Ian FroebHiro in the Delmar LoopHiro, a sushi and izakaya restaurant from 609 Lounge owner Bernie Lee, looks just about ready to debut at 609 Eastgate Avenue. It might have opened already, but calls this morning just before its posted lunch hours went unanswered.The address was previously the hom ... More >>
Welcome to Lunch Bucket List, a recurring feature in which Gut Check checks out the many lunch specials available at restaurants around town. Know a lunch special we should check out? Drop us a line.Emily WassermanA plate from House of India's all-you-can-eat buffet The Place: House of India ... More >>
This is part three of Antonio Pacheco's Chef's Choice profile of chef Lynne Truong of Banh Mi So #1. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Truong, is published here. Antonio PachecoWhile chef Lynne Truong prepares myriad Vietnamese dishes, a highlight of Banh Mi So #1 -- Saigon Go ... More >>
The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are excellent choices out there if you take the trouble to look for them. We're not here to prosely ... More >>
Mahatma Gandhi probably wouldn't be thrilled that we're fighting. But despite the hardships of his life, Gandhi never lived in a climate that rockets from 45 to 90 degrees in a matter of days. Such sudden charges into the flaming death heat can make some of us abandon our policies of nonviole ... More >>
Ian FroebYakitori tare and a bacon-wrapped shrimp at Izakaya RenThis week, I visit the new Japanese restaurant Izakaya Ren (2948 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park; 636-825-3737).The tako wasabi at Izakaya Ren is served in a bowl so small that a child could cup it in one hand. Tako is octopus, and ... More >>
Ian FroebYakitori tare and a bacon-wrapped shrimp at Izakaya RenWhenever I recommend a new restaurant, I do so knowing that trying it represents a far greater investment for you than it does for me. Today, however, I can make a suggestion confident that, if I'm wrong, or if you and I simply have ... More >>
The fine folks at Blue Ocean Sushi just dropped by with a menu folded into the shape of a collared shirt (see above). Down the right side there, you can see celebrity names; they continue on the back and, as it turns out, correspond to various sushi combo platters. Chuck Berry costs you $12 a ... More >>
Ian FroebThe panang curry pizza (?) at Thai Pizza Co.I last visited Thai Pizza Co. (608 Eastgate Avenue; 314-862-4429) five or maybe six years ago -- before I was the RFT's restaurant critic. Though the restaurant is located right down the street from Gut Check International Headquarters, I ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiNow open just east of the Loop: an all-vegetarian Indian restaurant. We were ridiculously excited to try Gokul, the new all-vegetarian Indian eatery that just opened on Delmar, a few blocks east of the Pageant Theatre (6101 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1888). For one thing, we loo ... More >>
Indian Food, the Indian and Pakistani restaurant at 8629 Olive Boulevard in University City, appears to have closed. A sign advertising the restaurant for lease is in the front window, and the phone number has been disconnected.I reviewed Indian Food in 2007, and it was one of my favorite restaur ... More >>
Image viaYou can eat a lot more sushi than this at Sushi Ai.This week I visit Sushi Ai, an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Maryland Heights.In theory, all-you-can-eat sushi is a terrifying concept, the death blow to a noble cuisine struck by the imperialist reach of gluttonous America. I ima ... More >>
This week's dining column by Ian Froeb covers Haveli Indian restaurant on Page Avenue in Overland.Photographer Jennifer Silverberg brings back these eighteen photos from the restaurant, its kitchen and the people behind it. Here are a few highlights. Photo: Jennifer SilverbergTandoor chef Inderjeet ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergTandoori chicken and mango lassi at HaveliThis week I visit Haveli, an Indian restaurant that opened late last year at 9720 Page Avenue in Overland. Follow me over the jump for a sneak preview of my review.
Jennifer SilverbergMy review of the Indian restaurant Mayuri is now available online. Mayuri is located at 12513 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur, in the space previously occupied by the Indian restaurant Ruchi. For more information, call 314-576-7272 or visit the restaurant's website. In this week ... More >>
Dara StricklandThe virtues of sushi as a food are significant, but its value to a sneak may be as elusive as a flying bird's reflection on a rippling pond. I've crafted these handy tables for you to compare the virtues of eating sushi in a restaurant to sneaking it into a movie theater. &nbs ... More >>
Café Lazeez 14248 Manchester Rd (Suite H), Manchester636-527-5900 Pizza, Burgers, Biryani, and KabobsThe sign outside of Café Lazeez reads, "Pizza, Burgers, Biryani, and Kabobs." This sounded like a place that would please everyone in our large group. My only hesitation in bringing the gang? ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/framboise "What this country needs," Woodrow Wilson's vice president, Thomas Riley Marshall, once famously observed, "is a good five-cent cigar." If Marshall were alive and living in St. Louis today, he'd no doubt opine, "What this city needs is some dece ... More >>
This week I visit Momoyama's, the Chesterfield sushi restaurant formerly known (and loved by many) as Yoshi's.I'm sure I've said it before, but a sushi restaurant is very difficult to critique, maybe the most difficult of all restaurant types, especially in St. Louis, where the sushi restaurants for ... More >>
Hey! Look! Another sushi joint! Tani Sushi Bistro is now at open 16 South Bemiston Avenue in Clayton. (Formerly Candicci's, I believe.) The restaurant is open for lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. The menu posted outside featured the usual assortment of nigiri sushi, sashimi and rolls. Call 314-7 ... More >>
This weekend Tower Grove Park hosts the annual St. Louis PrideFest. If you plan on attending the event and expect to eat lunch or dinner in the area, know that South Grand is home to many restaurants. Several of these are well-known: City Diner, Mangia, Pho Grand, King and I. However, I'd like to po ... More >>
Having moved from downtown to the Grove, Everest scales new heights.
As at most sushi restaurants, you also get a slip of paper with the sushi menu and a pencil to mark your selections. These are fairly standard: nigiri sushi, sashimi and Americanized sushi rolls including the St. Louis, the Philadelphia and even the Houston. (The Houston?) This week I return to Lu ... More >>
Rasoi plays with Indian cuisine — and that's a good thing. Anyone for a Bollywood Popper?
302 N. Kingshighway
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Ian likes it hot -- way hot.
Ruchi will delight fans of northern and southern Indian cuisine alike.
Dinner begins with a basket of complimentary papadam and four chutneys: one sharp with mint, a second fiery with chile, a third tart with tamarind and a fourth sweet with mango. The contrasts among the four flavors are thrilling. An order of pakora, that reliable appetizer, brings a dish of quite ... More >>