Lung King Heen

Fresh Cantonese cuisine with harbor views
VERIFIED LUXURY
Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is, quite simply, among the very best Cantonese restaurants in the city and, by extension, the world. Located on the fourth floor of the hotel, Lung King Heen offers Victoria Harbour views from a dining room full of understated luxury. 

Chef Chan Yan Tak’s artfully presented food deftly balances contemporary influences with unwavering respect for tradition. Seafood figures prominently, along with delicacies such as bird’s nest and abalone, but meat and poultry (including a sublime roast chicken) are treated with aplomb, too. 

Perhaps it goes without saying that this is a fantastic place to experience two of the region’s great glories: barbecue and dim sum. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant’s reputation means that reservations are scarce. So book well in advance, especially if you want one of those window seats … and you’ll definitely want one of those window seats.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• Dim sum is served during the day, along with various set lunches on weekdays that business diners will appreciate. And should you be in the mood for dinner, a chef’s tasting menu is also available, with suggested wine pairings.

• A la carte choices are extensive, and sorted into barbecue and appetizers, soups, prestige ingredients (like abalone), chef’s specialties, seafood, meat, poultry, vegetables (including many purely vegetarian choices), noodles or rice, and dessert. Each section contains at least a dozen choices. As is typical with Chinese cooking, most dishes are meant to be shared. 

• With a menu as copious as Lung King Heen’s it’s hard to decide what to order. Luckily, the servers are happy to offer advice. Sticking to the dishes marked as “chef’s recommendations” is another good strategy.
Things to Know
• Lunch is a relative steal. The six-course “Executive Set Lunch” (seven if you count the petits fours) goes for HK$485, or about $63 USD, a fair amount and less than one will spend at dinner.

•  Children over three are welcome at Lung King Heen and even catered to with their own menu of ultra-mild foods (and not a chicken finger in sight).

• Hong Kong has its own Big Dig, with construction of an underground highway going on directly in front of the hotel. Some diners may find it captures Hong Kong’s dynamism, while others may find it less than scenic.
The Food
• Lung King Heen offers a menu of traditional and creative Cantonese specialties.

• The barbecue pork with honey is a superb example of one of the region’s greatest foods.

• Scallops with fresh pear and Yunnan ham are a delicious exercise in contrasting textures.

• The signature roast chicken has crackling golden skin and succulent meat.

• The crispy marinated pork loin in a fermented red bean crust comes with deep fried morsels of pork that are served with steamed pancakes and julienned spring onions. 

• In the wok-fried prawns with black garlic and dried chili, the sweet prawns get a kick of fermented heat from the garlic and chili.
The Look
• Lung King Heen is an oasis of understated elegance in a city that tends toward over-the-top opulence. Glass, wood, and metal adorn the room, while textured cloth in deep red covers columns throughout.

• Deeply varnished wood floors add warmth while silver-leaf ceiling panels shaped like the shells of razor clams shimmer almost like mother-of-pearl.

• Glass threaded with silk to look like a Chinese landscape painting serves as a partition while letting light through.

• White linens cover the tables, some of which are set with modern, brown leather chairs while others have wood frames that are more classically Chinese.

• A striking water feature at the entrance of the restaurant adds some positive feng shui for good measure.
Getting There
8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, China
TEL852-3196-8880