Si Fu Chino Latino combines two worlds in Roscoe Village

UPDATE: A second sneak peak buffet is now being offered to sample Si Fu Chino Latino's menu. Next Friday (06.13.2014), a lunch buffet will be available from 11 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. Later that same evening, Si Fu will officially open to the public. 

Anyone that knows what I like to eat knows that my two favorite types of food are Chinese and Mexican. I have always said that I wish they would combine the two into a single restaurant so that I could enjoy them both at one meal.

Somebody, somewhere was listening!

Imagine my delight when I read DNAinfo yesterday and learned that Si Fu Chino Latino is opening up in Roscoe Village.

Si Fu Chino Latino is going to be a combination stir fry and taco kitchen that offers counter ordering service. Patrons can get their food to go, or dine in either the restaurant or on one of it's patios.

Though the restaurant will start with its' food selection first, eventually they hope to have a liquor license so that customers can enough a margaritas and beer with their entree.

Last night, my partner and I had the privilege of meeting Le Trinh, the owner of Si Fu. Trinh is better known with his business partner, Marc Wuenschel, as the co-owners of Hutch in Lakeview, but Trinh also owns another Roscoe Village favorite, Banh Mi & Co.

Trinh told us that he kept wondering what was up to when he kept seeing a variety of Chinese and Mexican trinkets and decorations coming into his home. Eventually, the idea of a Chinese and Mexican paired restaurant was announced, and Si Fu was born.

Though a menu is not yet available, DNAinfo had this to say in their article:

Si Fu's straightforward menu offers seven varieties of tacos and stir-fried rice bowls, all of which can be prepared as "Chino" or "Latino" dishes.

The choices are barbeque pork, Mongolian beef, teriyaki mushroom, coconut curry chicken, orange chicken, lemongrass tofu and lemongrass chicken.

While the Chinese-inspired tacos are topped with pickled daikon radishes, carrots, cilantro and jalapeno, the Latino inspired tacos are topped with sour cream, pico de gallo, cilantro and cheese.

Bowls of fried rice are $7.88 each and contain stir-fried rice and vegetables when prepared the Chinese way or rice and beans when prepared as a Mexican dish. Tacos are all $3 each.

Si Fu is not scheduled to officially open for a few more weeks, but next Wednesday (06.11.2014), a private dinner will showcase what is to come. Tickets for that event can be bough here.

As much as my partner and I want to be there, we have previous plans that evening with the Backstreet Boys on the Lakefront. So, we will have to wait until the doors open to the public to get a taste.

Once the doors are open 2116 W. Roscoe, delivery and catering will be available. For more information on Si Fu, contact them at 773-290-0909.

I'm sure I will see you there once they open. Until then, here are a few pictures I took inside last night.

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