Sochi Saigonese Kitchen
1358 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Despite the pandemic handing so many restaurants a closing blow, some have managed to weather the storm and others are boldly jumping into the restaurant world as we cautiously emerge from it. Sochi Saigonese Kitchen (specializing in Vietnamese food), in the Lakeview area of Chicago, has made that daring jump, despite the obstacles that they have encountered.
Upon walking in, you are greeted to a space with an open floor plan, allowing you to see your food being prepared, along with all of the other hustle and bustle that happens in the kitchen. Currently the menu is limited, but still offers PLENTY of options for meat, seafood, or veggie lovers. I was able to try:
- Original Spring Rolls – which include shrimp and pork with a sweet & sour fish sauce. I normally don’t eat pork, but I had to order these and grab a couple of bites – they were delish!
- The Sochi Wings – their wings are fried crispy with sochi special sauce. I ate the WHOLE plate!
- Slap Mama Crab Fried Rice – this is hands down some of the best fried rice I’ve ever had! It is full of crab meat, butter garlic sauce, Slap Ya Mama seasoning, and topped with grilled shrimp. The portion is filling and satisfying and no one seasoning overwhelms the others.
- My Mom’s Cheesecake – their cheesecake combines yogurt, coconut cookies, and cream cheese. Some cheesecakes you find can be too sweet, however, this desert is the perfect ending to your meal.
Needless to say, I was STUFFED. And while I wanted to try more of their menu, my belly simply would not allow it. Everyone servicing the restaurant is lovely – from the owners that walk to each table and personally check on their customers to the patient waitresses that had no problem explaining what any of the menu items were and making suggestions. What a great addition to the Lakeview neighborhood. Check them out!
- The restaurant has the perfect location that provides ample parking, however, please note that some parking may be paid, so be sure to look at the street signs.
- The restaurant is BYOB until they get their liquor license. Call and check before you go to see if anything has changed or if there are any corkage fees.