Back in May, X-Marx supper club co-founders Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo announced their new concept: a 30-seat rustic eatery inspired by "global peasant cuisine" that would be called Flour and Bones. Well, the duo has changed the name, but kept the concept and now have soft opened Fat Rice.
The restaurant, with an open kitchen and counter seating at 2957 W. Diversey, features cuisine inspired by the travels of colonial Portuguese throughout Southeast Asia over the last 500 years. The menu will focus on curries, noodles and wood-grilled meats with a beverage program pulled together by Craig Perman featuring wines from Spain, France, Germany and Austria. Rare Tea Cellars provides the tea and coffee is roasted by Bang Bang Pie.
The menu features dishes like smoked tofu with royal trumpet mushrooms and pickled onion; ensalada of Iberian ham, tea egg and padron pepper; cauliflower claypot with pumpkin, long bean, okra and coconut; and wood-smoke "African" chicken with coconut, tomato and peanut. For now, Fat Rice will be open for dinner, although the team originally said they'd also do lunch and have a to-go deli case, so watch for that.
· X-Mark Founders Opening Flour and Bones Late Summer [~EChi~]
· What to Eat at Fat Rice, Now Open (Shhh...) [Grub Street]
· Fat Rice [website]