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
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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