The service is formal in Lai Wah Heen's elegant dining room topped with a sculpted ceiling and surrounded with etched-glass turntables and silver serving dishes. Here mahogany-color Peking duck is wheeled in on a trolley and presented with panache as it's cut into paper-thin slices. Excellent choices from the 100-dish inventory include wok-fried shredded beef tenderloin with sun-dried chili peppers, and dried seafood delicacies like dried scallops with fried garlic on a bed of vegetables. Dim sum is divine for lunch: meat–filled morsels and translucent dumplings burst with juicy fillings of shark's fin sprinkled with bright-red lobster roe and in shrimp dumplings with green tops reminiscent of baby bok choy.
Apr 22, 2010
Do you get bewildered by the presence of table linens as opposed to animal zodiac placemats in a "Chinese" restaurant in North America? If so, it is very possible you'll be impressed by Lai Wah Heen. Once you get over the sticker shock and order something, that is. Been here a couple of times - just not that memorable, even after my $49 single-serving soup. Many restaurants in Chinatown NOT gentrified or housed in a fancy-ish hotel will provide
cheerfully decent un-mainstreamed food. Several are perfectly 21ist-century and easy on the eye. If you insist on spending this kind of money - do it in Hong Kong or Taipei. Even East-LA overflows with affordable-but-banquet-worthy Chinese. There's just no real reason to perpetuate a travel-guide cliche.
May 9, 2008
Terribly disappointing after all the hype. Neither of us particularly enjoyed the meal. We also tried Lai Toh Heen and it was downright awful. There are many better Chinese restaurants around without the hype or or the over inflated restaurants.