Yan Toh Heen
18 Salisbury Road
Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
+852 2313 2323
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.
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.
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
Complementary candied walnuts
BBQ Combination (HK$250, HK$7.7=US$1) Barbecued Suckling Pig, Roasted Pork Belly with Crispy Crust, Barbecued Pork with Honey, and Roasted Farm Duck were all excellent as we expected. They were prepared to a level that just is not present in the US. Crispy skins, tender meat, and super fresh.
Steamed Shark’s Fin Dumpling in Soup with Hokkaido King Crab Leg (HK$ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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