We were there the day after Christmas so practically the entire office and Loop was empty, in addition to the restaurant. There were only about four or five tables that were full. At lunchtime, Embeya offers the option of a three course prix fixe menu with an appetizer, entree and dessert, for just $21. This is a steal considering the price of each dish individually, and the portion sizes included. We decided to order a la carte so we could pick and choose whatever sounded good to us.
|Main Dining Room|
For my entree, I chose the seafood stew, which came recommended by our server. The stew arrived in a giant stone pot and was filled with mussels, clams, shrimp, and sea bass. The broth was the real star of this dish. It had intense flavors of coconut, lime and ginger and had quite the kick from chili flakes. I also poured the broth over some jasmine rice that our server brought for the table and would have slurped up every last drop if I wasn't with my boss! I love spicy food and this dish had the perfect amount of spice for me. For anyone who's not into spicy food, I could see this being too hot to handle.
|Japanese Sea Bass|
|Exotic Fruit Plate (counterclockwise from left, longan, rambutan and jackfruit)|
I went for something a little less healthy for dessert, the creme puff (also recommended by our server). This muffin-shaped dessert was filled with a large portion of vanilla creme and topped off with a dusting of powered sugar and matcha (powdered green tea). The puff was light and airy and the creme was heavenly. You could really taste the intense flavor of the vanilla.
|Creme Puff oozing out vanilla creme|
Overall, we had a fantastic lunch inside the beautiful restaurant. The menu was different than anything I had tried before and the blending of Asian cuisines ensured anything you tried was adventurous. I can't wait to return for dinner! Embeya is also participating in this year's Chicago Restaurant Week, another great opportunity to check out what they have to offer!
I'm giving Embeya 4.5 ghosts out of 5!
564 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60661