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“Fantastic Fusion”
Review of Embeya - CLOSED

Embeya
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 August 5, 2013

We spent a beautiful weekend in Chicago. Embeya was overcrowded by any means with the Lalapalooza crowds. If fact in talking tight the staff, their numbers were down for the weekend. Honestly, I think we lucked out. We had the opportunity to really ask questions and not feel our server was rushed. It was a glorious night and we sat outside, not too cold, and definitely not too hot. They have a unique cocktail listing and an extensive wine list. The meals consist of small plates both hot and cold and then larger plates. For the two of us we had one cold and one hot small plate and then one large plate each...this being said, Embeya serves family style so all the food is meant to be shared and tried by all at the table. We experimented with foods we normally wouldn't have in Iowa, and were extremely impressed.

Thank kafek8t
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Went to Embeya for a group meeting and came back later in the week to bring the family. The Vietnamese fusion is innovative and delicious. The ambiance of the place is hip but not loud. Décor is also unique. The service is excellent. The Papaya salad was a hit. The summer roll is standard. We had an excellent sea bass that was only available the first night. The chicken was also great. The menu is constantly changing depending on the availability of the freshest ingredients. Our only disappointing dish was the mussels. Definitely a great addition to the Chicago dining scene.

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Thank skidocchicago
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Eight of us gathered for dinner on a Sunday night. We shared a few apps (the green papaya salad was amazing!) and individual entrees. Varied menus changes every couple of weeks, so I won't go into specifics but all were fresh and flavorful. Service was flawless and warm. Wine list had many affordable options. The space is so calming and relaxing and the acoustics are perfect--we didn't have to holler to be heard like you have to at most places.

The owners and chef all met working at Four Seasons around the world and they all learned that customer service/satisfaction are foremost. Definitively will return when we are back in Chicago. Can't wait to see what the chef will be serving up next!

P.S. even the restrooms are unique!

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Thank chefsteve
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

So happy to be able to write a great review after some disappointing meals in Chicago. But Embeya made up for it, that's for sure. From the minute we walked into Embeya, to our fond farewell at the end of a memorable evening, they surpassed our expectations.
The hostesses were friendly and kind and seemed genuinely happy to see us. We called to say we were late because of traffic from the Phish concert. They remembered and made us feel very welcome despite our tardiness. It immediately set the night off on a good note. Excellent hostesses here. At the end of the night, they both asked how we heard about Embeya (our concierge at the Four Seasons). It's obvious they both feel strongly about the success of their restaurant and it shows. Great job.
Our waiter, Ricardo, did an excellent job. When he heard we had been to Thailand in February and attended several cooking classes while we were there, he let us know we were not going to be disappointed. He seemed genuinely excited to have us dining with him and made great suggestions about what we should order. It is a delicate balance to have formal service but in a very welcoming non-stuffy manner and he was flawless. The back waiters were polite, unobtrusive and well-trained. Again, great job guys.
The wine list is quite eclectic with an emphasis on wines which go well with Thai food. Not your typical big bad reds. The sommelier did a great job of steering us to an Alsatian Pinot blanc which complemented our meal perfectly.
The food is sublime. Better than in most restaurants we ate at in Thailand. I especially loved the honey lime quail, balanced with the lime, salt and Thai chilies. The garlic chicken is amazing, the green papaya salad luscious and refreshing, the summer rolls the best ever and the rabbit in red curry was lighter and better than the coconut bombs you usually find in Thailand and Thai restaurants. The lighter sauce kept the integrity of the red curry flavor without overpowering the rabbit. Nice touch. My only criticism, and this is a very small one, was that the sticky rice was a bit too moist. No problem. More room for dessert!
The sticky rice pudding with mangoes was the highlight of the night.
This is one restaurant where it is apparent that every member of the team is on board to please their customers. Whoever manages them should be very proud.

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Thank LisaKnoxville
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Chicago is a veritable foodie paradise, but THIS place is Manna of the Gods!! Decor is divine! Staff are superb!! Food...Fantastic! Menu items can change according to fresher options available. Sole instead of bass, say...but, all are wonderful! Asian fusion at its best!

Somewhat pricey, but lovely for that special dinner to remember long after that night is over!!

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