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Susur reviews

Chili | Feb 13, 2001 01:25 PM

I went to Susur a while back and had a decent meal. Clearly, the food is unlike anything else you will taste in the city. However, it was far from perfect. I ordered the most expensive main course: lobster and sweetbreads with a cherry vinegar sauce. Very disappointing: the lobster was rather dry & tough and the sauce was great with the sweetbread, but completely masked the lobster. It was still a good meal, but my main bone of contention is with the Toronto restaurant reviewers (the "professionals"). I read several reviews before going to Susur and I swear to you, not one review mentioned a SINGLE negative aspect about the food. NOT ONE. I was able to find fault after only one visit, as were a couple of my friends (on separate visits). This simply reinforces my belief that these food critics are simply too scared to say anything bad about the great Susur Lee. Don't get me wrong - I think he is a fantastic chef, but the place is not perfect as their reviews would lead you to believe. Another problem: if you're going to spend nearly $200/person, how dare they force 2 sittings per night. For that kind of money, you should have the table for the entire evening....
By the way, for $90/person you can have a true 6-course tasting menu at Hemispheres restaurant with superbly prepared luxury ingredients (sevruga, lobster, foie gras, etc...). For my money, a much better use of limited gourmet cash.... The chef, Patrick Lin (formerly of Truffles), leans more towards traditional French style cooking, but he is extremely talented and a very nice guy, to boot. He frequently comes around and speaks with the guests and is more than happy to answer any of your food questions....

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