A Michelin Dinner at Tin Lung Heen

My Sunday was going great so far. I enjoyed the Harbourside buffet and views from The Peak. Now, it was time for a fancy night.

Usually for my final evening in any town I try to dine at a nice restaurant that offers a tasting menu. I decided to make a reservation at Tin Lung Heen located inside The Ritz-Carlton in West Kowloon.

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West Kowloon

The luxurious restaurant serves refined authentic Cantonese cuisine and currently possesses two Michelin stars.

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Two Michelin Stars

Michelin-starred Chef Paul Lau Ping Lui is highly regarded as one of the top Cantonese chefs in Hong Kong.

Tin Lung Heen
Entrance

The restaurant is on the 102nd floor. I was seated at a small table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Dining Room

The large windows offered a dramatic view of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline.

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102nd Floor

They offer a few different tasting menus. I went with their Signature Tasting Menu featuring the chef’s premium selection of dishes. It cost HK$2,102 (around $265). They also offer a wine paring for an additional HK$1,550 ($195), but I actually decided not to do it this time.

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Signature Tasting Menu

The tasting started off with a glass of champagne selected by the Sommelier.

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Champagne
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Cheers
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Liquor Wall

The first course was a trio of small bites. It included their signature barbecued Iberian pork with honey, chilled shredded abalone with jellyfish in sesame oil, and soy sauce chicken with ginger.

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First Course

The pork was very tender and slightly sweet from the honey glaze.

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Barbecued Iberian Pork

Instead of the wine paring, I just enjoyed a couple glasses of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

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Sauvignon Blanc

The next dish was a deep-fried crab shell filled with crab meat and onion. It was excellent. It was one of my favorite dishes.

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Fried Crab Shell

The side of fried pickled ginger complimented the richness of the dish perfectly.

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Fried Ginger
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Crab Meat

Next up was the double-boiled chicken soup with fish maw in a baby coconut.

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Chicken Soup

The soup was flavorful with a refreshing tang from the coconut. The fish maw added a unique texture and it’s supposedly a great source of collagen.

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Baby Coconut
The wok-fried spotted garoupa was light and delicate. It was topped with tiny dried fish which added some saltiness.
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Spotted Garoupa
The wok-fried Wagyu beef with garlic, red pepper, and pearl onions was another favorite.
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Wagyu Beef

The next dish was interesting and something I’ve never had before. It was braised bamboo fungus wrapped around spinach and topped with black truffle. I liked it.

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Bamboo Fungus

The last savory course was a bowl of beef fried rice with egg and green onion. I was pretty full at this point and found it a bit too carb heavy to end a meal. I did appreciate how every dish was served piping hot and only made once I finished the previous dish.

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Fried Rice

It was time for a few of the chef’s specialty desserts and they did not disappoint. The coconut red bean ball and sugar cookie were delightful. The deep-fried sesame ball filled with egg custard was amazing. I could’ve easily eaten a few more of those.

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Specialty Desserts

The chilled mango cream with sago and pomelo was fabulous. Sago is a starch taken from the center of sago palm stems, it’s similar to tapioca. Pomelo is a citrus fruit similar to a large grapefruit. It all made for a refreshingly sweet combination to end the tasting.

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Mango Cream

A cute box of toothpicks was placed on the table soon after.

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Toothpicks

I was given a bag of their special tea blend to take with me as well.

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Special Tea Blend

I can’t forget to mention the incredible service my waiter provided. He always checked on me, explained every dish, and made conversation.

I was all set and he showed me to the bathroom where I passed their caviar bar.

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Caviar Bar

He even offered to take a couple pictures of me in their impressive wine cellar hallway lined with lights, gold, glass, and mirrors.

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Cellar Hallway

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Dinner at Tin Lung Heen was great. The service was outstanding. The food was tasty and it was nice to try some unique ingredients. I enjoyed every course. The only one I didn’t care for much was the fried rice at the end.

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It was my final night and I had to enjoy a couple more drinks before calling it a night. Luckily, the bar I wanted to go to was also within The Ritz-Carlton. How convenient!


Tin Lung Heen
The Ritz-Carlton
Level 102, International Commerce Centre
1 Austin Road West
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
(852) 2263-2270
Website

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Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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