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Lee review

sunnyside | Aug 19, 2005 10:48 AM

I went to Lee on King West last night with 3 friends. Overall, I think I would return, but some of the dishes were much more enjoyable than the others.
The coconut shrimp soup with lime was fantastic- spicy and smooth, the shrimp tasted very fresh. The ginger squash soup was also good. The carmelized black cod was terrific- cooked perfectly with a delicious glaze. The orzo with crab, spinach, pine nuts, ginger and egg was tasty, but I couldn't find the crab. But I can't say that it needed the crab; it was still an interesting dish without it. I definitely recommend the Singapore Slaw- fabulous combination of flavours and textures. The Satay came with lamb, beef, chicken and shrimp skewers, and 3 different sauces.
The mushroom dumplings were unusual- the wrapper was similar to a potsticker wrapper, but the filling and tomato sauce with cheese were more Mediterranean- tasting. I didn't really like the two tastes together.
The Mexican goat cheese tart was good, spicy and rich. But it's flavour didn't seem to fit with the other dishes we ordered. The garlic shrimp were mediocre- nothing special at all. And the jerk calamari and mussels with chipotle mayo didn't taste very good. The chipotle mayo was overpowered by some type of citrus. The lentils with paneer and polenta were nicely spiced curry, but I can't say the polenta on top added anything, except on a visual level, perhaps.
I was disappointed by any of the dishes with more Mediterranean or Latin ingredients. But I would return for the Black Cod and Singaporean Slaw- they were exceptional.
9 small plates, 3 soups and 1 $36 bottle of Syrah came to $191 before taxes.

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