Less than six months after he opened the upscale Thai spot Kin Kin, chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin has reconcepted and reopened the spot as Bite by Eddy T, a “new American” restaurant with Asian influences. The “freshly bitten” decor is dark and golden in hue, with deep purple uplighting and rich wood pillars suspended from the ceiling giving the sizeable space some movement. The centerpiece is a circular bar, which serves anything from hot tea to wine to a range of inventive cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner, Bite is American first but influenced by Asian flavors, whereas Kin Kin was more Thai, influenced by what Americans want in a Thai restaurant.
Bite boasts a wine cellar, semiprivate dining space for around 20, and even an outdoor patio, which ought to do well come happy hour. The lunch menu at Bite is somewhat casual, with salads, flatbreads and sandwiches dominating the list. With none over $15, prices are quite reasonable, too. Appetizers, such as Parmesan soufflé and grass-fed beef carpaccio, are elevated, intriguing and approachable. At dinner, prices rise into the high 20s at times, topping out at a $39 New York strip, but with appropriate increases in portion sizes and dish complexities. The right side of the dinner menu is labeled “My Story” and lists featured items the chef recommends, sort of like a tour of his culinary influences. Later on, this section might become a spot for a chef’s tasting menu to appear. As a chef, Thretipthuangsin has a playful nature when it comes to plating, dish composition and taste, so expect a fun and flavorful experience when you visit Bite.
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Bite is located at 3211 Oak Lawn Ave.