Last week, I went with two friends to try the dim sum brunch at Luckee, Susur Lee's new Chinese restaurant.
My two friends are French guys. And the two French guys behind yummybaguette.com. That is to say they are really, really picky about desserts. One of them, a vegetarian, has travelled extensively throughout Asia. That is to say he is truly picky about Asian food. I'm just a girl who loves good food. We all loved it!
Luckee Chinese Restaurant & Bar is located at 328 Wellington Street West, within the Soho Hotel in Toronto. You can use their own door (passing by a whimsical mural) but I recommend you enter through the Soho Hotel, stop on the threshold and look up to admire Chihuly's fantastic glasswork with the CN Tower in the background.
On your left, take in the dramatic decor of Luckee's beautiful lounge, mixing up the modern and traditional with luscious red velvet furniture, modern lamps and huge photo of a bather. The restaurant section is beyond the bar. It includes a counter overlooking the busy kitchen. (I was told that we can also eat in the lounge when the section is open.)
You can dine there Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and have a dim sum brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The bar section is open daily from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Note that the regular menu also offers dim sum, just not as many as you'll find on the dim sum brunch menu. You can reserve online.
I'm sure everything is equally good on the menu but our favourite amongst the selection we tasted during our visit: the crunchy texture of the rice rolls, the beautiful square shape of the crab and tofu dim sum and the cloud-like fell of the coconut tart. We didn't take alcohol and it cost us $33 per person, tax and tip included. We'll be back!
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