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Mar 21, 2014 10:15 AM

Thai, Indian, Vietnamese restaurant in Chicago for solo diner

Love all forms of Asian food especially Indian as I'm British! Looking for excellent food in a buzzy fun atmosphere. As a solo diner I like to sit at a bar if possible rather than a table. Been to Le Colonial previously. Heard a lot about Cumin. Staying at Trump. Thanks.

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  1. Just about a mile from your hotel is Embeya; while not strictly Vietnamese it is a fusion between Vietnamese and other cuisines. Definitely an energetic, fun atmosphere and they have a large bar counter where you can order off the regular menu - so great option for solo dining. The staff is warm and the food outstanding; great wine and cocktail program as well. Probably the only negative of solo dining here is the food is so good that you will wish you were with others so you could try more dishes!

    1. Many of the best ethnic restaurants in Chicago are located away from downtown. In fact, there are entire neighborhoods that host specific ethnicities. Walk down Argyle Street east of Broadway and you could feel like you're in Saigon. Or, Devon Avenue between Western and California is our "Little India". In those neighborhoods, you can walk down the street, read the menus, and go wherever the food sounds best to you.

      However, if I might also make a different suggestion... Rather than looking for the foods you are accustomed to eating back home, why not try foods that you don't get back home? For example, we have delicious contemporary Mexican restaurants, such as Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, which are walking distance from the Trump Hotel. So are the original locations of Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due, where you can get our delicious local specialty of deep-dish pizza.

      1. Embeya is an excellent suggestion.
        A new Asian restaurant with the buzz you're looking for is Japonais by Morimoto. Not inexpensive by any means, but very good food.

        1. The central tourist areas of Chicago are not your best bet for really good authentic Asian food.

          Cumin is very good. It is Nepalese, not strictly Indian. About 3 miles from the Trump.

          As others have said, the most authentic Vietnamese and Indian food in the city is a pretty good distance further north. Probably the most authentic Indian is on Devon Avenue, a good 10 miles north. Not too bad a drive, but probably close to an hour on public transportation.

          Argyle and Broadway is home to our most authentic Vietnamese food. It is about 7 miles north of the city and maybe 30 minutes on public transportation (Red Line).