4.75 Stars – Overall Experience
4.0 Stars – Price
5.0 Stars – Service
5.0 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
5.0 Stars – Atmosphere
Lee Restaurant screams fusion in every respect, including it’s atmosphere. Pink Lucite tables mixed with wood chairs and hardwood floors, surrounded by beautiful brick walls, lead to this beautiful blend of fine dining elegance mixed with trendy sophistication. And to top it off, the large windows stream in amazing natural light, which really sets off the space. In the summertime their street side patio is packed with hungry patrons, and why not as this is one of the hottest restaurants in town with hard to come-by outdoor seating! Top marks goes to their interior designer as this unique venue really is a thing of beauty.
The service at Lee goes above and beyond in many ways. First off our lovely waitress was not only friendly, but very knowledgeable about the menu. As it was my first time eating here and I had heard so many great things, I wanted to make sure I ordered something that would make me swoon, so I looked to our waitress for guidance on that. Instead of the typical “list the entire menu and how good everything is and never really giving me a definitive answer” approach, she pointed me exactly in the right direction giving me specific favourites and opinions, which I very much appreciated! On top of that, after each course our table was promptly wiped down and our cutlery and plates exchanged for new ones. The cherry on top was when a young woman pulled up to our table with a table side bar cart to offer us a special off the menu sangria. Unfortunately we had already put in our drink order, but the whole concept of this elegant table side service really set the tone for the evening. Next time I will have to give it a try!
I had had dinner at Bent before (another restaurant of Susur Lee’s) and really enjoyed my cocktail there, so I decided to give it another go at Lee. After debating for a while between the Niagara (Prosecco, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Chef Lee’s Vidal Ice Syrup, Rose Tea Reduction) and the Coconut Lemongrass Margarita (Tromba Blanco Tequila, Malibu Cocount Rum, Coconut Milk, Fresh Squeezed Lime, Lemongrass), I decided to go with the Niagara with the help from our waitress. The sweetness and bubbles swarmed my tastebuds and I made sure to make the drink last as long as I could (a challenging task). I would absolutely recommend this, but you have to enjoy sweet drinks to really like it. My husband had a few Jameson Whiskey’s on the rocks, which were generously poured.
If you haven’t heard of Susur Lee’s famous Signature Singaporean Slaw, you might have been living under a rock for the past few years. Never has a “salad” been so beloved and talked about by the people. With a whopping 19 ingredients, this dish will bring your dining experience to a whole new level. Skeptical at first on how so many different elements could come together so well, I quickly became a believer after experiencing the first bite. It is truly a symphony of flavour and a MUST have if you make your way to Lee Restaurant. Not to mention it is beautifully presented and a server mixes it up while listing all the ingredients right at your table. Big enough for 2!
Again our amazing waitress came to our rescue when it came time to deciding our mains. My husband chose the Cheese Burger Spring Rolls (he really liked them and what a fun, creative twist on two very standard dishes), while I decided to give the Green Curry Lentil Gratin a try. Have you ever taken a bit of food and had to close your eyes and sit back, because you need to dedicate all your energy to enjoying the taste of it? Well if you haven’t, then you might want to head over to Lee Restaurant and order this dish as that was exactly my experience. I ate so slowly as I didn’t want this culinary experience to end. The most profound flavour that came out was their generous use of Kaffir leaves, which gives Asian cuisine that beautiful lime flavour. Cheesy, sweet, savoury and all with a hit of citrus, whatever they did to this dish they need to keep doing it! Hands down one of the best meals I have had in my life!
My husband and I are huge fans of ice cream, so we decided to go for it at Lee’s since the rest of the meal had been so enjoyed. Three generous scoops of ice cream (lemon sour cream, passion fruit and vanilla bean) are surrounded by wild blueberry preserves, butterscotch sauce and caramel popcorn and topped with a beautiful cookie on top. Susur Lee knows his textures as a mouthful off all these ingredients was quite divine. As the other two courses were so good, this was my third favourite, but still a great way to end such a wonderful meal!
First off the famous slaw is actually vegan so already a great start and in addition there is a whole portion of their menu called Veg&Salad where I can eat all the options as they are vegetarian friendly. This restaurant is a great dining experience for mixed groups of diets and they also list that there is an allergy menu available. Very appreciative of the many incredible options I have to chose from at this restaurant.
This is really the only downside to this restaurant as with great food, service and atmosphere comes a higher price. Our entire meal (which included 3 orders of the whiskey) came to around $130. That being said all of the above made it very much worth it and when put into perspective on how great everything was, I feel that the food and experience justifies the price. Unfortunately I won’t be able to eat out here on a regular basis due to that, but I will definitely go back for special occasions or when I feel like treating myself.
Time of Dinner: 5:45pm
Date: Friday July 1st, 2016
- THE NIAGARA
- SUSUR’S SIGNATURE SINGAPOREAN STYLE SLAW
- FRESH GROUND GREEN CURRY LENTIL GRATIN
- 3 ICE CREAMS
Be sure to make reservations as they often get busy!
Check out their website for more details at http://www.susur.com/lee/.