1028 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
Open daily 11 am – 11 pm
Vora is a little hidden Chicago treasure of culinary options from the East. Complimenting the emphasis on “Simple, Healthy, Delicious” (the restaurant’s tagline), everything is made to order, enabling one to tailor their choices to dietary needs or preferences. The menu features traditional yakitori, hot pot, sashimi, maki, and taiwanese dim sum, as well as a full alcoholic and natural juice bar. In short, if you are looking for an asian dinner option, chances are that Vora will be able to help satisfy your craving. The soups are delicious and huge for the prices, and a fantastic lunch special allows the diner to enjoy soup, salad, and an entree for $12 (unheard of for the Gold Coast neighborhood).
As the owners (and chefs) of Vora hail directly from Taiwan, one of the restaurant’s calling cards is its “Taiwanese Market” dim sum. Traditionally prepared, the options range from healthy shrimp dumplings to deep fried sesame balls. Another crowd favorite is the Ahi Poke, which features mango salsa, avocado, pickled onion, and lotus root chips, all artistically constructed on the plate (the chefs take great pride in creating beautiful plates). From the Japanese side, all of the maki can be made with multi-grain rice for a slight upcharge.The juices ($6) are done to order and come in a variety of combinations, but always feature natural ingredients; examples include papaya & milk; apple, tomato, honey, and lemon; and grapes, yogurt, and honey.
The atmosphere is spa-like and serene with a modernist vibe. TV’s show time-lapse videos of Chicago attractions, and grass cloth and cool greens compliment soft whites. The space is beautiful but unimposing and unpretentious–families and couples can intermingle or stay separated, as they like. Vora offers online ordering as well as delivery within a particular area of the city (call to check the extent). Offering health-focused fare that fills and satisfies, Vora is a fantastic place to refuel after a vigorous workout upstairs.