Thistle Johor Bahru Bringing in a Twist of Middle Eastern’s Taste

Miss travelling? The Middle East taste with kampung twist is right here in the heart of the city for your buka puasa time

Lebanese Chicken Smoked Biryani Rice

Thistle is my family’s personal favourite, mostly for its location that is close by to what used to be our ancestor’s home. Needless to say, for some Johoreans, going to Thistle is a walk down the memory lane, and the food has never disappointed me.

This time of the year, the hotel’s buka puasa buffet is on an Arabian theme and the highlight is swapping the Roast Lamb for an exotic Arabian Fat-tail Sheep that was marinated overnight with a special Cajun recipe and slow-cooked for half a day before roasting it for the fast-breaking session.

Assorted fried sides like begedil (potato and beef fritter)

It was an instant pick, or so I thought before turning to see a sight of fresh Durian brought to the hotel from kampung, calling out to me. Eating the first few pieces of freshly cracked open fruit of the day is a special kind of experience at Thistle!

Fresh durian right from the farm, driven right to Thistle

Picking up some Lebanese Chicken Smoked Biryani Rice with the roast is probably the best combination I have ever had in all the buka puasa stints I’ve had so far! I cleared my plate to make room for more dishes such as fritters and salads that are so easy with refreshing fresh fruits to cleanse my palate in between.

If meat is not your thing; maybe you want to indulge in some Seafood on Ice

Joshua Wong, the Marcom Manager of Thistle caught me while I was enjoying my food and elaborated that there would be a Turkish ice-cream stall, the one that would play tricks on you, but would only be available during the fasting month itself – that just made me anticipate the month to come faster!

Thistle’s various desserts are always what I have been looking forward to

Are you just excited as I am? Your purchase of an Early Bird voucher before the 2nd of April 2022 is only priced at RM108nett per adult and RM58 nett per child of 6 to 12 years old or senior citizens aged 60 years old and above.

The normal price is RM128 nett per adult, RM68 nett per child or senior citizen.

The menu would be on a daily rotational basis and would take place at their 500 pax Orchid Ballroom and Grand ballroom combined with the outdoor garden area from the 3rd April 2022 – 2nd May 2022 starting at 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm.

Enjoy violin performance by Aqmal Daniel while you’re dining in Thistle

For reservations and enquiries, please call +607 222 9234 / +6012 789 2092 or email /