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Does eating at Sunda feel like eating in the club? Yes, but you don't have to love the ChampagnePapi lifestyle to love this restaurant.
We have dined here a number of times. We had six thirty reservations on a holiday with cold weather. So enjoyed the nonexistent noise level. Food was outstanding and portions were large. Our server Carly was a joy. She recommended some speciality cocktails and the crispy Brussels Sprouts were top notch. A very very nice place for small and large parties alike
I always dine with Frank, so I have quite a high expectation for service at Sunda. He wasn’t working tonight so we were seated in Brittany’s section. Unfortunately the service was extremely mediocre. A big decline from what I usually experience here. We ordered a ton of things (spicy edamame, oxtail potstickers, Brussel salad, beef lollipops, crispy dynamite, pig lobster roll, potbelly skewers, and alcohol) a lot of food for four people. Service started slow, but we were having a ton of conversation so we let it slide. This was the first time the other three had been here, and I was excited to show them one of my favorite spots in the city. Our server took a ton of time to bring the first round of drinks, and then, after those were finished, she asked if we wanted more. We said we needed a second to look so we could figure out which one we wanted, she was gone for 15-20 minutes. We periodically put in food orders and those came out quickly although it took her long to come back to our table. We also felt as though she was WAY more focused on the group of people sitting next to us. It was a huge table and she was clearly more alert and more focused on making sure they had a fantastic dining experience. We didn’t feel like we received half of the attentiveness that the surrounding tables received. It was industry night, and after I told her, service declined drastically. I don’t know what the reason was, but it was very frustrating. Normally would tip 20% before the discount. But tipped 20% after the discount, which still seemed like a lot to give considering the service was not what it should have been.
The food was amazing. Everything we tried was great. The oxtail potstickers and beef lollipops were a great starter. Pear sake drink is also a must have. Tina, our server was great a friendly especially with our 3 boys. Manager Ed was also super great talking with the boys. So enjoyable from beginning to end!
Food was great, but drinks took a little bit too long to be delivered to our table.
Was a little disappointed that the “policy” would t allow the waitress to split the checks for the table.
The restaurant was busy even after 9pm on a Saturday, so my service rating is 4 stars only because the service was a bit slow. Other than that, our water was great!
We went to Sunda for my boyfriend’s birthday. Being that he and I both had great experiences at Sunda previously, I was more than surprised about the kind of “meh” experience we had on Saturday.
I’ll start with the good: the Lychee Luxury drop was an amazing drink. Absolutely delicious! My boyfriend also enjoyed his drink, a Moscow mule (with Effen cucumber vodka). The panda signature roll was also tasty. My favorite dish of the night, however, was the Maguro nigiri. Oh my goodness, the tuna melt like butter. Incredible! The wagyu crispy rice was also good. My boyfriend was a bigger fan than I, but I’d eat it again.
The mediocre/decent: the pork belly skewers were meh. I’m a big fan of pork belly, and we ordered this dish at my insistence but I wouldn’t order it again. One of the pork belly skewers was about 90% cartilage and it just turned me off, I felt like it was a waste. The pancit canton noodles were also OK, maybe even decent (I’m a big fan of lap Cheong)
The bad: the Calamansi chicken crisps were horrific. We both took a single bite, made a face at each other, remarked on the saltiness and sent it back. The waitress remarked that this dish is usually “hit or miss.” She was nice enough to let us swap out the chicken crisps for another plate of the best dish of the night: maguro nigiri. Thank goodness for that.
The service was generally decent. A couple times we had difficulty finding our waitress for fresh plates, so other folks had to grab them for us but it was a busy night. I don’t know that I feel the need to return to Sunda in the future, as I’ve had much better fusion Asian cuisine elsewhere, but we’ll see.
This is one of my all time favorite restaurants. Eaten here so many times and never had a bad food experience. This last time the food was off. There was a bone in our crunchy rice spicy tuna and Brussels sprout salad tasted like it was missing something. Really bland. Super disappointing since my friend was in from Cali and this is our go to for our night out.
It was meh. Food was mediocre. Bus boy spilled water on me and it was 20 degrees outside. What did the waiter do? “Was it your fault or his?” Me: he spilled my husband’s water across the table... sooo yeah. Manager: May I offer you 100 napkins? It’s cold out “you can wear the napkin outside”
Never going back. That’s terrible.
Food was ok. Fusion with lots of options, nothing spectacular. I’d recommend Fat Rice, union sushi or Roka Akor
Sat up by the front window with my son. Food was excellent. We loved it!
Food is great.But it’s so noisy...
Delicious! Tiger shrimp tempura gives me life!
Food was amazing especially the tiger shrimp
Every single dish was better than the last!Our waiter nailed every selection and cocktails are so creative.
If you love Asian food, this is the place to go because of the fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and a little American thrown in. Server was exceptional mainly because she was so conscious of the table’s food allergies. Everything we tried delicious and cooked to perfection. (Street corn, oxtail potstickers, filet mignon, tempura shrimp and unagi sushi)
P.S. Hostess tried to seat us in not such a great area behind the sever station when the place was totally empty at the time, NOT OK. Also make sure your whole party is there on time or they won’t seat you and there is no comfortable place to wait.
Always a wonderful experience
Love Sunda and normally their food is good but I found their poke bowl to be terrible and low quality. I couldn’t even eat it. This is on their lunch menu and quite disappointing. Even the sushi in the bowl tasted low quality and not fresh.
The menu never disappoints here! The noise level is crazy loud and the table settings are very tight, but the great food and service go above and beyond for this place!! Can't wait for my next visit!
Great food and the server was very pleasent
Amazing food. Separate vegan and separate GF menu. Amazing staff. They are great with allergies. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was lovely but the acoustics were great so I had no trouble hearing my friends.
Always a great meal! We look forward to going. Super creative specialty Maki rolls. Must have the brussel sprouts every time we go.
Excellent experience. Amazing energy, service, and food....outstanding.
Amazing!! Great Sushi! I will be coming here every time I come to Chicago.
One of the best meals I've had in Chicago! Wonderful experience!
We had a 7:15 reservation on a Saturday and they seated us right away. It took our waiter some time to get to take our drink order. We ordered some apps at the same time. We got our apps before our drinks came. We the. Had to wait for a while to eat our server to come back and take the rest of our order. The food was ok. One of the rolls we didn’t like and they took it off our bill without question. They heard it was our anniversary and brought out a dessert for us which was nice. They had some good rolls, but the slow service turned me off from going there again.
It’s a bit dark but that’s to be expected with restaurants these days. The food is good and service too.
Amazing! Food was just outstanding and the service was great! Highly highly recommend this place. The ramen was the best I’ve ever had!
First time here. Went for Saturday brunch. We were 3 adults and ordered 5 items. Portions were very generous so we had lots of leftovers. Liked their lumpia the best. Adobo fried rice a bit too oily. We will cook it with additional rice as leftover to balance this to our taste. Crispy calamansi chicken skin was very decadent. Miso cauliflower was awesome. Shroom adobo was surprisingly great both for texture and flavor. Service and ambiance was 5 star. Coffee could be better ( how about barako or chickory?) overall a wonderful meal and good value.
Numerous visits. Numerous items. Never disappointing.
My daughter and I are visiting Chicago for a few days and heard about Sunda from a friend. It did not disappoint. The food was delicious (highly recommend the Brussels sprout salad) and it was good that our server pointed out that things were designed for sharing. We loved our meal and wish Sunda would open in Toronto!
I’m not sure why this restaurant has good reviews. Other than a trendy atmosphere, there is nothing to praise. Food was bland and service was mediocre. Garlic crab noodles had little flavor and a few flakes of crab meat. Egg rolls were equivalent to frozen grocery food. Sushi was Ok.
Food was really good and the service was great! Would recommend for great Asian food in Chicago!
Frank was wonderful and the food was amazing (as always). Made the experience so much better than it already was. He has to be the best server at Sunda. I’ve been many times and have had many different servers but I have to say that he is my favorite. Always so delightful. Looking forward to returning very soon.
Menu could have more vegetarian option for breakfast.
wonderful all the way around. wait staff great & gentleman that brought our order out, exceptional
Reservations was for 845pm didn’t get seated till 915pm. Was offered a few appetizers to compensate for my time.
Sunday really went downhill since my last visit that was one year prior. I had a duck fried rice and that was the grossest thing I have ever eaten in a long long time. It was SOUR. Portions are small and prices are ridiculous. I paid $24 for duck fried rice.
The crispy chicken chicharrones are a must! Our server Michael was helpful in making sure we ordered the right amount to ensure we could quickly get to our show on time. Their menu offers a good variety of different Asian favorites with touch of western influence.
Great atmosphere, great food, great service. The sushi was really creative and very filling. And everyone was very attentive and helpful. Will definitely be back again!
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