Yan Toh Heen 欣圖軒
Intercontinental Hotel near Tsim Sha Tsui station
The moment we were seated, not exactly the harbour view but actually the impressive cutlery set was the most captivating item at Yan Toh Heen 欣圖軒. Largely made from or embellished with the classy Jade, it seems to have set the standard already for this refined Cantonese restaurant, not mentioning its recent upgrade from a star to two.
Yan Toh Heen Superior Dumplings
Steamed Scallop with Black Truffles and Vegetables Dumpling
Steamed Lobster Dumpling with Bird’s Nest and Gold Leaf
Steamed King Crab Leg Dumpling with Green vegetables
Lets just start off with what that impressed us the most first – this dim sum platter trio that is overflowing with so many congruent elements. And my favourites go to the steamed scallop and lobster dumplings that are both prepared to the perfect bouncy consistency, exuding a lasting natural sweetness from within, all complemented beautifully by the clever use of the lightly scented black truffles and bird’s nest! HKD $168.
Steamed seafood dumpling in Soup with King Crab Leg and Bamboo Piths. This bowl was ordered to quell the penchant for Cantonese double boiled soup and indeed it was a memorable one. Lightly herbal initially with a gentle umami aftertaste, the soup was simply impeccable while the plump decadent seafood dumpling is strongly packed with a crustacean aroma. HKD $138.
Baked Roasted Duck and Taro Bun. Its fluffy flaky overcoat is made faultless over at Yan Toh Heen, while the bottom is given a light pan sear to increase the crustiness of the bun. And the twist involves the use of roasted duck over Char Siu. Very delicious duck buns here with perfect texture! HKD $72.
Steamed Sea Cucumber, Seafood and Shrimp Roe Dumplings. HKD $84.
Wok fried Turnip Cake and Air dried Meat with Homemade XO chilli sauce. Well, the turnip cake was seasoned adequately, made heavier in tasting by the lap cheung bits, but unfortunately lacked the coveted wok hei. HKD $160.
Crispy Spring Roll with Prawn. HKD $72.
There might be minor slips and pretty normal dishes in the extensive menu at Yan Toh Heen, but the really special and excellent ones managed to blow us away. And together with the beautiful Harbour view, your lunch would be rendered a really relaxing one.
And lastly, a big Happy New Year to my HK loves!
Verdict: A good restaurant.