Yan Toh Heen Restaurant Review, Hong Kong

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Yan Toh Heen

18 Salisbury Road

Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

+852 2313 2323

Yan Toh Heen Website

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong exterior decor

Yan Toh Heen – 欣圖軒 is located on the water at the InterContinental Hong Kong. The name means ‘breathtaking view elegant dining establishment’. They received One Michelin Star in the 2010 Michelin Guide.

Other Hong Kong reviews:

2010 Hong Kong Mini Restaurant Reviews, Lung King Heen, Lei Garden, Yung Kee, Chuen Kee Seafood, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, Conrad Nicolini’s Sunday Brunch Buffet, Harbourside Buffet and Yan Toh Heen.

Since 1985, this temple of high-end Cantonese Chinese cuisine has served excellent Cantonese Chinese food at very high prices. As they put it “refined Chinese cooking methods using the best ingredients from all over the world and top quality fresh seasonal produce, with a creative modern presentation and signature jade tableware.”

Rich old ladies, businessmen, well-heeled tourists, and foodies filled Yan Toh Heen.

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong interior decor

Decor, Vibe – Yan Toh Heen has a Unparalleled view of Hong Kong harbor from this Intercontinental Hong Kong restaurant. Window seats go first, so reserve ahead. Modern and contemporary decor with warm tones of honey and gold, classic Chinese music, and signature hand-carved jade table settings.

Menu

Yan Toh Heen Menu has an extensive a la carte menu, plus prix fix set lunch and dinner menus and special menus focusing on seasonal Cantonese specialties.
They also have ihealth dishes or healthier dishes, a nice option to have. This was our last meal in Hong Kong, so we ended up ordering way too much.

Signature Dishes – Braised Sharks fin, Steamed Garoupa fillet, Fried Rice

Website Yan Toh Heen Menu

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Picks:

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong Candied walnuts

Complementary candied walnuts

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong barbecue combination barbecued pig pork

BBQ Combination (HK$250, HK$7.7=US$1) Barbecued Suckling Pig, Roasted Pork Belly with Crispy Crust, Barbecued Pork with Honey, and Roasted Farm Duck were all excellent as we expected. They were prepared to a level that just is not present in the US. Crispy skins, tender meat, and super fresh.

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong Sharks fin soup dumplings

Steamed Shark’s Fin Dumpling in Soup with Hokkaido King Crab Leg (HK$ 110 Per Person) had excellent broth with a really large piece of crab. A really generous piece of real sharks fin rounded out this soup dumpling.

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong glutinous rice crab truffles

Steamed Glutinous Rice with Hokkaido King Crab Leg and Black Truffles ($48 Per Piece) were pretty expensive but exquisite in presentation. Crab inside, thin rice wrapper, and a nice truffle on top. Excellent dish.

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong steamed barbecued pork buns

Steamed Barbecued Pork Buns ($44) are a common dim sum item that we ordered to test their kitchen on. Freshly steamed, superhot, and very good internal flavor.

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong seafood congee

Red Grain Rice Congee with Garoupa Fillet and Seaweed ($180) had huge scallops, squid, shrimp and the real seafood-base flavor to the congee or jook. Not as super as some others we have tasted earlier in the trip, but still quality.

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong fried Rice wrapped in Lotus leaf

Fried Rice Wrapped and Steamed in Lotus Leaf ($58 Per Person) is first cooked and then placed in the Lotus leaf for steaming. As good as Lung King Heen’s version. Lots of intense seafood flavor and quantity.

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong Fried Rice with Seafood

Fried Rice with Seafood and Fungus XO Chili Sauce served in a Hot Stone Casserole ($90 Per Person) was another beautiful dish. Scallops, squid, shrimp bubbling away in a stone pot. Carrots, mushrooms, green onions filled the dish. A slight spicy kick, yet very moist with the included sauce.

OK:

Yan Toh Heen Hong Kong Rice flour cannelloni noodles

Steamed Rice Flour Cannelloni with Shredded Roasted Duck, Conpoy (dried scallop), and Chives ($80) were a variation of the classic rice noodle dish. Chock full of ingredients and beautifully presented, this dish had noodles that were on the sticky side.

Pans:
None

Service – Yan Toh Heen had excellent service with no worries about recommendations, refills, plate changing, or pacing.

Value – Prices are high, but this is a top-tier restaurant and food quality is very high.

Alternatives – 3 Michelin star Lung King Heen also has a beautiful Hong Kong harbour view.

Verdict – Yan Toh Heen serves up excellent Chinese food in beautiful surroundings. You can’t go wrong here, other than inflicting major damage on your pocketbook. MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui

Yan Toh Heen Overall Rating: (Super 3.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Super)
Service Rating: (Excellent)
Atmosphere Rating: (Extraordinary)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Smart Casual
Hours:Mon - Sat Noon - 2:30pm, Sun 11:30am - 3pm, Daily 6 - 11pm
Parking:Paid Valet
Reservations:Yes
Prices:HK$44 - HK$498

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6 Comments

  • Eat. Travel. Eat!
    August 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    High priced for sure! I haven’t seen dim sum this high priced ever before and I’ve been to many dim sum places. I like how they make cheong fun/rice noodle rolls sound so fancy by calling them Rice Flour Cannelloni. What’s conpoy by the way?

  • Food Nut
    August 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Conpoy is dried scallop. Ah Hong Kong fine dining with Italian terminology. We miss this level of quality here in SF Bay Area..

  • Eat. Travel. Eat!
    August 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks Food Nut for the clarification! I was guessing that it would be dried scallop, but these Cantonese Romanizations make me confused at times since there are so many variations that people can make. 🙂 Phonetically people can make up so many different names!

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