Yan Toh Heen・欣圖軒
Tsim Sha Tsui
Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road
T: 2313 2323
Lunch HoursMon to Sat, 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm; Sun, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner HoursMon to Sun, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dress CodeSmart casual
Accept Credit CardYes
Date of review: January 1, 2010 | Reviewed by:
Warm and intimate, every seat in the house boasts a harbour view. Jade show plates and delicately carved chopsticks holders designed specially for Yan Toh Heen are nice touches.
Though most are steeped in Cantonese tradition, a few of the dishes at Yan Toh Heen offer creative fusion twists such as the golden scallops with minced shrimp and fresh pear. A whisper of batter surrounds the fruit and seafood bites; the delicate flavour is enhanced with a satisfying firmness. Also impressive is the double-boiled fish maw and sea whelk soup; its clear, intense broth could only be obtained with hours of preparation. The golden lobster with spicy salt is succulent and well paired with the fried rice with seafood and fungus, served in a stone pot and strewn with crunchy bits. Sadly, the crispy Lung Kong chicken is underwhelming, with the meat somewhat tough and the crispy skin rather bland. Yet this is quickly forgotten with the dramatic arrival of dessert: the chilled mango and sago with pomelo is served in a mist of dry ice within a jade bowl to retain its coolness - utterly delicious.
Yan Toh Heen offers an extensive wine list backed by an on-site cellar. However, an excellent selection of teas available to complement Cantonese cuisine.
Thoughtful, personable and knowledgeable staff make dining at Yan Toh Heen a joy from start to finish.
Dinner for two costs $1,600, and that’s without shark’s fin, bird’s nest or abalone.