Question: You’re in Johor Bahru, and you’re looking for a snazzy place for dinner. You want somewhere cozy and warm, away from the mechanical wizzes of automobiles. You’re just looking for a good time between friends, or just spending a moment with that special someone. Oh, a little music wouldn’t hurt either.
Well, all you need to do is count to Eight.
Located in Jalan Skudai, Eight Lido is named after the place where it stands (Lido Beach) and its house number. A wine bar, restaurant and lounge combined into one, this repurposed bungalow is now one of Johor Bahru’s best-known spots for folks looking to have a good time.
As you enter past its walled garden of sorts, you are greeted with amber hues emanating from the lights and candles across the entire establishment. As you stroll and explore the premises, you will find mechanical sculptures and art pieces displayed throughout. Some are no doubt Giger-inspired, others not so much – which definitely caught my attention.
Not sure why Eight has opted for such sculptures, but hey, I like them.
The walled garden also functions to shield patrons from outside noise, reducing automobile roars to a tolerable hum, which is beneficial as Eight is facing a highway.
Sharing a space with the alfresco dining area is an open stage, where invited performers often complement your meal (or drink) with some pleasant tunes. The open stage also makes Eight an ideal place for events, whether it be weddings, corporate dinners, or just a large gathering (hope this gives some ideas to those couples reading this).
Aside from the usual events, there is a wine masterclass on Tuesday evenings, conducted by Eight’s own Chef Sommelier, Dinesh Kumar.
Eight’s menu is a diverse assortment – with pasta dishes to salads to your various meats (except pork). All are pleasant to the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Take Eight’s Hen for example. It’s simple enough – just chicken adorned with baby vegetables and gnocchi – but the arrangement and presentation nets it some style points.
Price-wise, the food can lean on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for – delicious food that is a sight to behold, and an ambience to match.
Side note: I was really (really) hooked on the gnocchi.
Of course, what good is a fancy eatery without good company? And that, I think, is what Eight essentially is. Beyond the good food, it’s one of those places where you can just lose track of time just conversing. There’s no rush, no congestion, just a place where you just relax. And after your meal is done and the bill is paid, you just can’t bring yourself to leave.
So if you ever find yourself in Johor Bahru, spend some time and stop by Eight – it is definitely worth it.
8 Jalan Skudai, Straits View, Johor Bahru
Tues – Fri 17:00 – 1:00
Sat – Sun 9:00 – 14:30 / 18:00 – 1:00