Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Last night, after a series of soft openings, Lon Symensma and his crew from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, which opens today at 1555 Blake Street, hosted a final party that flowed with wine, beer and champagne and strutted dishes from Symensma's Asian-inspired menu.

Everything that came out of Symensma's state of the art kitchen made us hungry for a return visit. And after drooling over last night's food porn, which you can view on the next page, we suspect you'll be speed dialing for reservations.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Exec chef Lon Symensma's grilled pork satay with golden pickles and peanut sauce.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Soup dumplings with sweet onions and Gruyère. Loved, loved, loved these.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Curried duck spring rolls with cilantro yogurt.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

A sugar high of butter and chocolate chips that will eventually become chocolate cake served with salted peanut ice cream and toasted marshmallows.

 

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Cholon's intensely aromatic veal stock, perfumed with onions.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Symensma puts the finishing touches on shrimp cakes straddling lettuce leaves; he serves them with Vietnamese nước chấm.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

The finished version of the shrimp cakes with lettuce leaves.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

House-baked brioche buns, which the chef uses to sandwich the pan-fried catfish with herb aioil and turmeric jam, as well as the pulled beef with Raclette cheese and radishes.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

A ChoLon cook garnishes the chili crab rolls, enveloping charred corn salad, and dotted with Sriracha mayo.

 

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Symensma and another chef assemble the grilled pork satay and shrimp cakes.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

A ChoLon prep cook shows off his perfect dice.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Symensma, wielding a $600 Japanese knife, struts his slicing and skinning skills with halibut, which is steamed and served with tom yum broth and wild mushrooms.

Food porn from ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
Lori Midson

Symensma's charred corn salad.

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