Three friends and I dined at Luckee (328 Wellington Street West), the newest Susur Lee restaurant to be opened in Toronto. The restaurant is connected to the Soho Metropolitan Hotel and in the midst of the bustling Entertainment District. It’s a short westbound streetcar ride from St. Andrew station and a one-block walk south on Blue Jays Way onto Wellington. Even on a Wednesday evening, the place was busy and exciting!
The snazzy decorations of the place immediately jumped out at me. I completely love the colours, design, and overall branding of the place.
Our server, Shane, was very personable and super enthusiastic about helping us pick out what to order. We went with a lot of his recommendations and were pretty happy with them. Dim sum is served traditionally on a cart only on weekends, but we were able to order them a la carte. I was a little worried after reading other reviews that some of the popular dishes would already be unavailable, but we were lucky (luckee? har har) that we got all the dishes we wanted. We were also informed that tasting menus are available starting at $40, but we opted to pick and choose our dishes instead.
THE CHEF’S AMUSE
Chinese celery, sesame, soy sauce, vinegar, black fungus, tofu
We were served a small complimentary salad and three different sauces, which was a nice start to the meal.
YU GOW (2pcs)
These were good, but didn’t especially stand out.
LONG XIA GOW (2pcs)
lobster & asparagus dumplings
I really enjoyed these dumplings! A pretty unique combination and great flavours.
SHRIMP CHEUNG FUN – RICE ROLL (6pc)
with soya juice
These and the long xia gow above were easily my favourite dumplings. They were crispy and chewy and had amazing flavour. Since there were four of us, our server was great in ensuring that we’d each get two instead of fighting over the last two pieces, haha. A definite must have dish here.
XIAO LONG BAO (4pc)
pork soup dumplings
Pork soup dumplings are always delicious to me, and this was no exception. Be careful not to burn your tongue with the hot soup though! :P
YUNNAN FRIED GARLIC RICE NOODLES
with crab meat, black pepper & egg
I liked this dish, though my friends thought even more highly of it than I did. This is also offered as a vegetarian dish but we had the one with crab meat.
LUCKEE DUCK (FOR TWO)
with peking style garnish
Since there were four of us, we debated getting the Luckee Duck for two or for four. Surprisingly, the duck for four ($38) costs more than twice the amount for two ($18). We decided on the two so that we could order more dishes to taste and try.
The duck came with ‘pancakes’ and a set of garnishes: kumquat marmalade, hoisin sauce with sesame, granny smith apples, Chinese celery. I was pretty impressed with how good the Peking duck was! I wasn’t a huge fan of the kumquat marmalade, but I must have just put two much of it.
CHAR SIU BEEF BRISKET
The beef brisket was easily my favourite main! It went well with sauce and beans and was so tender.
with egg custard & sesame
Not as interestingly presented as other dishes, we were initially a little disappointed to see that these were the rice donuts. The egg custard in the middle was pretty rich and delicious though! It would have been interesting to see what the other desserts were like – next time!
My friends and I enjoyed our evening here, and our totals came to $35 each including tax and tip – we were expecting worse! I still prefer Lee but Luckee definitely provided a great meal, great atmosphere, and great overall experience. I’d come back for drinks another time to try out their cocktails and the draft sake made in the Distillery District! :D