When diners walk into Ryuu Asian BBQ, which soft opened on Wednesday in Logan Square, they’ll sit down at tables embedded with circular Japanese-style grills. When restaurant co-owners David Condon and wife Anna Makmok traveled to California, they saw a food world that meshed Japanese, Korean and Thai flavors. The couple has extensive restaurant experience, accompanied by Makmok’s mother—chef Noy Sengsourichanh—the quiet and stern force who founded Anna’s Asian Bistro in the West Loop.
They’re no longer affiliated with Anna’s, which moved to Ravenswood, but Ryuu aims to deliver a fireball of different flavors. Staff will grill Korean items like bulgolgi and kalbi tableside, though customers can, too. Instead of the traditional Korean banchan, they’ll have a rotating selection of side dishes. There’s also a variety of Thai and Japanese dipping sauces. Korean barbecue purists shouldn’t worry—there will always be kimchi.
For meat-eaters who have seen how some vegetarians shriek at the mention of Korean barbecue, there’s also a meat-free option. Tofu and satay tofu are available to give vegetarians that table-top experience.
A full bar holds 16 beer taps. Condon said he wanted to make sure his restaurant served quality beers and offered stellar service, something that doesn’t always happened at restaurants of this genre.
Eventually, Condon would like to expand. The basement area is unfinished, and it would be ideal for a private space. Karaoke is also a possibility, though Condon may have to convince his wife if that’s a good idea.
Take a look at the photos and the menu below.
Ryuu Asian BBQ, 2766 N. Milwaukee Ave., (773) 661-1919, open 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; Closed on Tuesday.