Nov 28, 2011 // by sundachicago // News, Press // Comments Off
The Chicago Tribune mentioned Sunda New Asian for Lunch.
From the article:
“Who eats: Mostly businesspeople, some casual diners.
Why eat: Off the beaten path of bustling River North, Sunda provides an exotic yet comfortable atmosphere with big portions of tasty Asian fare.
Ambiance: The restaurant can accommodate more than 200, but the space feels cozy thanks to dim lighting, distressed-wood floors, sporadic splashes of Asian-inspired art and tea-light candles sprinkled throughout. The main dining room is nestled between a cocktail lounge and sushi bar near the front of the restaurant and a private room in the back.
Dress code: Most patrons wear business casual, but jeans would be welcome.
Noise factor: Sunda’s tables are close together, but its tall exposed brick walls and steady stream of upbeat yet soothing music blurs other tables’ conversations.
Overheard: “I mean, I’ve been in school for six years. It’s like an eternity.”
Service: Our waitress was congenial and efficient, taking the liberty of suggesting alternatives to our original order because she thought we might enjoy a house favorite.
Cellphone reception/Wi-Fi: Both are available.
Reservations: Accepted via phone or OpenTable.com and recommended, because this place is hopping.
Menu: Appetizers, soups and salads provide a light base to a wide assortment of Asian main courses, including sushi, banh mi Vietnamese-style sandwiches and rice and noodle dishes. Wash it all down with a fruit-flavored soda or iced tea.
Reliable options: Duck … what … pork? (Set of four pork or duck steamed bao buns for $11); Sunda set combos: $18 for a choice of salad or miso soup, rice, three pieces of a sushi roll and one of eight entrees, including steamed ginger salmon filet or chicken and pork adobo; noodles and rice dishes such as chicken curry or garlic noodles ($12-$16); made-to-order maki ($6-$9/basic roll, $13-$16/specialty roll); chicken, skirt steak or pork belly banh mi sandwiches ($12-$14); mango-, pomegranate- and calamansi-flavored sodas and iced teas ($8).
Expect to pay: $35 to $50 per person, which includes beverages, appetizers and tip.
Nov 28, 2011 // by sundachicago // News, Press // Comments Off
Billy Dec celebrates his 39th Birthday with a star-studded dinner at Sunda and an after party at The Underground.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: The 39th birthday party for the ubiquitous Billy Dec at his Sunda restaurant was a magnet for an eclectic array of the Chicago personality’s legion of pals, including David Schwimmer, Joey Fatone, Billy Zane, Macy Gray, Richard Dent, Charlie Trotter, Valerie Warner, Ryan Chiaverini, Alexi Giannoulias, Eric Ferguson, Kenny Williams, Ryan Baker and James Bell. While Sunda’s chef, Jess De Guzman, whipped up a huge spread of gourmet treats, Grammy winner Gray spun tunes in the DJ booth as Dec was “Happy Birthday” serenaded by all and given a three-tier cake specially personalized by Sarah’s Pastries. The whole crowd later trouped over to Dec’s The Underground and danced the night away. Gray also gifted Dec with a Justin Bieber singing toothbrush — attached to a magnum of Grey Goose vodka.
“David Schwimmer, Joey Fatone, Macy Gray, Billy Zane, NFL Hall of Famer Richard Dent and the Green Bay Packers’ Charles Woodson were on hand for Rockit Ranch CEO Billy Dec’s birthday party at Sunda Friday. Gray sang happy birthday during the celebration.”
“Seen on the Scene: Yankees slugger Derek Jeter rolled into Sunda Sunday with fellow teammate C.C. Sabathia, while ex-White Soxer (now Yankee Freddy Garcia also dined at the eatery…Third Eye Blind lead singer Stephan Jenkins helped celebrate band mate Brad Hargreaves’ birthday Sunday at Sunda.”
“Lupe Fiasco was in attendance when his buddy Kanye West performed at the Underground’s after party in 2007….The concierge recommends Publican, Moto and Sunda for dinner, the Violet Hour and the Aviary for cocktails, and the Underground for clubbing. Sunda and Hub 51 were the most popular restaurant choices during Lolla last year thanks to their celeb-friendly reputations and well-connected staff…”
The cast of Glee blew through Chicago as part of their live tour, and when the gang wasn’t on stage, they were out on the town- dining. The entire ensemble- including Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith, and Chord Overstreet- acted like one big happy family as they ate sashimi and enjoyed sake at hotspot Sunda. The next night, the group skipped a formal dinner outing, but half of them headed to The Underground, where they danced the night away.
Apr 8, 2011 // by sundachicago // News // Comments Off
Fund-raising Dinner and Silent Auction
The JACL has partnered with Filipino American Network (FAN) and Japanese American Service Committee (JASC), in collaboration with Rockit Ranch Productions and Sunda Restaurant, to host a fundraising dinner to assist Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami victims. 100% of all ticket donations will go directly to Direct Relief International’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund.
Tickets are $150 each, and include a full four-course dinner prepared especially by Chef De Cuisine Jesse DeGuzman and premium open bar. The event will also feature a silent auction, cultural performances and remarks from the Japanese Consul General and Direct Relief International.
Date: April 15th Time: 6:00pm-9:30pm
tickets to this event
to Japan Tsunami Relief
Truffled Tataki Tuna and American Kobe Sashimi Enoki mushoom, chive, soy, truffle vinagrette
Warm Spinach and Mushroom Asian mushroom medley, crispy onions, ponzu and olive oil
Sunda SeaWeed Sunomono Hijiki, wakame, kaiso, cucumber, jicama, sesame ponzu
Sunda Rainbow Roll King crab, tuna, salmon, escolar, hamachi, asparagus, avocado
Mar 9, 2011 // by sundachicago // News // Comments Off
You are cordially invited to attend The ASAP Foundation Kickoff Event For The Annual Signature Fundraiser. Plan to enjoy a variety of wine and spirit tastings while pairing them with small bites from Sunda’s acclaimed menu and experience sushi rolling.
Feb 10, 2011 // by sundachicago // News // Comments Off
Phill Vettel shared with morning newscasters on WGN News today that one of his top picks for a special Valentines Day meal is Sunda New Asian:
The video is above, and Phil’s comments are below.
“I’d go with the place to be seen, to bring that killer outfit to Sunda, in River North on 110 W. Illinois Street. They’re al a carte on Friday and Saturday. They’re a very fancy, very glitzy restaurant. On Sunday and Monday they’re doing a special menu for $120 a couple and that includes a glass of bubbly and for a place that glitzy that’s really inexpensive.”
You can also check out Phil’s dining column in the Tribune from Thursday:
Jan 24, 2011 // by sundachicago // News // Comments Off
Please join us at Sunda New Asian for a romantic, special, prix fixe menu offered only on February 13 & 14.
Celebrate with your significant other at the most stylish and delicious restaurant in Chicago! Sunda New Asian’s Valentine’s Day menu is available on Sunday and Monday at $120 per couple (additional beverages, tax and gratuity not included). Of course, our regular dinner menu will also be available.
Your evening will begin with sparkling white wine and will follow with family-style service including a choice of:
Warm Spinach and Mushroom Salad
Rock Shrimp Tempura
Chef Jesse’s St. Valentine Roll
The Food Buddha’s Classic Crispy Rice with Hand-Cut Spicy Tuna.
Miso-Bronzed Black Cod
NY Strip Steak
Various side dishes will be offered as well as a closing chocolate dessert.
Jan 19, 2011 // by sundachicago // News, Press // Comments Off
Sunda was recently featured on the popular television show Check, Please!
From their website
Prepare for a sheik Pan-Asian experience, as Sunda provides an eclectic menu of Asian-inspired dishes in a stylish and lively environment, designed by Tony Chi. The sushi bar provides a wide assortment of freshly prepared sushi, sashimi and nigiri options. The menu also offers contemporary interpretations of tradition dishes from Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Plilippines and the Southeast Asian Island region. In addition, there is a well-rounded list of champagnes, wines, and sake.