The Bento Box | Wicker Park/Bucktown | Asian | Restaurant
Small, sparely elegant pan-Asian spot from talented chef and caterer Rick Spiros. Cash only.

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The front of the house at chef Rick Spiros's Artisan Catering is a small but sparely elegant pan-Asian restaurant, with a high ceiling, a warm color scheme, and a large mural of a Japanese dude with rice bowl. The changing menu is written on a chalkboard and confined to four or so items (there are regular updates on the restaurant's website and Facebook page). On one frigid night we tried the beef bulgogi, prettily garnished with microgreens and served with crisp, mild house-made kimchi and a spicy Asian potato salad, and crispy beef over egg noodles in a sweet soy-chipotle barbecue sauce. Both were fresh and well seasoned, but best of all was grilled Thai jidori chicken, arrayed over rice and accompanied by a killer lime-leaf curry my friend dubbed "green gold." Service is low-key and friendly.

Kate Schmidt

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Price: $$
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa

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