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能屡被身旁识食老饕纳入尝鲜名单中，大人心想万丽的中餐料理应当无需赘言，原来这儿的中式点心宴也颇受青睐，每周七天的午餐时段 (公假除外) 还能以RM58的超值价格无限享用点心师傅特制的精致小点，还有什么比这更惬意呢？立即约了府里知音慢享午后，咱们今日就在新山百万镇的五星级酒店 Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel 里的万丽中餐馆说好了不见不散，让食物喂养友情吧！
Happiness has many interpretations and comes in all aspects. To some, it may mean a hearty breakfast at Cafe BLD, a sinful spread of delicate pastries at Chocolate Cake Company, or sipping a classic cocktail after a long day of work at RBar. But to us, happiness is having a leisure dim sum lunch buffet in a refined but relaxed atmosphere.
Looking to heighten its lunch game by offering exquisite items as part of its daily lunch menu (except public holidays) at RM58++ per person, Wan Li Chinese Restaurant’s dim sum buffet at Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel is considered above mid-range pricing but worth every dollar for this standard. Allow us to do all the “hard work” for all you big-eaters, dim sum devotees and buffet lovers out there, so here goes…
蒸笼点心 Steamed Dim Sum
Part of the fun about having dim sum is that we get to order a lot of dishes, and we are all for the variety! Doing justice to dim sum classics like Superior “Har Kao” with Water Chestnuts, Steamed Prawn & Scallop Dumplings, Shanghai “Xiao Long Bao” and not forgetting their Superior “Siew Mai”, what more can we really say? The Har Kao comes with chewy skin and ample prawn stuffing, while the Xiao Long Bao released the tasty stock into the spoon when broken with a pair of chopsticks that was satisfying to swallow when paired with ginger and vinegar. There were also loads of prawns and very fragrant meat in the dumplings and Siew Mai, and the ratio of meat to skin was just right. While there were a couple of hits and misses in the thickness of the dumpling and crystal skins, we have no qualms about ordering extra servings if tummy space permits.
在35道【点心任点任吃】餐单里，特色包点怎能缺席呢？知音们最爱包子们那饱暖人心的滋味，大人岂敢怠慢，立即点了蚝皇鸡烧包、香蒸鸡肉包、川式红油抄手、香蒸芋泥包伺候，「软香不粘牙的蓬松皮衣、湿润的鸡肉内馅，大人形容的就是开口笑鸡烧包 😄 。」当然香蒸鸡肉包、香蒸芋泥包也各有拥趸，「较为刺激味蕾雷达的点心当属色泽艳丽的川式红油抄手了，微微麻辣下肚后好暖胃！」
With over 35 dim sum dishes to choose from, we can’t say we’ve had dim sum without ordering the classic mainstays such as Steamed Barbecued Chicken Buns, Steamed Savoury Chicken Meat Buns, Szechuan Style Spicy Dumplings in Chilli Oil and Steamed Sweet Taro Buns. The Pau skins, in general, were soft and fluffy, while firmly encasing the sweet barbecued chicken and savoury chicken filling within, and the same could be said for the taro buns. Soaked in vinegar and spicy chilli oil which looks tame, the fiery hotness that comes when we dunk the wanton skin was enough to make our ears tingle, which was probably the reason why they were so delectable, and we couldn’t stop at one LOL.
酥炸点心 Fried & Baked Dim Sum
Apart from the traditional dim sum orders, the chefs at Wan Li are equally at home with the fried and baked versions which include the Baked Barbecued Chicken Puffs, Deep-Fried Prawn Dumplings with Mayonnaise, Pan-Fried Glutinous Rice and Crispy Chinese Chives Pan Cake with Prawns. For us, this was the perfect excuse for having some fried dim sum and especially mayonnaise without feeling guilty, so let’s give ourselves a break just for today, ok?
Our first bite of the Crispy Fried Sweet Taro Rolls took us completely by surprise. The pastry skin was flaky, and it was filled with the warm and extra silky purple yam filling, making it unexpectedly delicious. Seriously, what is there not to like?
We ordered a pot of Pu Er Tea to cleanse our palates in between the dishes, only to realise that we were not even half way through their selections on offer. The other dim sum that we add on includes Deep-Fried Taro Croquettes, Baked Egg Tarts, Deep-Fried Sesame Balls with Lotus Paste and Pan-Fried “Shanghai” Dumplings. We really enjoyed the egg tarts that were baked fresh from the oven, with its egg custard pretty soft, eggy and yummy while the abundance of taro in the croquettes and lotus paste with sprinkles of sesame on top also won our thumbs up in unison! As for the dumplings that were pan-fried to near perfection, we kinda ran out of descriptives but you just gotta taste it.
额外推荐 – 招牌甜品芒果西米露+流沙包 Sweet Finish
For completeness sake, Wan Li also have a Porridge, Rice & Noodles section but we prefer to skip the carbs and save the stomach for their signature sweet finishing (not included in the buffet) and ended the meal with “two desserts in one”. The Mango Pomelo was very well appreciated, in particular on a hot and humid day, and partly because of how the two fruits are freshly blended perfectly together to make a soup, with other ingredients like cream milk, bits of ice, and sago balance out their sweetness and sourness, making the mango puree and pomelo pulp a match made in heaven! On the other hand, the orange Liu Sha Bun was unlike the ones we usually get. The lava was neither brackish nor diluted, with the thick molten core providing a more substantial tang without being overly toothsome. The mess we left behind was a proof of the powerful spurts this unassuming champ was capable of, but still, it is hard to not fall in love with this perfect pairing!
Despite our ambitious attempt to feast on everything that’s available, the substantial selection was proving to be a small mountain to overcome since half of us were on vegetarian, and we barely covered even half the menu. Overall, we thought Wan Li has managed to strike a satisfactory balance between the pricing of their buffet and the quality of their Dim Sum, and a nice place to have a quiet lunch near the town area.
万丽轩中餐厅 Wan Li Chinese Restaurant
Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel
No. 2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru.
Contact: +607 – 381 3333
Time: 11:30AM – 3:00PM, 6:30PM – 10:30PM (Restaurant); 11:30am – 3:00pm (DimSum Buffet only on weekdays, ala carte on weekends and public holidays)
NO PORK, NO LARD
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