#26 Lai Wah Heen

Lai Wah Heen

  • Opened 1995
  • DoubleTree Hilton, 108 Chestnut St., 2nd floor, Toronto (map)
  • 416-977-9899
  • www.laiwahheen.com

When Henry Wu sold the Metropolitan Hotel in early 2013, we worried for the fate of Lai Wah Heen, for years the best Cantonese restaurant in town, maybe in Canada. We are comforted that Lai Wah Heen’s former manager is now leasing the space from the hotel’s new owner, so it’s biz as usual. It remains a formal and elegant room with cooking to match. Wuxi spareribs are red-cooked juicy, spiced and sweetened by five-spice. Taiwanese triple cup chicken is steamed in clay pot with soy, rice wine and ginger, which creates chicken flesh that is ethereal for its tender moistness. At lunchtime they serve the best dim sum in town, gloriously fresh and interesting dumplings filled with the likes of lobster and Wagyu beef.


  • Lai Wah Heen
  • DoubleTree Hilton, 108 Chestnut St., 2nd floor, Toronto (map)
  • 416-977-9899
  • www.laiwahheen.com

  • Chef: Sam Tse
  • Sous Chef: Man Yang
  • Cuisine: Chinese,Dim Sum
  • Cost of dinner for two: $100
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 50+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Hotel parking available
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