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“A gem on W Randolph St”
Review of OON Restaurant - CLOSED

OON Restaurant
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Asian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: West Loop
Cross street: Randolph & Halsted
Transit: Located 3 blocks east of the CTA Morgan Street Green and Pink Lines EL Stop. Only steps away from the CTA Halstead #8 Bus Stop. One block due west from the I-94 Expressway Randolph Street Exit #51B.
Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

OON is a SE Asian restaurant that is easy to overlook on W Randolph. However it is a great place for drinks or dinner. The cocktail menu is creative and the dinner menu has amazing options for appetizers and main courses. Highlights included the mussels in coconut broth, bacon fat braised octopus a d the short ribs. Our group did not have a bad plate on the table. A solid restaurant that should be checked out!

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Thank Andrea E
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Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

If you want an amazing dining experience - go to OON. Food is delicious - presentation beautiful - service excellent. You won't be disappointed! Definitely a 10

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1  Thank Ellen B
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Why oh why did Time Out give this restaurant a 1-star review??? Clearly there is a vendetta going on when all other outlets have given it ~4 stars and our experience was so great.

The service was wonderful. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgable. The bussers were all nice and attentive as well.
The ambiance was good too. It was a nice crowd and the volume level was good.
The food was great. I did notice an issue with their sides/accoutrements, which I'll get into, but overall the food was wonderful. Here's what we ordered:

Appetizers:
Mussels: AMAZING. One of the best dishes. The bread tastes like elephant ears. Though, watch out for the garlic cloves

Papaya Salad: Fresh, crisp and delicious

Entrees:
Coconut crusted halibut: Wonderful flavor and texture. The cauliflower on the side was kid of boring (just grilled?) so it could have been dressed up better, but the fish itself was great.

Rack of Lamb: The meat was cooked perfectly - probably the best lamb we've had in years. The sauce was delicious. Again, though, the broccoli rabe on the side tasted like it had been stuck in open flames. It was partially black and charred. When we told the waitress, she brought out an extra side of it and I thought it tasted much better while my husband thought it was too bitter.

Dessert:
Chocolate Banana cake: Our waitress described this as "decadent". That's pretty accurate. However, it was served with a thai peanut creme and fruit sauce. There was so much going on that you couldn't taste the cake. Each component was individually great, but you lose the banana flavor when mixed all together. I would have preferred no fruit sauce and a slightly lighter peanut sauce.

Overall, this restaurant is a solid 3.5 stars, 4 stars when you take service and ambiance into account. I honestly have no idea why Time Out had such a horrible experience, but it's not representative of the restaurant at all.

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Thank rosenfie
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I have visited OON twice so far - drinks and snacks at the bar and dinner in the dining room. Both experiences were fantastic. With such great food in the neighborhood, it is hard to stand out. OON provides a subtle uniqueness with Asian-inspired preparations coupled with friendly and knowledgeable service in a room that could fit a casual outing or a special occasion. The menu is strong, and I can't wait to make my way through it all. Definitely try the mussels and the octopus - each with surprise elements to make them new and special. The Golden Monkey cocktail is also a hit. Go now.

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Thank TRAVEL4EDUCATION
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Just took a business trip to Chicago and a friend recommended Oon. Despite having only been open a few weeks, Oon really hit it out of the park. The papaya salad and spring roll appetizers were both interesting takes on traditional dishes and absolutely delicious. I had the bbq tofu for an entree, and it was even better. My colleague loved the pork dish, and the desserts and drinks were also innovative and super. Definitely a place worth visiting.

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Thank TadF_11
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