Well in regards to Crystal Jade in SF, I went to the restaurant relatively early when it opened. I thought some of the food items were decent, however, the service was a little scattered and the price was very high for the quality (I thought there were similar places that executed the food at lesser prices). So not sure if I can consider it haute in that standard.
Not even trying to reach for Lung King Heen, but there are few Cantonese restaurants in the Bay Area that can match Vancouver or Toronto’s Cantonese restaurants. So I don’t think I would opt for that comparison.
The author of the article mentioned they really enjoyed Flower Drum in Melbourne, but I recently dined there (well… three months or so ago) and thought they did a good job on the food (didn’t think it was out of this world), but maybe the things I ordered weren’t their forte? I really don’t know. Would it be best if they all had prix fixe menus? Better yet, are we comparing lunch or dinner service? Most of the time they do dim sum for lunch and dinner would be an entirely different affair.