The Place Nestled in the Renaissance Hotel Johor Bahru, Wan Li Chinese Restaurant prides itself as a Cantonese fine-dining restaurant. The posh setting caters well to the business meals, family dim sum lunches, and birthdays; you get the idea.
The Food Frankly, it was my first in a fine-dining restaurant in Johor Bahru, since we are more accustomed to heading across the causeway for some cheap seafood, hearty Hokkien-style Bak Kut Teh and hoping on the cafe-hopping bandwagon.
We had Dim Sum to kick-start the meal, with the Superior Har Kao with Water Chestnut (RM 10.26 nett) and Superior Siew Mai (RM 10.26 nett). Probably due to my recent trip to Hong Kong, these renditions were definitely not exceptional by dim sum standards, especially with its overly thick skins giving that doughy taste on the palate. That said, it still did satisfy my craving well enough, especially after dipping it with a generous slab of sweet chilli sauce. With some of the freshest prawns, the Deep-fried Beancurd Skin Rolls with Prawn (RM 20.50 nett) easily made this one of the most palatable dim sum items here!
As a restaurant which does not serve pork (though it is also not halal-certified), and despite us more used to having the pork version, the Baked BBQ Chicken Puff (RM 10.26 nett) was a pleasant surprise.
And how about some Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Chicken Meat Floss (RM 19.16 nett) next?
For a traditional Cantonese meal, make sure you complete the meal with any of the double-boiled soups. We had the Double Boiled Soup with Village Chicken, Bamboo Pith & Dried scallops (RM 25.65 nett) and wow, I ended up stealing some spoonful soup from the Ranter’s bowl.
Both the Traditional BBQ Roasted Duck (RM 42 nett) and Stir-Fried Scallop Greens (RM 44.30 nett) are relatively pedestrian Canto-fares you can expect.
If you must, splurge on this Crisp Fried Cod Fish with Fragrant Garlic & Superior Soya Broth (RM 57.15 nett). Somehow, cod fish hardly fails on me.
Rants It’s across the causeway. And if luck ain’t on your side, the traffic might spoil your mood even before you set foot on Johor.
Will I Return Again? While it ain’t the best Chinese food I had, it is definitely going to give you more bang for your bucks! With the SGD/MYR exchange rate at a historical low now, there’s probably no better time to head up north to enjoy some fine-dining at wallet friendly prices!
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Wan Li Chinese Restaurant
Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel
2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya
81750, Masai, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 7 381 3333
Daily 12noon to 10pm
Ranted by the Rantee