A world-renowned Toronto restaurant has closed its doors

A popular Chinese restaurant known for its high-end eats has permanently closed.

Located on the second floor of the DoubleTree Hotel at 108 Chestnut St., Lai Wah Heen had been serving up elevated dim sum to suits and tourists alike since 1995.

According to a representative from DoubleTree, the owner of Lai Wah Heen decided not to renew the lease at the end of February. At this point, they were uncertain as to whether or not the restaurant would be reopening.

Lai Wah Heen
Peking duck from Lai Wah Heen

For nearly three decades, Lai Wah Heen was considered as one of the best dim sum restaurants in Canada, earning accolades from publications like The New York Times who said that it was “the best dum sum in Toronto, maybe the best in North America.”

The fine dining experience set the Chinese restaurant apart from the rest, as Lai Wah Heen’s dim sum was incorporated with premium ingredients and top-notch presentation. Diners had the option of choosing from elaborate dim sum options including a $1,200 luxury banquet for 10.

Lai Wah Heen’s last service was on Feb. 26.

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