photo credit: Veda Kilaru
Can a restaurant space be doomed? Following the demise of Charlatan and then Vajra, Jook Sing now occupies the same corner in Noble Square. And for a place inspired by the hustle and bustle of Asian night markets, the after-dark energy here is more “low-key neighborhood bar on a semi-deserted stretch of Chicago Ave.” than “fun international scene.” Despite having a menu of fusion-y Southeast Asian street food—like Singaporean roti john or Malaysian fried rice—Jook Sing really just feels like a place you stop in on your way home for one last cocktail and snacks after a long night of drinking. And one of those snacks should be an order of Internet noodles. Served on a paper plate (like most dishes here) and piled with corned beef, an egg, and plenty of sambal oelek, it’s the best thing on the menu. At the moment Jook Sing is BYOB, so here’s hoping it can overcome the curse of the delayed liquor license.