The taxi ride from the Customs to Hyatt Regency was pretty pleasant, seeing Singapore across Johor Straits was a different perspective to me. Moreover, Hyatt Regency is located at elevated point of Johor. With its surrounding greenery and isolation from buildings and infrastructures, this reminds us of the tranquility of Shangri-la, Singapore.
If this buffet is priced at Singapore dollar, I would say it is expensive since I will compare this high tea buffet with Sheraton Towers and Ellenborough Market Café. On the other hand, after taking into consideration the exchange rate between Malaysian dollar and the Singapore dollar, I can't deny the fact that I am tempted to have a weekend getaway in Malaysia. Not to offend, but it is very significant as spending are slashed by more than half.
The savoury dishes are nice and not overly salty nor sweet. The food is not oily nor stale and is replenished pretty often. The style of cooking (i.e. braised, fried, soup. curry) is of a decent range and thus the food aren't cloying despite 2 to 3 servings.
However, the desserts were a complete disappointment since the cakes are pretty rough and hard; the chocolate is not rich enough and the macaron shells are hollow. The only thing I liked from their array of desserts is the molten chocolate cake soaked in chocolate sauce. Apart from that, we didn't finish the desserts we have taken.
For SGD 16++ (10% service charge & 5% govt tax), the Hyatt Regency (JB) provides a good weekend get away. Decent spread of dishes. Do not expect lobsters or oysters but indulge yourself in savoury Malay style cuisine. The overall dinning experience was pleasant as you do not have crowds rushing for food. Also the surrounding greenery and fountain was smoothing to the eyes. However since this is a dessert blog, I would say that the desserts there are disappointing.
Hyatt Regency Johor Bahru
Jalan Sungai Chat,
P.O. Box 222,
80720 Johor Bahru,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tel: +60 7 222 1234
Operating hours - 6am to midnight (daily)