After closing their original location on 53rd Street, the folks at Noodles, Etc.
opened this contemporary space across the street in the former Far East Kitchen space. Chant is fitted with stylish modern light fixtures and seating and a stone bar offering a selection of fancy cocktails, including mojitos, margaritas and an extensive martini list. Best of all, the menu is affordably priced for University of Chicago students, Hyde Park locals and diners making a trek to the South Side. Appetizers average $5, while entrees top out at $14.
The extensive menu at Chant is more ambitious than what you'll normally find at Noodles, Etc.'s other Hyde Park location (on 57th Street). Appetizers here include crispy mussel bites served with bean sprouts, scallions and sriracha hot sauce, chicken wings served in a chipotle honey soy glaze, and a shiitake-tofu lumpia roll served with homemade plum sauce. Newer entrees include a beef massaman curry, made from growth hormone-free steak and served with basmati rice and peanuts. Lighter fare includes lemongrass roasted chicken served with enoki mushroom gravy. Fans of Noodles, Etc. needn't fear; some of its signature dishes are still on the menu, including spicy drunken and Singapore noodles.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Chuck Sudo