Toronto foodies and dim sum lovers get Luckee - Susur Lee to helm new upscale Chinese resto Luckee Restaurant and Bar at SoHo Metropolitan Hotel

Menu will offer refined, modernized Chinese cuisine with around-the-clock dim sum service

TORONTO, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Culinary superstar and Food Network judge, Susur Lee, announced today the launch of Luckee Restaurant and Bar, his much-anticipated new dining space in Toronto's SoHo Metropolitan Hotel.  Luckee's "Nouvelle Chinoise" menu will offer classic dishes and dim sum from the culinary traditions of Guangzhou, Hunan and Szechuan regions, updated and enhanced by Lee's delectable signature.

Lee explains that the idea to transform the comforting and recognizable recipes of traditional Chinese food with a modern touch was inspired by his travels throughout Asia, notably Guangdong, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. The chef's creative ambition in developing the menu at Luckee was to present Chinese cuisine at its most sophisticated levels -as it is currently practised in Asia - for food lovers in Toronto, where he has made his home and professional base.

"My first memories of Chinese food are eating dim sum with my father," said Susur Lee, who grew up in Hong Kong. "Tasting Cantonese black bean sauce for the first time - that moment has never left me. I hope that Luckee will also create an unforgettable experience for people who love Chinese food."

Conceived by interior design team Bent and Gable, Luckee's interiors will subtly blend accents of imperial red and wall-to-wall panels of dynastic architecture, with a nod to 20th century Chinoiserie. A dim sum bar that opens to the kitchen invites diners to watch working chefs; a private dining room for 18 guests is available for special events and custom-designed menus.

"We are honoured to have Chef Susur Lee preside over SoHo Metropolitan's restaurant," said Henry Wu, Metropolitan Hotels president and original founder of renowned Chinese restaurants Lai Wah Heen and Lai Toh Heen.

The launch of Luckee Restaurant and Bar marks an exciting new venture for the two Chinese cuisine luminaries, Lee and Wu. "At Luckee, we have assembled the best Chinese kitchen team I know and put it under the leadership of culinary giant Susur Lee, who I have known as a dear business partner and friend for almost 20 years," says Wu.

Luckee Restaurant and Bar will open this spring.

About Susur Lee
Hong Kong-born, Toronto-based celebrity chef Susur Lee began his career as a 16-year-old apprentice at Hong Kong's elegant Peninsula Hotel. Shortly after opening his critically praised Lotus restaurant in 2000 in downtown Toronto, Lee was anointed one of the "Ten Chefs of the Millenium" by Food & Wine and has earned accolades from food columnists and diners ever since. Between helming three restaurants in Toronto and over-seeing his prestigious Club Chinois in Singapore, Lee makes numerous television appearances and travels the globe as guest chef and consultant.  He became a media sensation on the Food Network's Top Chef Masters, where he vanquished 20 competing chefs and crossed filleting knives with Marcus Samuelsohn in a kitchen showdown. He currently appears as a judge on the Food Network's hit show, Chopped.

About Luckee Restaurant and Bar
Luckee Restaurant and Bar serves authentic, refined Chinese cuisine with dim sum service around-the-clock. The restaurant offers an open kitchen bar surrounded by high-top seating and a private, 18-seat dining room for special events and custom menus. Luckee is headed by celebrity chef Susur Lee and is situated at the restaurant's first location at SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto.


SOURCE: Metropolitan Hotels

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