Logan Square's Fat Rice rose from underground dining club to one of the most-acclaimed restaurants in the country since opening in late 2012, and after expanding to brunch service over a year ago, starting limited reservations in September and announcing its forthcoming lounge and bakery expansion that's slated to open in late summer, eaters will have two more ways to get around the often lengthy wait times and experience its lauded Portuguese-Chinese fusion this week. Beginning Wednesday, the restaurant will begin lunch service, as well as start slinging that piri piri chicken to go.
The lunch service, which will be available Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (brunch will continue on Sundays), will be more casual than dinner service and available dine-in or to-go. Menu items include two Fat Rice staples, boiled dumplings and the pork chop sandwich. Two new dishes, inspired by co-owners Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo's recent trip to Malaysia, are also available at lunch: Fat Rice #2 (Nasi Lemak), a version of their signature dish infused with coconut milk and tiny fried fish, and Laksa, thick and thin rice noodles in coconut curry broth with shrimp, tofu, shallots and hard-boiled egg.
And there's that piri piri chicken, which was previously available only in limited quantities at dinner. The split, charcoal-roasted bird will be on the menu and served with your choice of two sauces, and may induce lunchtime lines that rival the dinner ones. Check out the full menu below; it kicks off on Wednesday at 11 a.m.