Lee

After hearing only amazing things from friends about Lee (601 King Street West), three friends and I made it out to this classy Asian-French-fusion restaurant for a pretty exquisite culinary experience. :D

Lee is a tapas restaurant owned by Top Chef celebrity, Susur Lee. We didn’t get to see or meet him since he was at a private event at the restaurant. He also owns another restaurant, Bent, with his two sons – Bent is also now on my dining wishlist. Lee is easily accessible by TTC. From either King or St. Andrew station, take a streetcar west to Portland.

We ordered five dishes and three desserts:

01

SINGAPOREAN STYLE SLAW
“19 amazing ingredients”
$20

Here’s what the Slaw looks like pre-tossed (plus a recipe!). It’s the signature dish and a must-have at this restaurant, and I wasn’t disappointed. The picture above really doesn’t do it justice. So much flavour and I enjoyed the crunchiness. I really wanted to eat more than my fair share of this dish, haha.

02

BLACK PEPPER CHARRED TUNA SASHIMI & SPICY TARTARE
soya bean, tomato sauce, tofu crisps
$28

Loved this, too! Our server mentioned it was one of his favourite dishes. The sashimi was excellent and the tartare had a nice kick to it.

03

SPICE CRUSTED DIVER SCALLOP
spiced Chinese sweet bean pesto, crispy bacon, squash purée, fresh grapefruit
$26

This was an interesting variety combo of tastes! This dish normally comes in three, but our server noted to present us with four so we could each have one.

04

TOP CHEF GREEN CURRY CHICKEN
crispy multi-grain rice cake, pine nuts, spiced tomato jam, oven dried pineapple, chili mint (Top Chef Award Winning Dish)
$28

Definitely delicious, and my favourite of the evening in terms of presentation. I thought the curry sauce looked a little sparse when we were first presented with this dish, but it’s actually very rich and flavourful.

05

RACK OF LAMB THAILANDAISSE
banana fritter, chili mint, tomato lentil-cumin stew, coconut carrot cardamom chutney
$29

The lamb was perfectly cooked and one of my favourite dishes. I also couldn’t believe how amazing the banana fritter tasted!

06

Dessert Special: CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE
chocolate banana cake with caramel glaze, marshmallow with toasted coconut, and vanilla ice cream with a blueberry purée
$12

I enjoyed this, but it paled in comparison to the other two desserts that were more put together. I think the chocolate banana cake could have been a little more moist and nothing particularly stood out in taste or creativity as they did in the other dishes.

07

FRENCH & CHINESE TONG YUEN
warm sweet rice dumpling, chocolate nougat (contains nuts)
$12

This was the most unique-tasting dessert of the evening, and definitely my favourite of the three. Wholeheartedly recommend.

08

PEAR TART
lemon sour cream ice cream, almond cream, white chocolate, Susur’s Ice Syrup
$12

Nine times out of ten, I’ll pick a dessert primarily composed of chocolate, but I’m glad we got this as well. It was a great blend of flavours.

This is a great place to splurge for a special occasion! I’m an absolute fan of places with sharing-style menus, and this was perfect for taste sampling among a group of four. The main dishes were served to us one at a time from cold to hot, and it was perfectly paced. The three desserts were served to us together. The restaurant started getting busy as we were leaving (on a Monday evening!) but the atmosphere stayed relaxed, and service was amazing and attentive.

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