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Michelin star for Lai Heen Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou

Lai Heen, the signature Cantonese restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou has earned its first Michelin star in the inaugural Michelin Guide Guangzhou 2018. It is one of only eight restaurants in Guangzhou to receive this coveted award.

“We are very privileged that Lai Heen has been awarded a star in this first edition of the Michelin Guide Guangzhou,” said Matthias Vogt, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou. “It is a testament to our commitment to culinary excellence in a city known as the food capital of China. This is a well-deserved recognition for the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, from our culinary teams to our restaurant operations teams, who dedicate themselves to crafting memorable and exceptional dining experiences for our guests every day.”

Helmed by Chef Gordon Guo, the cuisine of Lai Heen accentuates the freshness of seasonal ingredients and showcases exquisite Cantonese delicacies through careful balancing of colors, aromas, textures and tastes. Chef Guo has over two decades of experience in Cantonese cuisine and is famed for his creativity, as well as his passion for personally selecting and bringing fresh natural ingredients to the table.The menu at Lai Heen is constantly evolving, with classic and contemporary favorites such as Poached Sunflower Chicken, Braised Shrimp With Okra in Homemade Sauce and Steamed Crab Custard.

Lai Heen welcomes guests into a luxurious, jasmine-scented world of sophisticated dining. The restaurant’s muted burgundy-and-silver color scheme evokes the ambiance of old Canton. On the tables, silver-tipped ebony chopsticks and delicate bone china hold the promise of an extraordinary culinary experience for guests.

Lai Heen is the ninth restaurant from The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Asia-Pacific to receive a Michelin star rating. Other Ritz-Carlton restaurants with this honor include the 2-star Tin Lung Heenat The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, with its spectacular views from the 102nd floor of the International Commerce Center. Ritz-Carlton restaurants in the Asia-Pacific region with one-star each are: Toscaat the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Summer Pavilionat the The Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore, Lai Heenat The Ritz-Carlton Macau, Jin Xuanat The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong, Azure 45at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, La Baieat The Ritz-Carlton Osaka and Tempura Mizukiat The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Lots of clues here, adding up to suggest a great gastronomic experience. Ritz-Carlton, Cantonese restaurant in Guangzhou, Michelin star. What a place to eat.

  2. Top class restaurants must have a menu that evolves. If they’re so good that you want to return frequently you can quickly work your way through the menu. It’s nice to see something new and exciting every time you walk into a restaurant.

  3. One for my notebook!

    I never know where business will take me. One of the little treats that keeps me going when I’m away from home is my list of good restaurants that I come across.

    In my book I make a list of exceptional restaurants that I read and hear about.

  4. If I got served a dish that beautiful I’m not sure that I could bring myself to eat it.

    It looks more like a work of art than supper.

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