A small, tasty, gourmet vegetarian restaurant... much-needed in Chicago!
The space is small, very long and narrow. It gets loud easily but not too overly so. It feels very contemporary and sleek, which goes with their equally modern albeit somewhat schizophrenic menu.
They offer Asian dishes like rice noodles, southwestern dishes like chili, Mexican dishes like burritos, Eastern European dishes like potato pancakes and even Italian dishes like ravioli. That being said, all the flavors of these varied dishes work surprisingly well together!
My friend and I ordered 5 small sized dishes to split between the two of us, and ordered a couple of cocktails (total came to about $57). I got the rose sangria with pear nectar-- the pear really came out, and the cocktail was super light and refreshing overall. My friend got the cucumber sakeria, which had a little more flavor, definitely more tartness and very fresh. Both were tasty!
Food-wise, I LOVED the Mana sliders. They were super flavorful, and the texture was absolutely perfect. That's the kind of dish where you use a fork to scoop up all the little tidbits that fell when you were eating with your hands. GREAT spicy mayo, great patty, perfectly toasty but soft bun. I was also pretty crazy about the rice noodles. They were abundantly peanutty and just the right consistency, again with layered flavors. That was a dish I couldn't leave any leftovers.
One issue I have with some of their dishes in general is simply that they're not super interesting. The avocado, arugula, and tomato salad is one example of that-- it's certainly not adventurous in the same way the other dishes are, and I'd go so far as to say it's not that creative. To me, the gyoza kind of fall into that category as well.
Would love to come back and try totally different menu items-- I'm sure I'd have a radically different experience!
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