Great to see they are back on their game. We went for dim sum on the 6th of April and it was excellent.
We had gone shortly after the reopening and it wasn't up to standards. Apparently they have some new staff that needed some time come up to speed.
Best dim sum in the city!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Chinese food
Best Chinese food I've ever had. Dim sum was delightful, as was the pork belly, and lobster-truffle oil fried noodles. Loved it!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful dim sum worth $$$$
Yes, it's pricey. But this is also not your typical cart-based dim sum. Each piece really is a work of art-crab dumplings shaped like crabs, pork dumplings shaped like little piggies-incredibly precious. They also use some pretty high end ingredients, like truffle and foie gras. Hits were the Berkshire pork piggies, the chicken and truffle dumplings, the pork and foie gras mini tart, the crab dumplings. Unfortunately, our meal this time was brief since we had to get to the airport, but I was not leaving before I had lunch here! Posted photos on Foodspotting if you're interested.
5/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty and exciting
I brought my family here for my sisters birthday. The food was excellent. We went with the Authentic Prix Fixe and it everyone loved it. The pork belly, billionaires fried rice and jumbo fried prawns in sweet plum sauce were hits. I recommend asking them to substitute the mango pudding and cream as dessert instead of the sweet soup that is listed. The servings were generous and we left feeling perfectly full (not bloated and struggling).
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Dim Sum in Toronto
Excellent special dim sum offerings. May be viewed as pricey for those who frequent the typical dim sum locations looking for an inexpensive lunch of har gow and siu mai but I would never go any where else for dim sum.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been going for many years. This was the best dim sum we have had at the restaurant.
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dim Sum in downtown Toronto
My wife and I were staying in the Metropolitan Hotel and decided to try this for lunch. The dim sum was nicely prepared, service was prompt and attentive, and the prices were reasonable. If you like dim sum, this is an excelent choice in downtown Toronto.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Does not disappoint. Went with friends visiting from Hong Kong and they throughly enjoyed it.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to Lai Wah Heen a few times, but only for dim sum. This was our first time for dinner and the food was exceptional! We had the peking duck, the dim sum crab dumpling, shrimp dumplings and truffle and chicken dumplings, the shrimp with the chili and garlic, the scallops woth sugat snap peas and pine nuts and the kung pao chicken. Everything was delicious!!!! We will definitely be returning!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dim sum
We went for dim sum to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The food was superb. They have an extensive selection, combining traditional dishes (the standard siu mai, har gow, steamed ribs, etc) with original, sometimes western-influenced ones like steamed rice roll of mushrooms, pea shoots and truffle. This is also the place for very luxurious dim sum varieties like deep fried lobster dumplings with consomme, or silky tofu skins simmered in abalone sauce. Everything is executed perfectly. Most of all, the tea selection is the best I've ever seen, very reasonably priced, and expertly served.
Try to get a seat in the top section as the neighbourhood is not as glamorous as the dining room. The service is attentive and polite.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful and whimsical presentatio
Beautiful and whimsical presentation of dim sum. Outstanding service. A little on the pricy side, I'm saving this little gem for special occasions!
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Dim Sum
Had a fabulous dim sum brunch. Staff was wonderful and recommended many new interesting things. It was the best dim sum ever. Cant wait to goback!
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Dining experience
The atmosphere is very relaxed and quiet which truly enhances the dining experience. The staff are very friendly and efficient but non invasive. The food was amazing. Must try the scallops and snow peas.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative Asian Cuisine
We were introduced to a creative Asian cuisine, as opposed to the familiar Chinese food. It was a real pleasure, although expensive. Still, you get what you pay for, and this is definitely worth the price. The chef has a flair and creates dishes that are unexpected. I had pork belly while my wife had black cod. We shared a vermicelli with seafood. Dessert was very interesting and was almost like a smoothie, with fruit pieces and a very wide straw. Excellent dinner!
7/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a lovely time. Food
We had a lovely time. Food was excellent, service perfect and the cocktails were fantastic!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dim sum
I really enjoyed the dim sum. The difference between this place and any other dim sum place is the quality of ingredients. Crystal shrimp tasted fresh, hot and sour soup had shrimp that were cooked perfectly, pork dumplings had pork that you can actually taste (and want to taste), not just filler onions and spices.Turnip cakes were boring, as was the honey glazed pork, but the Berkshire pork dumplings were amazing. The ambiance is just ok - feels like a typical hotel restaurant. They validate parking, which would have been a bonus, had we known about it in advance.
It as pricy though, $70 for 2 people - 6 dishes and tea. I would return for another splurge, just not very often.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Chinese Fine Dining
The dim sum was excellent and selection was over the top exquisite and luxurious. The foie gras with minced pork in puff pastry as well as the chicken siu mai with truffles were amazing. I highly recommend the restaurant despite the hefty price tag $150 CAD for 4 people for dim sum. Most expensive dim sum we had but definitely worth it!!!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the most upscale Chinese restaurant in GTA. If you want good quality food with attentive service, this is the restaurant to go to. It is the priciest Chinese restaurant as well.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great fine dining Chinese
Great fine dining Chinese Restaurant!! My first time and definitely won't be the last... Staff was very friendly..
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding as always. Great attention to detail, amazingly fresh. Dim Sum offerings unique and exquisite.
My favorite location for special events.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Parking lot is old and ugly. Need better parking accommodations.
Otherwise everything else was excellent.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, and ambiance
It is a pleasure to dine here, not only a top-notch cuisine but a lovely surrounding. As we all know a beautiful Chinese restaurant is an oxymoron. Here you have both-- such s rare occurrence.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food & service continue to be excellent...This restaurant is the entire reason I stay at the hotel!!!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
High-end Dim Sum
The Dim Sum is very high-end and full of flavor. They do not have the rolling carts but you order exactly what you want much like an a la carte sushi menu. A little pricier than typical but well worth it. Service was very helpful and attentive. If I'm ever in Toronto again, I would definitely go back.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lai Wah Heen is a wonderful
Lai Wah Heen is a wonderful restaurant. For more than four years now I have been an occasional diner at Lai Wah Heen (four or five times a year). Every meal has been excellent and the food always memorable.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant and delicious dim sum. Not your usual dim sum resto. No carts, white linens and table service. I go ecery year during my trip to Toronto for TIFF.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
An amazing FOOD AND SERVICE affair!
My family and I live in Brampton and love eating out. Last Saturday we booked a table on line at Momofuku restaurant and the experience was cumbersome - a machine was speaking to us - we were unable to connect to a 'voice', hence we looked for another restaurant in the vicinity. We found LWH. We were running a few minutes late and called LWH and there was a polite reassurance that the table would be kept ready for us. Upon arrival at the restaurant an extremely courteous Maitre De Hotel guided us to our table and within minutes the drinks and starters were on the table! The recommendations for the main course was professional in that the ordering was perfect - no left overs at all. Take a bow Casper your service was delectable. Well Done!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great but service was just ok.
For the same price, I prefer dim sum place at Steeles & Warden SE corner.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Basically every time I'm in Toronto I hit Lai Wah Heen. Everything we ordered was wonderful from the various soups (all 4 of us had something different) to the Dim Sum we shared.
The menu seems to have changed slightly from last fall. I'm not sure if this is due to a change in kitchen staff, the fact that it had been set for too long and someone needed/wanted a change, or that some of the items had been hard/time consuming to make. The two things we missed were the great lobster shaped ... lobster dumplings that used to be available and a sweet beef or maybe it was pork in phylo/puff pastry that we used to enjoy.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Dim Sum EVER!
We have enjoyed dim sum many many times, and this trumps all other experiences. The Crab Dumpling that was modeled to look like a little crab was a delight to look at and to eat. Every choice was elevated to a new level. If you don't know what umami is before you eat here, you will understand after.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the first time that
This was the first time that I had a dinner at this elegant restaurant. It was a big surprise to me and my friends. The chef recommendation were amazing which were very delicious. Also the service were excellent. We spent two hours for the supper and we really enjoyed the unforgettable good time at here.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been a regular LWH patron since it opened over 20 years ago.
The food and service have always been at the highest level.
LWH had the most creative and delicious dim sum at mid-day and the full menu has excellent dishes made with exceptional ingredients.
The "white glove" service has always matched the food.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great great great
Overall excellent and very pleasurable...looking forward to go back
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful and classy spot
Dim Sum here is delicious. Offers gems not available at other Chinese dim sum restaurants or tasty twists on standards. Service is attentive and informative, ambiance serene. Nice wine list. Have been here for special meals with good friends and family and will definitely return.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Peking cuisine but...
The food here will not disappoint. We wished we could have had the Peking duck but there was only 2 of us plus our 3yo daughter. The only issue was the service we received was rushed. I felt like I was an inconvenience at times when ordering drinks or food. It may have been the specific server assigned to our table as the head waiter was great. Try it out as the food makes up for it.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dim Sum Favorite
After many years of having dim sum on plastic wrapped tables, Lai Wah Heen is a delightful change.
The restaurant is lovely, service impeccable and the dumplings delicious.
Everything we had was clean tasting and delicious.
An important item to note - they will make many other Chinese dishes that are not listed on the menu.
In our case, we particularly enjoy Singapore Vermicelli - best one I've had has been at Lai Wah Heen.
If you are looking for cheap dim sum, this is not your place.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lai Wah Heen
Upscale Asian restaurant offering very good regional Chinese dishes. High quality food and very attentive service, but these features are accompanied by higher prices. Very enjoyable experience.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Probably Sunday, very busy,
Probably Sunday, very busy, or else the service and food could be five stars :) :)
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM