Help, Celestine or Lai Toh Heen Tomorrow night.
It's a birthday dinner for two. What's important is the room. Warm and romantic, not to loud, and although niether of these two are casual we do not want stuffy. (Comfortable, friendly)
We love both types of cuisine. We have never been to any of the two.
Some advice would be great. Also what's best to order.
Lai Toh Heen has higher ceiling and hence less noisy. Currently, they have a special on Aussie/Japanese Wagyu beef. However, for only two and based on food alone, I would go for Celestine. Never had a bad experience!
I am not strongly disagreeing with Celestin, as, if you get the front room, it's quite intimate, and the food, as you seem to be aware, is quite good.
Lai Toh Heen adds valet parking, some fascinating unique high end dishes, and some unique spaces within the restaurant. I've only done lunches there, but thing that the very cool atmosphere with the unique menu and extremely good service could be a cool experience.
I recently had a superb lunch at Celestine. The wine list is also amazing as is the decor, service and food. You can't go wrong, it's old school french and wonderful. Never been to Lai Toh Heen but I've bee in and it's beautiful. Either way, bet you'll have fun.
You picked two good restaurants right across the street from each other. I went to one after another a few months ago, and enjoyed both, in different ways. I agree with someone who mentioned about high ceiling, I did enjoy the atmosphere more at LTH frankly. I hear that Celestin patio is probably nice, but it's not that time of the year...
I had great meals at both places, and they are just different in what they do and thus my suggestion is that you go to what you feel for more. French vs. Chinese. Clearly I am not much of help in deciding but just know that both of them are pretty solid.