Haisous Vietnamese Kitchen
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Co-owner Danielle Dang’s Pilsen hotspot masterfully straddles the line between approachable and upscale, with a polished, modern aesthetic supporting a bevvy of cheffy Vietnamese standards. Expect impeccably crisp chicken wings smothered in caramelized fish sauce and chili alongside bright pan-roasted seafood, veggie-laden curries, and fragrant Bun Cha Hanoi swimming in charred pork broth atop a bed of silky rice noodles.
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Faithful Pilsenites already know all about this chic Vietnamese outpost’s utter mastery of Southeast Asian flavors but for those not yet aware, the multi-course Christmas dinner is the perfect excuse to dip your toes into these seductive waters. Vibrant papaya salad lays the groundwork for cheffy takes on grilled sausage rolls, octopus salad, lemongrass ribeye roast, seafood medley enriched with garlic butter and lime leaf, and much more. For dessert, look no further than coffee cream puffs and lychee whipped rice pudding.
Cost: Packages start at $80 per person (feeds groups of two or more)