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Review of Embeya - CLOSED

Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: West Loop
Cross street: Jefferson and Randolph
Transit: We are a short walk from the Clinton stop on the green and pink line, as well as a few blocks from the 8 bus on Halsted and Randolph.
Description: Embeya is a collaboration between international hospitality veteran Attila Gyulai (who brings with him 15 years of hospitality experience from his Tenure at various Four Seasons Hotels), his Wife Komal Patel (Milborne Real Estate, Sales & Marketing) and Chef Michael Sheerin (Michelin-rated Blackbird, 3 Michelin-star WD 50 NY, Cicchetti). The trio have collaborated to bring progressive-minded contemporary American-Asian cuisine, which based on the philosophy that every great dish begins with the sourcing of the best ingredients, to Chicago's West Loop. From the quality of our heritage, free-range chickens that are used to make our Garlic Chicken, to the Australian Wagyu beef that comes from free-roaming grass-fed cows, each ingredient is hand-selected and individually treated to elevate the flavour profile of the dish as a whole. Embeya is open for lunch M-F 11am o 2 30pm, and dinner M to T 4pm to 9pm, and F, S 4pm to 10pm Embeya has been awarded Esquire Magazine's 20 Best New Restaurants in 2013, Crain's Chicago's top 3 restaurants for Business Dining in 2014, Zagat's 10 sexiest restaurants in Chicago, Jean Banchet Award for Excellence in Service 2014.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

We didn't realize it was restaurant week. They fit us in at 6pm on a Friday night and got us out in time to see Other Desert Cities at the Goodman. Food was amazing and service was top notch. The manager was kind enough to go out and personally hail us a cab to ensure we made it to the play. We would have come back for the food alone, but when the service is this good, you gotta give them some props. I'm telling everyone that will listen--check this place out!

Thank badgerfan60612
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

This new, Asian fusion restaurant is a gem. The food is unique and expertly prepared and the staff is friendly but very knowledgeable. Had a wonderful dining experience sampling their small plates and excellent cocktails. Don't miss this for a special occasion.

Thank yoop5
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

This beautifully decorated Asian fusion restaurant is located in the popular restaurant district of Randolph Street. The dishes are nicely presented and indicate some interesting ideas, but seem to be still experimental and haven’t reached a new level in terms of taste. Many of the dishes tasted rather traditional even though they are interestingly put together and presented. The grilled beef and papaya salad tasted very traditional. The garlic chicken is excellent, and is probably the best dish we had. The ribs are good but unremarkable. The steamed fish is good but very traditional with ginger and green union and no better tasting than those one finds in Chinatown. The creative cocktails tasted rather bland and didn’t have enough of a kick. Overall the restaurant has some good ideas that need to be developed further to reach a true level of sophistication that takes a novel departure from the traditional Asian tastes.

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Thank goodgenes5
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

When you're looking for more than steakhouses and pasta dishes, try Embeya - a culinary adventure that pays off big-time. One of Chicago's best new restaurants of 2012 offers dishes you may not recognize but I haven't had one item that wasn't delicious. Salmon, short ribs, pork cheeks are all prepared using light sauces and delicate flavorings. If you are a little adventurous and appreciate Chicago's outstanding restaurant scene, this is one experience you can't wait to tell friends about.

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Thank kevintyn
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

My husband and I have been to Embeya three times. Embeya does a great job in showcasing Southeast Asian flavors, something that is lacking in Chicago in terms of contemporary restaurants. Here, traditional Southeast Asian ingredients are used and transformed into its own interpretation without compromising the authenticity of the cuisine.

The director of Embeya used to work at the Elysian Hotel (now called the Waldorf Astoria) and the executive chef used to be with L20, Ria so Embeya does come with good calibre.

The Jackfruit Cultivar cocktail was wonderful-- definitely something that I will order again. It came with a piece of fresh jackfruit, something that I used to eat all the time while living in Southeast Asia as it's one of the very popular street fruits. I've hardly seen jackfruit in Chicago (except the canned ones in Chinatown but those are not the real deal) so Embeya is definitely opening up the vast world of Southeast Asian to Chicago.

We were told that the green papaya salad is especially dear to the chef's heart as he grew up in Vietnam. The interpretation of this dish was meant to appear like a noodle salad. Unripened papaya is shredded until they look like fine long noodles and then tossed. We enjoyed the green papaya very much and the different flavors balanced each other out. The sea snails were so beautiful! It wasn't just eating plain snails like you would for escargots. Instead, it was ground and mixed with pork (although the last time we went back they now mix the snails with seafood mousse). The stuffed squid was very tender as well. Loved, loved the sticky rice and reminds us of just like those we've had in Southeast Asia.

For dessert we had the fruit platter: fresh jackfruit, lychee, and longan. Again, Embeya does a great job in showcasing the essence of Southeast Asia. These are popular street foods there... and we just cracked open the lychee and longan skin, popped the fruit into our mouths, spitted out the seed, and then enjoyed them while pretending we were in Southeast Asia except that we were really sitting inside the beautiful space of Embeya.

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Thank terinay
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