Lee does lunch
Since Ho Lee Chow and Lee Garden are already taken, Susur Lee of Susur has named his just-kicked-off Spadina-inspired Chinese restaurant Lee (603 King West, at Portland, 416-504-7867). Located next door to his eponymous luxury boîte, the casual new eatery features a Sino-centric card of starters like warm cauliflower with currants over couscous ($8) and chili garlic matchstick potatoes ($5). Mains range from $7 for a curried lamb chop with spicy mint to $14 for duck confit with oven-dried pineapple, spiced nuts and chèvre. And just as on the avenue, Lee offers several combo dinners for under 25 bucks. Another first for the internationally acclaimed chef: he now does lunch!
For the third time in their lengthy career, Jean and Harry Seow of Jean's Fine Foods (2326 Danforth, at Woodington, 416-422-0617 ) have retired from the restaurant biz. And this time they mean to stay retired. Fans of this authentic Southeast Asian kitchen - no ketchup in the pad thai here - will be relieved to learn that the east-side fave has reopened with the same handle, a similar menu and a new owner.