Yan Toh Heen is the Hong Kong Intercontinental’s Cantonese restaurant. Whilst the restaurant is not new, and has long been one of the city’s best, it has always been somewhat underrated. Earlier this year, the entire restaurant got a makeover, making it all that much more inviting, and welcoming.
The difference is remarkable. The room has changed the colour scheme, and now is a lot brighter, more welcoming, and contemporary. The beautiful presentation plates have been kept, as they have become part of the restaurant’s identity over the years.
Food-wise, the menu showcases some of the most successful renditions of Cantonese classics available in the city. To begin with suckling pig comes with remarkably delicate, crispy skin, and the right balance of juicy meat, sauce, and skin. This is up there with the finest in the city, and a must order when here.
Almost obscene is a combination of foie gras, wagyu beef that is served with a delicate bun on the side. The richness of this dish is almost too much, but at the same time a hearty, intensely savoury sauce balances everything. The quality of the foie gras used makes it hold its firm texture, even after being cooked, whilst the meat itself is meltingly tender. This one of the most captivating plates of available in Hong Kong
A dessert that is almost on every single Cantonese restaurant in Hong Kong is mango, sago, and pomelo. The mango is served as a thick coulis, to which sago pearls are added, as well as filaments of pomelo. All depends on the quality of the products in this relatively simple dish, and at Yan Toh Heen, the final product is one of the best in town. There is a perfect balance between sweetness, freshness, and a slight, almost imperceptible bitterness from the pomelo. This is both light, and richly flavoured, making it the ideal way to end a meal here.
Yan Toh Heen has become a lot more attractive as a restaurant, but the cooking has not changed much, and if anything, has become even better. Alongside One Harbour Road, and Man Wah, it has to be one of the best high-end Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong.