By Lori Bosworth
Get ready for another Susur Lee creation. The world-renowned chef announced that he will open a high-end Chinese restaurant at Toronto’s SoHo Metropolitan Hotel in spring 2014. Luckee Restaurant and Bar will offer “Nouvelle Chinoise” based on classic dishes, and 24-hour dim sum service.
Lee spent time travelling throughout Guangdong, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and wanted to introduce Toronto diners to the traditional cooking of those destinations while giving the dishes a modern twist. Diners can expect sophisticated cuisine, which is the trademark of Lee.
The Toronto-based chef grew up in Hong Kong and recalls enjoying dim sum with his father and “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.”
Designed by Bent and Gable, Luckee’s Restaurant will feature a dim sum bar opening on to the kitchen and a private dining room for up to 18 guests.
Lee first experienced success with his Lotus restaurant, which opened in 2000 in downtown Toronto. Food & Wine named him one of the “Ten Chefs of the Millenium.” Lee now oversees three restaurants in Toronto and the Club Chinois in Singapore while appearing on the Food Network’s Top Chef Masters. He currently appears as a judge on the Food Network’s show, Chopped.
The SoHo Metropolitan Hotel is located at 318 Wellington Street West in Toronto.