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Top Recommended Chinese Restaurant Johor Bahru: Wan Li (Renaissance Hotel)

Looking for a place to have a grand celebration at? Planning for an important business meeting? Or simply looking to have a satisfying family dinner, at a location where even your pickiest relatives won’t make a sound? Well, look no further, because Wan Li Chinese Restaurant has got you covered.

Located in the Renaissance Hotel Johor Baru, this Cantonese fine-dining restaurant is the ideal location for almost any event that you can think of! And don’t be fooled by the luxurious setting – the food, surprisingly, comes at an extremely affordable pricing for a fine-dining meal.

For a most affordable price, you can truly, really have the FEAST of your life.  The following package is available at only around RM$300 per pax.  Gasp!  Is there a better deal in this whole world?

Wan Li Five Combination Deluxe Lobster Platter Platter


Double boiled Village Chicken Soup with American Ginseng


Roasted Crispy Mango Peking Duck with Traditional Condiments


Salted Baked Village Chicken


Crisp-fried Fillet of Cod Fish with Fragrant Garlic and Teriyaki Sauce


Chef’s Signature oil poached Pontian Pomfret with superior sauce


Seared King Prawns with Superior Soy Sauce


Signature Wasabi Prawns with Fresh Mango


Fried Organic Red Rice with Pine Nuts, Chicken and Mixed Vegetables


Cantonese Style Seafood Hor Fun


Steamed Shanghai “Xiao Long Bao”


Baked Barbeque Chicken Puff


Superior Har Kao with Water Chestnut


Steamed Barbeque Chicken Buns


Chilled Mango Puree with Pomelo serves with Golden Custard Bun


Chinese Tea

And before you ask, yes, the food’s pretty good, too!

One of the restaurant’s highlights would definitely be their Double-Boiled Ginseng Soup with Village Chicken.  The village chicken, having gone through the process of double-boiling, was absolutely tender and melted in our mouths. The soup itself contained various other nutritious ingredients and was fragrant, wholesome, and tasty to the core. 10/10 would recommend this when you drop by this restaurant.

Did you know that Wan Li serves up a variety of fresh seafood as well? A seafood dish is a must-have when you’re here, and our pick of the day was the Crisp-Fried Fillet of Cod Fish with Fragrant Garlic and Superior Soy Broth. The flesh itself was sweet and firm, owing to its state of freshness. Along with the savory and flavourful soy broth, this dish impressed us with its intricate harmony of tastes.

And, of course, how can we miss out the desserts? Starting with the Chilled Mango Puree & Pomelo, this dish impressed us with its mango-y goodness. One bite in and you can already tell how pure the puree is! None of that diluted, tasteless stuff that we so often get. The refreshing pomelo bits did a great job in balancing out the concentrated, tangy flavours of the mango as well. A match made in heaven, if you ask me.

Last but not least, a trip to any dim sum restaurant would be incomplete without some salted egg yolk buns. Aptly named the Golden Custard Bun, is it too much to say that even this common dish managed to impress us by quite a bit? Nestled within the freshly steamed bun, the salted egg yolk custard was just the right mix of savoury and sweet. Its consistency was just right as well – not too runny, not too solid, something that so many others seem to not quite get. Needless to say, Wan Li has got it down to the tee.

It was a wonderful afternoon at Wan Li Chinese Restaurant, what’s with all that goodness frolicking in our mouths. It’s definitely a place to check out if you ever want to get some superb Cantonese food, so drop by soon when that craving hits!

Top Recommended Restaurant Johor Bahru: JJ Wine and Tapas

Founded in 2014, JJ Wine & Tapas Bar is renowned amongst liquor lovers in Taman Pelangi Malaysia.  The bar serves top wines and beer and is one of the leading liquor distributors for top wines, beers and liquor products. JJ Wine & Tapas Bar is also stocked with an impressive display of bottles of all kinds of liquors from wall to wall, making it an excellent place to entertain clients with its unique interior design.

Within the spacious shop lots of its premises, which occupy two shop lots at Jalan Pingai in Taman Pelangi, the bar also acts as a showroom that serves great food to its patrons. Customers are able to select delicious servings of food from JJ’s dining menu to complement their drinks in its main dining or drinking room. Most notably, JJ’s Char Grilled New Zealand Lamb Cutlets is a dish worth every inch of its price.

Priced at RM48++, JJ’s NZ lamb cutlet is grilled to medium doneness, with an added topping of dribbled cherry sauce. JJ’s NZ lamb cutlet is both succulent and tender with a slight zesty sweet citrusy flavour. The meat is both juicy and tender, giving out a hint of slight smokiness in its taste from its crisped surface. At the same time, its meat juices are naturally sweet with flavours boasting of a subtle gaminess in the edges of the lamb’s fat.

Apart from its lamb cutlet, there are also many other sumptuous dishes to enjoy with your drinks. So what are you waiting for? JJ’s Wine & Tapas Bar is a place worth your consideration for your special dates like Valentines, anniversaries or celebrations. Don’t hesitate on the opportunity to treat yourself and your friends to one of the top ranges of wines and liquor in Johor.

JJ’s Wine & Tapas Bar is located as follows:

Restaurant name: JJ Wine & Tapas Bar
Address: 58, Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 331 5461 | +6016 733 4737 (Whatsapp)
Hours: 11:00am to 2:00am | Dinner is served 5:00pm to 12:00 midnight


Top Recommended Cafe: Maco cafe and Bakery, Johor Bahru, Skudai, Sutera Utama

Maco Café: Your home away from home

Have you been too busy to prepare a good, home-cooked meal lately? Perhaps you’ve been travelling extensively and have had little time to grab more than a sandwich on your way to your next meeting. Or perhaps you’ve been feeling a bit glum, and are looking for some pick-me-up food to warm your stomach and your heart?

You need not look too hard because Maco Café offers you the chance to do all these – and more – with its wide selection of food and drink that takes you right back to the comfort of your own home.

One of the must-try items is Maco’s signature chicken chops, made from choice slices of chicken thigh that is first baked, then pan-seared, and served with mouth-watering mushroom and peppercorn sauce.

Got a sweet tooth? The Mille crepe cakes are one of the café’s best-selling desserts, and the light, fluffy cream within these layered concoctions are crisp and delicious without overwhelming the palate.

These are just a few of Maco’s tasty treats that will surely remind you of your mom’s comfort cooking. The variety of menu items from satisfying soups to pipping hot pasta to energizing sandwiches will surely give you a taste of home – whatever that may be for you.

What is the secret to all the yummy goodness in the food served at Maco Café? Chef Maco himself makes sure that each dish is created to perfection, using his decade-long experience serving up food and pastries in the best hotels in Singapore, and marrying that with his desire to serve the best food – even the ordinary, ‘everyday’ kind that you can find at home. His goal is to ensure that your every bite will delight.

So the next time you are looking for a taste of home, drop by Maco Café. Maco Café offers a full cafe menu from appetisers, mains, desserts to hot and cold beverages.

Address: 65, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

Phone: +60 7-556 8490

Hours: Monday to Friday 12:30-11:00 (10:30 Last Order) | Saturday 11:00-12:30 (12:00 Last Order) | Sunday 11:00-11:00 (10:30 Last Order)

No pork, no lard, no Halal cert

Sprout, Johor Bahru

Many of us have heard and tried out the trendy, hipster cafes in JB. But has it ever occurred to you that you can have a quality fine dining experience?

Brought together by Chef Mui and Chef Joseph – having experiences in Singapore, London and a short stint with a Michelin-starred restaurant in Oslo, they have combined their culinary skills in this minimalist Scandinavian setting, providing diners a superb European fine dining experience.

Sprout is located in the corner of Kim Teng Park along Tebrau Highway. It can be tricky to find though. Look out for the pedestrian bridge and you can spot a mini “Sprout” signboard.

The menu is creatively divided into various categories: Snacks, Soil, Sea, Land and Desserts. I would recommend trying out the 3-course menu with your choice of main course and Snacks on the house. It is value for money with prices ranging from RM103 – RM185, allowing you to savour and enjoy the whole full dining experience.

Passion fruit, lime, mint. 

Refreshing.  Great contrast between sour and sweet.

Cucumber, mint, basil.

This one is a standout.  It is truly light and refreshing.

Beetroot, raspberry vinaigrette, fennel. 

Amazing flavours and highly imaginative.  Truly world class and a testament to the chef’s skills.

Slipper lobster, parsnip, granola, shellfish sabayon.

Great blend of savoury of sabayon and the sweetness and crunch of granola.

Lamb loin, black garlic, leek, buttermilk dressing.

Another world-class dish.  The flavours all blend together hamoniously.

Pork jowl, pineapple, shallots, crispy pork fats.

Satisfying.  The protein is well-balanced by the sweetness of pineapple and shallots.

This restaurant is truly world-class.  I couldn’t believe I can find such quality and value in JB.  This restaurant is definitely on par, if not better, than the restaurants of Singapore.


Thistle Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Thistle Johor Bahru is centrally located in the city of Johor Bahru and within the Iskandar Development Region, one of Malaysia’s most important business and tourist centres. Being only 10 minutes from the Singapore Causeway, it’s a great destination for meetings and events. And if you’re here for recreation, the hotel is within the vicinity of Legoland, the 2nd Link Expressway and Nusajaya.  You can choose to get around with the hotel’s limousine transfers or just hop on a free shuttle service and head down to the many shopping malls and Johor Premium Outlets. The hotel is also an ideal base from which to explore this fascinating part of South East Asia, with Singapore just a few minutes drive away.

A luxury 5-star hotel, it has all the facilities you could wish for, access to free Wi-Fi in guestrooms and throughout the whole hotel, swimming pools, and fitness centre & spa to restaurants and bars. Whether it is for business or pleasure, Thistle Johor Bahru provides the very best of Malaysia, including its legendary hospitality. It has 382 fully refurbished bedrooms, including 125 executive luxury rooms with spectacular sea views over the Straits of Johor. It also has superb meetings and events facilities making the hotel a prime destination for business. Thanks to its beautiful landscaped grounds, sea views and tropical climate, it has become a popular venue for weddings.

Everything in the bedrooms has been chosen with one thing in mind: the guest’s comfort. And with free Wi-Fi available in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel, you are never more than a couple of clicks away from home, the office, or the rest of the world. All 382 rooms in this refurbished hotel are air-conditioned, en-suite and have free Wi-Fi.

Facilities available:

  • King Sized Bed
  • Twin Beds
  • Flat Screen LCD TV
  • Satellite TV Channels and Radio Stations
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Luggage Rack
  • Prayer Mat
  • Room Safe
  • Stationery
  • Complimentary Water
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Yukata / Bath Robes
  • Coffee Machine with Coffee and Tea Pods
  • In-room DVD Player
  • Kitchen with Utensils in Apartments

Overlooking the Straits of Johor, the restaurants and bars at Thistle Johor Bahru offer a huge range of cuisine and dining options, whether you’re entertaining business associates, enjoying a quiet dinner for two, or feeding the entire family.

Glass offers a culinary feast of local and international cuisine from a-la-carte meals to lavish lunch and dinner buffets. Unparalleled views across lush and landscaped gardens.

Steps is the lobby lounge to just wind down and relax with light entertainment – the perfect antidote for a long day with stunning views of the gardens and Straits of Johor. All day snacks, afternoon tea, fine wines from the gallery and cocktails are available.

Thistle Johor Bahru is the choice of hotel for Malaysia Airlines crew.  That should be testament to the quality of the hotel.