Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Vora During their Soft Opening

So tonight my pal Flo and I had dinner at the new pan-Asian restaurant Vora.  It's not a Korean or Korean-fusion place like the other places we've visited, although they do have kimchi listed as a $6 salad.  Vora is located in Chicago's Gold Coast and serves Taiwanese dim sum, shabu shabu, sushi, and other dishes.  It seems to have the ambience of soothing nature, and you walk in to eerie "music" that you would hear face down on a massage table.
We started off with the ahi poke appetizer, which I neglected to photo-capture.  I was expecting much more than a ball of tuna and guacamole.  (Perhaps the ahi poke I had at the now defunct Lure Izakaya heightened my standards.)  Flo had the yaki udon, and she was quite satisfied with how thick the noodles were. (Perhaps her disappointment with Oiistar's Zzajangmen [see July 17 post] gave her this udon-sized hole in her stomach.)  I chose to eat light with three sashimi, white tuna, yellowtail, and red snapper--yes, quite colorful choices.  Then I tried the Taiwanese shave ice to see how it fares with Korean pahtbingsoo.  As you can see in the photo, it looks like red kidney beans on some ice.  Believe me, it tastes much better than you'd imagine.  The ice is flavored with coconut milk.  However, it lacked the other ingredients that it had listed on the menu, including mini tapioca, mixed fruit, taro, etc....
Generally, I felt that the dishes were over-priced, except for the $5 shave ice, even though it failed to contain everything the menu listed.
Vora on Urbanspoon