hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Address: Ground Floor, South Entrance, Mid Valley Southkey, No. 1, Persiaran Southkey 1, Kota Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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