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“Just what we were hoping for”

HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen
Ranked #1,223 of 10,141 Restaurants in Chicago
Description: A true Vietnamese Kitchen by husband and wife team, Chef Thai & Danielle Dang. We offer authentic Vietnamese flavors that stem from the root of Chef Thai's heart. Expect exciting flavors, interesting ingredients, warm welcoming service, in a fun and accessible space.
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Description: A true Vietnamese Kitchen by husband and wife team, Chef Thai & Danielle Dang. We offer authentic Vietnamese flavors that stem from the root of Chef Thai's heart. Expect exciting flavors, interesting ingredients, warm welcoming service, in a fun and accessible space.
Reviewed September 15, 2017

This Vietnamese restaurant on a quiet stretch of 18th St in Pilsen is a gem. Its 2 rooms are quite spacious and decorated in a subdued black and tan palette using materials that evoke Southeast Asia without being kitschy. It's not a huge menu but everything we ate was made with care, pretty to look at and delicious. 2 of us shared the papaya salad and the chopped clams with rice crackers to start. Then the whole fried fish of the day (which was flounder) with sides of fried rice and fire-roasted eggplant. We shared a creampuff for dessert. Our waiter Marcos assured us that it would be plenty of food and he was right. Some of the food was a bit spicy, setting up a pleasant little tingle in the mouth. Other dishes, like the fish which came with lettuce leaves, whole herb leaves to make little hand rolls for dipping in a ginger sauce, were flavorful but quite mild.

There's a small list of cocktails, wine and beer plus some non-alcoholic choices.

We thoroughly enjoyed it, felt welcome and cared for and will be back to further explore the menu.

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Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

HaiSous (two cents) is a Vietnamese restaurant in the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Chicago called Pilsen. It's worth venturing off the beaten path to experience the unique flavors. Start with the shredded papaya and beef appetizer (see picture). We also enjoyed the mussels in cocoanut sauce which were tender and tasty. Our entrees were also exceptional: grilled lobster and duck. Both were served with herbs and a semi-sweet sauce. Shred the herbs over a bit of rice, add the lobster or duck, and add the sauce. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive. The restaurant can be a bit noisy, but it adds to the festive feeling. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed August 26, 2017

Five of us (one out of towner--me) went to Haisous tonight for dinner. Two of us had cocktails both were exceptionally mixed and delicious. One was with rye and the other vodka plus with a rose petal, I don't recall the names. We shared chicken wings, special spring rolls and one other appetizer all were tasty with excellent dipping sauces. We then shared the duck--delicious-- and the pork (especially good) each with exceptional dipping sauces. The fried rice had a pop to it--and it was very very good. Our service was efficient and friendly; servers were well-informed about the food. Looks like they may spark a restaurant explosion in that part of Pilsen. Lucky residents. An absolute must-try restaurant.

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Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

An approachable menu, not vast. Not standard dishes done better, but elegant interpretations. Use of Vietnamese spices on standard dishes and amazing combinations. The mussels were tiny and tasty in an unusual broth. Rice is the starch, not bread or noodles. The wine list is short but as elegant as the food with an emphasis on sparkling. The waitstaff are knowledgeable and attentive.

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

We love Le Colonial and loved embeya so we were really looking forward to our meal here.
The ambiance is lovely and service is knowledgeable and polished.
We ordered the whole fried fish which we devoured and can't wait to come back to try it again.
This is a new restaurant and the menu needs to be expanded. Vegetables were strangely not on the menu except for the yummy and elegant duck salad. The menu can't decide if it's upscale or street food. A little of both but some of the dishes were pedestrian like the dinosaur sized chicken wings that you could get at a Korean take out.
I'm not a fan of oversized wings and the flavor wasn't there.
Pork belly melted in our mouths.
In a short time this restaurant will be stellar.

Thank Debbie B
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