Innovative Asian Flavours
Utter the words ‘Mott Street’ to any New Yorker and instantly it will conjure images of steaming xiaolongbao, Cantonese-style congee and noodles, and other regional delicacies that you’d find on this tucked away, curving Chinatown street. But in Chicago, Mott Street has only just begun to stake its reputation, a just-opened concept from the team that brought us Ruxbin
and which now offers a quirky and creative take on Asian-American food in Wicker Park.
Calling to mind the whimsical menu of New York’s RedFarm, so too Mott Street has inventive, dim sum-style offerings, like the kimchi and Oaxaca spring rolls (here deep fried and served with chimichurri crème fraiche), and mentaiko kimchi udon (tossed with spicy marinated roe and seaweed). There’s the must-try ‘everything wings’ (cooked crispy, glazed with soy, chilli and sesame, and served with Greek tzatziki), while adventurous eaters will want to sample the ‘crab brain fried rice’ (with Chinese sausage, coconut, and bean sprouts) and the black bean roasted fish head, which must be reserved in advance. It’s all served up in a high-ceilinged, industrial-tinged, red brick boite with a covetable rooftop patio, and sadly takes no reservations – go early, go hungry!