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First look: I ate at Mile End’s hottest new restaurant, ranked one of the best global openings in 2024

Discover why this new Montreal hotspot was the only Canadian restaurant to make the World's 50 Best list.

Written by
Laura Osborne

Everybody and their uncle was at Oncle Lee’s opening night.

The highly anticipated opening of the new restaurant in Mile End's Laurier West, helmed by 25-year-old chef Anderson Lee, is serving up chic Chinese-inspired dishes in a sexy, late-night environment.

Brossard native Chef Lee has travelled around the globe, working at top tables like Odette in Singapore, Quintonil in Mexico City and Core by Clare Smyth in London before coming back to Montreal to plate reinvented, reasonably priced Chinese classics.

Working alongside Mélanie Blanchette, François Nadon, and Émile Collette (Bouillon Bilk, Cadet, Place Carmin alums), Chef Lee draws on inspiration from the rich tradition of Chinese cuisine while paying homage to his roots.

Time Out tip: Three dishes you can’t pass up? Try the mushrooms grilled in an addictively delicious beurre blanc and miso sauce, the five spice duck platter with all the accompaniments and the fall-off-the-bone spare ribs.

Oncle Lee
Photograph: Laura Osborne | Oncle Lee

A few doors down from one of the best sushi spots in the city, gleaming dragon door knobs, black banquettes, exposed brick walls and lanterns that cast a deep red glow across the room take the space into sexy after-dark territory. And we haven’t even talked about the house-made cocktails, wine or sake.

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When the World's 50 Best released the list of the Hottest Global Restaurant Openings for 2024, only one Canadian restaurant, Oncle Lee, made the ranking—a full-circle moment for Chef Lee having won the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship at just 20 years old in 2019.

With all of the incredible restaurants in Montreal to choose from, this new Mile End hotspot should be at the top of your list.

For more information about the most anticipated new openings of the year from the World's 50 Best, click here.

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