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“A great evening was had by all!”
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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 May 18, 2014

We dined there as a party of 4 recently and were fortunate enough to be seated at the Chef's table - a beautiful wooden extension on the bar with a view of the kitchen. The bartender doubled as our server and she was wonderfully helpful walking us through our drink and food selections. We sampled a lot of the menu. We highly recommend the Queen's Ransom - a well balanced tequila-based cocktail with elements of heat from chilies as well as sweet and sour from a rhubarb shrub. It was so refreshing! We loved the papaya salad, the mussels with sticky rice (our bartender told us to pour the mussel broth over the sticky rice once we ate the mussels ... that was heavenly!). The lobster and dry aged rib eye were perfectly cooked, truth be told, both the Peking duck-style garlic chicken and the whole fish while still incredibly tasty were a tad over-cooked and dry....just a bit. Save room for the green matcha cream puff - our universal favorite of the 3 desserts we tried (though we managed to make all 3 disappear!). What a visually beautiful space as well - gorgeous wooden tables, comfortable seating, well placed and visually elegant lighting. We were treated wonderfully - not rushed and by no means left unattended. Great night and we all agreed it was worth a return visit and recommendation. The only thing keeping me from an excellent rating were the 2 dry entrees - which, again, were still delicious.

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Thank ChrisfromChicago
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Why are you looking at reviews? Just call Embeya right this minute and have one of the best restaurant experiences you can possibly have in Chicago. The food is extremely well made, imaginative and well plated. The ingredients are top shelf and the are plates for every type of diner imaginable. (vegetarian,foodie,meat lover, etc.)
The staff is truly interested in you and the meal you are about to order, so listen to their suggestions. We followed their guidance and were delighted at the results. (two hints- the papaya made to look like pasta is without peer- the garlic chicken was exceptional)
The decor is warm and inviting and we were seated immediately when we entered the restaurant.
Lastly, the bar has a lot of selections that are just not available anywhere with this quality of food. I had a pappy van winkle 15 one night and a Hirsch 25 year old the afternoon I had lunch. The really nice thing is that the prices are not exorbitant for these special treats.
DO NOT MISS THIS WHEN IN CHICAGO!

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Thank travelguy500
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

We recently celebrated a birthday at this innovative Asian restaurant and had a wonderful time. The decor is edgy and hip and so is the vibe of this restaurant. Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu; they even had a separate vegetarian menu. I started with one of the best cocktails I've ever had- the CONQUISTADOR which consisted of Sombra Mezcal, preserved Asian pear and lime. It had a smoky flavor and was unbelievable. Next we ordered the green papaya salad, pickled vegetables, and the young bamboo appetizer. Everything was delicious. For dinner we had the whole fish special and the tilapia in curry sauce. The whole fish was enough for two people to share and was served with a tangy sauce. I would go back just for this. We also ordered the sticky rice (good) and the fried rice (amazing). I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Shampeu
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Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Enjoy an elegant eatery in the heart of the city with great and interesting food, wine and superb service. Each dish was not only tasty, but presented well, as each showcased the artistry and dedication to detail from the chef. The mussels were well seasoned, and sticky rice a great addition. The veal cheeks were tender and halibut moist and flavorful. The muscadet was an excellent pairing and other offerings from their long list of favorites won't disappoint. Bravo!

Thank Adderley3C
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Great spot for lunch and look forward to having dinner. We enjoyed the Vietnamese sausage, the shrimp wrap and the sea bass which was a special for the day. Service was wonderful.

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Thank Michael H
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