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692 Mount Pleasant Rd. (Soudan St.) Send to Phone
More relaxed and neighborhood-y than its exalted sister restaurant, this spot is known for its tweaked dim sum and Cantonese dishes.

Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Lai Toh Heen Restaurant Review

: White brick walls, plush red banquettes, dark wood floors and an onyx bar set the stage for finer dining than in the average Chinese restaurant. As the sister restaurant to the exalted Lai Wah Heen, it has big expectations to fill. While its reach is sometimes beyond its grasp with some of the modern interpretations of regional Chinese, the Cantonese dishes (often with their own avant-garde twist) are most satisfying. Dim sum is the big draw at lunch. Served hot from the kitchen come steamed crystal purses, a tofu brick filled with shellfish or a less-than-Asian offering of smoked salmon and cream cheese-filled dumplings and foie gras-filled pastry. In the evening, six- and-eight-course tasting menus and deluxe dinners with high cost ingredients (shark’s fin, abalone) are an option. Save the money and pick from the regular menu. Shrimp wonton in chicken consommé is delicate and savory. Tempura-battered jumbo prawn stuffed with shrimp mousse atop peeled asparagus is a tasty combo of textures and flavors. The interplay of texture and subtle notes woos again in crispy noodles with shredded chicken. Forgo the lamb rack and its goopy sauce (it’s heavy on chili and garlic). Make sure to try the Senses Bakery desserts or in-house mango pudding and ginger-filled sesame balls. Service, while very willing, can be comic with dishes arriving on top of each other.


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