Oh, we know. We’re a little late. But we finally found a place that has lobster-foie-gras spring rolls. And it can’t really be spring without those.
So welcome to Vu Sua, a study in French-Vietnamese culinary fusion, now open in Lakeview.
This promises to be a worthwhile successor to the beloved neighborhood joint Erwin. True, their decor is white-box minimalism instead of alien-abduction murals. But this chef has some serious credentials with places like Macku and the still-missed Kaze.
His humble ambition is to become your new midweek go-to spot—you know, a place for your usual hump day dumplings stuffed with lobster, scallops and foie gras. Yet, if you were looking for a casual Friday night date spot, you’ve got some nice Louis XVI–style chairs to get comfortable in. You always do casual really well.
Instead of a sushi bar, here they have a spring-roll bar, signaling a seismic shift in rice-paper-wrapped edibles. Start with some pork-belly-and-shrimp-tempura rolls before plowing forward with the classic beef noodle soup or the soon-to-be-classic filet mignon with jalapeños and uni cream.
They don’t have their liquor license yet, but the sake cocktails and French wines are so close, you can almost taste them. However, that does mean you can BYOB for a while.
May the Easter Bunny leave some sake in your basket.