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About Lai Wah Heen Restaurant
At the internationally renowned Lai Wah Heen Restaurant, cuisine and culture come together to create an authentic Chinese dining experience that remains unrivaled amongst Toronto’s top-seated restaurants.
Lai Wah Heen, meaning “a luxurious meeting place,” has achieved the superb quality and true character of the best Hong Kong restaurants.
With accolades from; The New York Times - “the best dim sum in Toronto, maybe the best in North America”, Gourmet Magazine – “a sense of Hong Kong’s new culinary design” and enRoute Magazine – “edible masterpieces rarely savoured outside of Hong Kong”, Lai Wah Heen Restaurant continues to deliver the highest standards to Toronto diners.
The Lai Wah Heen team brings the latest trends in Chinese cuisine – exotic herbs and spices from the Pacific Rim, skillful use of tropical fruits and seafood dishes of exquisite refinement.
Toronto, ON M5G 1R3
Chinese, Dim Sum
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
Lunch: 11:30AM - 3:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lunch: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Lunch: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Dinner: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dundas St. W, Doubletree Hilton 2/F
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a special rate of $ 5.00 per car for our patrons to park at the hotel underground parking, available on a first come first serve basic.
South West corner of Dundas Street and Chestnut street.
Two blocks west of Dundas subway station.
Two blocks east of St. Patrick subway station.
Private Party Facilities:
Our Chef’s Table is located at the south east corner of the dining room, a platform table can seat up to 14 guests, surrounded by glass wall with a breathtaking view.
The VIP room provides private dining in maple-paneled seclusion, which accommodates maximum 20 guests.
The minimum charge of the Chef’s Table and the VIP Room is $80.00 / person for dinner and $40.00 / person for lunch, minimum for 10 persons. Pre-arranged menu is required, please contact our manager for details
Private Party Contact:
Manager: (416) 977-9899
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Lai Wah Heen Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I went to Toronto with a friend who once lived there and frequented Lai Wah Heen for Sunday brunch. The dim sum was incredible! The waiter was very helpful with suggestions of volume to order. All of the food was delicious and beautifully prepared. I highly recommend this restaurant...and there is free parking in the Doubletree's garage.
We went for the Peking Duck. The duck skin was not crispy, the waiter prepared each pancake away from the table where my guests could not see the procedure, the pancakes were too thick and heavy and not enough sauce was put on the pancake. I was disappointed. We should have been given the ingredients and allowed to prepare each pancake to our taste.
While waiting for the duck, a waitress placed three plates of dim sum in front of us, without comment. They seemed too large to be complimentary and were whisked away when I asked what they were. They were then delivered to another table of three.
For dessert we ordered ice cream. It was store-bought and took a long time to arrive.
For many years this has been our favourite place for Cantonese-style dim sum in Toronto, and it's always a pleasure to return. It's an elegant, upmarket space that manages to be relaxed and warm at the same time. The service is attentive and discreet, and helpful when help is needed. We ordered the prix fixe tasting menu ($100 for 2) and a couple of basic add-ons - har gao and some greens (kale) in oyster sauce. They do these basics perfectly, which is always a good sign in an expensive restaurant. Har gao, for instance, always seems to me to be the ideal test for a dim sum place at whatever level, and here both the wrapping (soft but also slightly chewy) and the filling (large firm pieces of prawn) were as good as you will find anywhere in Hong Kong. The prix fixe items are their show pieces and our responses were uneven. Some items were superb - the seafood bisque, the noodles with lobster in a delicious truffle broth, the crab claw, both the dessert items. Others were just a little disappointing; for instance, the mushrooms and vegetables wrapped in bean curd with grated truffles seemed strangely tasteless to both of us. Two other comments: their flagship items seem to have gotten larger and more difficult to handle with chopsticks (not quite little treasures any longer), and I think they could do away with the hokey animal shaped items - mice, crabs etc. When we return - which of course we shall - we'll choose the items we like best from the general menu rather than the prix fixe, but the prix fixe is a very good place to start for anyone coming here for the first time. The pu erh tea was excellent as always.
Lai Wah Heen is a great place to meet friends downtown where you can actually talk. A flexible menu allows everyone to have traditional food with new twists. We were there during the week and the clients varied from business people, couples, friends anf family.
It was an enjoyable dim sum. We had prefix plus extra choices. Server was so nice. The only negative was the guy at the door. Too busy talking on the phone to acknowledge us. When we moved towards the restaurant to have a peek he abruptly told us to " stay right here". Thankfully we were sat by a nice gentleman.
Did not like it at all. Had the chicken, tofu and fried rice. Thought these would be the safest. Most of them were tasteless. The fried rice was very dry as well. Presentation of food was also unappetizing.
There was also a party that night and they were very loud.
We come every year for my mom's birthday because this is NOT run-of-the-mill fast Chinese food and this is her favourite cuisine. You won't find buffet-style fried things like sweet and sour chicken balls with the red sugary sauce. You WILL find delicious authentic regional dishes, including some items that even a non-adventurous eater would be willing to try. Service is very quick and efficient, portions are perfect for sharing and we see the same friendly and professional staff every year, which is a good sign.
It's a real gem of a restaurant inside a very mainstream downtown hotel popular with tourists, the Double Tree Hilton in Chinatown. Prices are not inexpensive but are well worth the cost. Don't dress down here, you'll look a bit out of place if you do.
I have eaten many times in this restaurant in the past. Unfortunately, I have seen a consistently declining quality of service. The food is special and authentic and the peking duck is a classic, however when it is served with zero passion, no up-sell, cross-sell, absolutely uninterested serving staff, then the best food in the world becomes drab. The serving staff seemed almost eager to send a client home earlier than asking them to stay and enjoy more food/drinks. My sincere request to them is to bring in eager, client friendly hospitality gems in front of house staff. Again, food is awesome, but needs to be served with same passion.
We came to this restaurant because Francine Prose praised it in her 2014 NYT article celebrating the diversity of restaurants in Toronto. We liked the food quite a bit. But we had a strangely indifferent-bordering-on-hostile waitress who assumed we didn't want tea, spilled our soy sauce when she slammed down a dish, and frowned every time she dropped something off. Not sure what her problem was, but it definitely put a damper on things.
We were pleased with the entire evening as we shared wine and several varied orders. All the food was delicious. This restaurant isn't near to where we live but we absolutely would choose to go again as we so enjoyed our meal, the atmosphere and the service.
We were rather disappointed with our recent visit. It seems the quality and standards have dropped over the years. I previously dined here a few times, the last being in 2010, and remember really enjoying the dim sum for its high quality and taste. Now, seven years later, it has become a restaurant where fine dining presentation is used to mask the quality of ingredients. The dumpling and rice-roll skin were way too thick, the glutinous rice was cold and hard, there was barely a sliver of abalone in the congee, and the egg tarts were under-baked, just to name a few. The food portion was tiny, with nothing unique to justify the high prices. You can definitely get way better dim sum elsewhere, for equal or less money.
Not how we remembered the food or ambience from the time we regularly ate here and at their former second spot on Mt. Pleasant. From being a special place, far in front of almost every other Chinese resto in Toronto, they seemingly have fallen back into the middle of the pack.
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