Food & Drink

Asian Cuisine at Embeya

Good Morning, Vietnam


Moms feed us in many ways.

Thai Dang (RIA, L2O) and Attila Gyulai (Elysian) are living proof.

Dang remembers how his mom tenderly fed an army of ten; Gyulai speaks to his mama in Budapest every day. Together, the duo conceived Embeya (Vietnamese for “little one” — and Dang’s childhood nickname), now open in the West Loop.

In a lofty space (180 seats, gleaming bar, tamarind wood tables) Dang applies classic French technique to Southeast Asian flavors — a welcome reprieve from the city’s pork craze.

Bright, crunchy green papaya salad is already a signature; sides (young bamboo and maitake, variations on rice) and wok items (pea vines, water spinach) give you freedom to mix and match. Tuck into snails in lemongrass broth, robata-grilled short rib, and silky noodles with rock shrimp.

The finale: a knockout Asian fruit fest (jackfruit, lychee, rambutan, dragon fruit).

Holy mother.

Embeya, 564 West Randolph Street, at Jefferson Street (312-612-5640 or embeya.com).

Photo: Huge Galdones / Courtesy of Embeya

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564 W Randolph St
@ Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661