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Lai Wah Heen

Posted by Staff / Listed on January 2, 2009 / review policy

Lai Wah HeenLai Wah Heen is located inside the Metropolitan Hotel behind City Hall. The exquisitely crafted dishes will make you understand what 'fantastiche' tastes like. Alongside the traditional standards, specialty dishes include abalone & shrimp mousse coiled with fine Taiwanese vermicelli and wok-seared crepe with spicy smoked salmon.

Writing by Amy Wong. Photo by Sifu Renka on Flickr



yammy / January 3, 2009 at 04:13 pm
Lai Wah Heen is super awesome, but it's not quite the average dim sum place. You should mention that the majority of dim sum regulars don't usually go anywhere this expensive. Everyone who does dim sum knows Lai Wah Heen, but rarely goes because it does happen to be extremely expensive in comparison to the average dim sum restaurant. This more of a once a year dining out experience unless you always expect to eat with a silver spoon. I do have to admit however, it is always a memorable experience when going. Remember to dress appropriately at Lai Wah Heen, it is sort of an unwritten rule.
miistdot / November 20, 2009 at 07:03 pm
It's amazing, upscale and you'll have a food orgasim. I try to get out of there under $100./pp
chef k k / October 5, 2012 at 10:41 am
I think not the money how expensive or how cheap.Dim sum is one of the best culture from Hong Kong since I Born .When I Look it this photo and I ask myself what is this ?where is tradition shape. New creative is good idea, but never go too far. Ever I went back to Toronto and Hong Kong every year also I was been your dinning room before a few time.I never see this shape of Dim Sum,sorry to say that ,I just to share my comment to all the master Dim sum chef in Toronto.By the way your Dim Sum was two years ago much much better than now....Thankyou.
opensource1111 / November 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm
I've never been, so maybe you should stop reading this right now. However, I have friends who have gone, and report that the dim sum is quite tasty! Only thing - the price is a little crazy, considering the nature of the food. Does the fact that it is chinese food matter? Yes, I think so. Same thing for mexican food. These types of food are largely associated with cheap, tasty fare. Is the food at this place worth 3 to 4 times the usual cost for the "same" dish. I guess you be the judge. Same comments go for other places, like Lee, which I have been to. Definitely not worth the price. I'd go to Canoe any day over Lee.
kobebeef / January 10, 2013 at 05:41 pm
@Opensource1111, is it worth paying $18 for a plate of pasta that costs $1.89 for a whole box that offers six servings? Your comment is so ignorant. Have you considered the cost of ingredients used and the skill required to assemble the dishes. We are not talking about a quickly tossed together taco here. And not to demean Mexican food, a taco using high grade beef will cost more than what you will get from Taco Time. Also, keep in mind LWH is in a HOTEL. Every restaurant in a hotel costs 3-4 times than an independent restaurant. You are just racist.
Fine Dining? replying to a comment from opensource1111 / January 11, 2013 at 01:18 am
Fine dining exists in every culture.
Ignorance is not bliss in this case
Philip / April 9, 2013 at 09:10 am
Opensource1111 must be a real ignorant (for the lack of better knowledge and experience) to the fact that Chinese gourmet is the most expensive dishes in the world; abalone, shark -fin, swallow nest, rare mushroom are somuch more expensive ingredients that ever been put by any western cook. A $100 a bowl soup in Chinese restaurant is not an unheard thing.
One can like or not like a type of food, but calling chinese food cheap just because of the la k of knowing better is like calling diamond a cheap stone just because the only diamonds hat he know are the one use for industrial.
Michael / October 19, 2014 at 11:28 am
If Lee Wah Heen serves Shark Fin please boycott this place.
bee valentine replying to a comment from Michael / November 21, 2014 at 07:23 pm
I agree. No one should be eating Shark Fin soup in these "enlighted" times.

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