At an awards ceremony held last month in Beijing, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou's Cantonese fine dining establishment Lai Heen (丽轩) was named one of the "2011 Best 50 Restaurants in China."
From the time-honored dim sum to seasonal delicacies, Lai Heen features authentic masterpieces hailing from contemporary and classic Cantonese cuisine. Besides the main dining room, the six private rooms and seven semi-private rooms are elegantly appointed venues perfect for any occasion. Prepared under the direction of the Chinese chefs, diners can savor signature culinary innovations embodying local influences. Expertly paired tea and wine options provide a perfect accompaniment.
The award, presented on February 25, was decided by readers of "FOOD & WINE" magazine, mystery diners a selection of food critics from across the nation. Lai Heen was the only hotel restaurant in affluent Guangzhou to earn the distinction- a distinction it has earned twice in the past three years.
Describing a meal at the restaurant, one critic involved in the awards' selection praised the Lai Heen's masterful team for "flexibly utilizing a variety of ingredients and culinary skills to offer a fresh and healthy dining experience for guests."
The "Best 50 Restaurants in China" awards are presented annually by "FOOD & WINE" magazine's China edition and are selected by the magazine's readers, by its editorial staff and by a group of food critics and professionals. Restaurants are scored on five axes: food, beverages, environment, service and value. The theme for the 2011 awards was "Classic Heritage."