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Lee - bit long

shana | Apr 28, 2006 10:37 AM

Hi there - first time posting my own review so to speak - usually just lurk around and make the odd comment.

I went to Lee last night for a friend's b-day dinner.

Had a good time and some of the food was amazing but curious what others have thought.

I was a bit turned off at the service - it was over the top and patronizing. Perhaps they've had problems with people not understanding the concept in the past but each staff person we encountered - 2 hosts, 2 bar staff, the waiter in the bar area and two waiters at our table all very slowly and clearly explained the way it works: ordering small tapas style dishes to share with the table each person should order at least 2 or 3.

I was beginning to think they thought english was our second language. I half expected them to start speaking really loudly and using hand guestures. On the other hand the bussing service was excellent - our water glasses never dropped below half empty, crumbs were brushed away and napkins refolded when anyone left to visit the restroom.

I guess there is a fine line between making someone feel pampered and taken care of and making someone feel like a rube who's never eaten out before.

But onto the most important thing - FOOD! There were six of us so we all ordered different things which meant we tried almost everything on the menu. I was blown away with the tomato and beet salad, the advocado and pineapple salad, the crab orzo, the black cod and the duck crepe.

I'd heard raving reviews about the Singapore slaw which I did think was great and the colours beautiful but it wasn't earth shattering.

The goat cheese, olive and fig tart was so tiny I barely got a taste. The matchstick potatoes are so thin they were tasteless but they looked impressive coming to the table.

The Thai lentils were the only dish we all agreed we didn't like and the only thing that went unfinished.

I'd go back for the duck alone. And shock the wait staff by not sharing a crumb of it with the table cause it's that good!

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