this past weekend Wendy, chef of former Savoy Truffle fame, opened "Kismet" in that location. It's a more casual menu, although prepared with the same care and interesting ingredients. She says she is trying for more of a North African menu.
We went on Friday night, the first open night, and already it was crowded. You'll want to call for reservations and hours (number below)
There were nice appetizers, cold gingered carrot soup, some salads, beureks (savory filo pastries), eggplant rolled with goat cheese, a few others.
A good selection of Kabobs and Couscous plates, and still BYO, no smoking, no kids, no credit cards. It was wonderful food, and a bit less expensive than Savoy Truffle. It is NOT Savoy Truffle, so make sure not to call it that :)
She says she is planning to open Savoy Truffle in a new space, 2728 W. Armitage, similar to how it was before, but with outdoor garden seating too. She may not get it open in time to take advantage of that this summer, but she is hoping for it to open in September.
I told her I'd be posting this to Chowhound, and since she doesn't get on the web too much, I had to explain what it was and the concept of a Chowhound. She said "I think we like Chowhounds - go ahead, tell 'em we're open".
So go! (no affiliation, although we had been pretty regular at Savoy Truffle, so we're very fond of Wendy :)
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