Lai Po Heen at Mandarin Oriental

Updated: Apr 4

Rating: 5.5/10 (Service needs improvement)

Will I come back: No

Pork-free, serves alcohol


This post is based on Dimsum Menu by Lai Po Heen. All orders were recommended by the waiter.


Food:

Mediocre and overpriced. I like pork-free Dimsum that can achieve the level of using chicken, but taste similar to pork. Sadly, this place hasn’t achieved that yet.


Abalone with Shrimp & Chicken Siew Mai (RM42) was flavourful, but the chicken taste was quite prominent.


Codfish & Prawn Dumpling (RM38) had stronger cod taste than prawn.

The Prawn & Water Chestnut Dumplings (RM32) were nothing extraordinary.


Both were wrapped in a layer of skin that was not too thick, but could’ve been slightly thinner.


Roasted Duck with White Radish Charcoal Dumplings (RM30) looked fancy, tasted mehhh. The pastry was flakey but radish was very overpowering, barely tasted the duck bits.


Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (RM32) had decent skin, rich broth & flavourful filling. But still, the chicken taste was quite strong.


Shrimp Rice Rolls (RM24) was a disgrace. The skin was so thick it looked like a piece of cloth. Filing was pathetic too. I’ve seen better Rice Rolls in hawker stalls/normal Dimsum places than this at half of the price.


Shanghai Dumplings (RM25) had soggy skin, but decent seafood, chicken and crabmeat fillings.


Glutinous Rice (RM25) was sticky but firm, very rich and flavourful. Beats everything on the table.


Traditional Abalone Soup Dumpling (RM96) had very strong vegetable taste. But the Abalone was tender and the Dumpling fillings were decent.


Golden Lava Bun with Custard & Egg Yolk (RM30) was runny but flavour was slightly mild.


Portuguese Egg Tarts (RM22) were fantastic! They had flakey pastry and creamy custard filling.


Service:

Waiters were slow and inattentive. Served 1 person, ignored the other. Kept 1 plate, and left the rest on the table.


Ambience:

Traditional Chinese interior, clean and comfortable, private rooms are available.


Disclaimer:

I’d rather walk over to the other side and go to Yun House.