So, this weekend after a long day my girlfriend and I decided to try a new (to us and fairly new to the city) pan asian place, Satay at 936 W Diversey (773-477-0100).
Not entirely sure what to expect we got onto the Brown line and got off at the Diversy St. stop, the directions were "turn left" and sure enough, the restaurant is literally next door to the el stop.
The menu is a mix off Asian and asian influenced dishes ranging from Sushi to pad thai to Jerk Chicken. As well amongst the specials and the main menu are a number of dishes more accurately described as "fusion".
To start we had the papaya salad - very mild but tasty, a very large portion.
I ordered a curry salmon dish - salmon marinated in a spicy chili sauce, then served with mixed vegetables in a red coconut curry sauce. This doesn't do the dish justice, the dish that arrived included asperagus, yellow squash, red peppers, carrots, pineapples, grapes, brocoli, snow peas and more. All perfectly cooked with a very generous portion of wonderfully flavorful salmon. All in all a spicy and delicious dish.
My girlfriend ordered Mongolian Beef. Possibly the best rendition of a classic dish I have eaten in quite a while the meat was flavorful and well cooked, and the sauce delicious. It was served to the side of a large bed of dry rice noodles (great presentation on clear dishes).
Rice was served on the side.
We didn't have room but the desserts looked and sounded wonderful. Next time (probably this Wednesday), I'll save room for the mango and sweet sticky rice.
Satay is BYOB. It is a deceptively large space, capable of easily accomodating even large groups of diners.
In short, a great addition to the local scene and a real find. Don't let the location decieve you, each dish is carefully crafted and very flavorful.
p.s. They frequently have an ad in the Reader, section 2 for buy one entree get second one half-off.