Good Eats: Yes Asia Cafe
By Jason Freeman email@example.com September 28, 2011 4:06PM
Yes Asia Cafe is located at 7101 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
YES ASIA CAFE
7101 W. 183rd St., Unit 108,
(708) 429-1888, yesasiacafe.com
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Credit cards: All major cards except American Express are accepted
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:51AM
IN A NUTSHELL: Yes Asia Cafe in Tinley Park provides a warm, inviting atmosphere in which to enjoy an array of Asian foods that, despite being fairly large portions, don’t leave you feeling overstuffed.
The food delivers on taste and isn’t as pricey as other restaurants that specialize in Eastern food.
DECOR: You’ve never seen a restaurant decorated quite like this.
From the upside-down umbrellas hanging from the ceiling to the entire seven-book “Harry Potter” collection sitting on the bookshelves, you can tell a lot of time and thought went into the interior design plan.
Yes Asia features a traditional dining area as well as a more relaxed section with lounge chairs, TV sets and coffee tables. The entire restaurant welcomes you like the interior of a friend’s house.
SERVICE: The staff is polite, friendly and talkative. They really make you feel at home.
Have a question about a menu item, or are you unsure of how to use those chopsticks? They’ll help you out.
WHEN WE VISITED: On a Saturday night for dinner. It wasn’t crowded but, even if it was, the restaurant’s interior is spacious and gives diners plenty of breathing room.
WE TRIED: I had the grilled shrimp and beef noodle ($9.29), and my girlfriend had the chicken fried rice ($7.49).
Both dishes were filling but also had a light, airy quality about them that didn’t make us feel as if we’d eaten too much.
We both had the Yes Asia egg roll ($4.99) for an appetizer and a lattes after dinner. The egg rolls are especially delicious and are perhaps the crunchiest I’ve ever had (in a good way).
DRINKS: Yes Asia Cafe specializes in teas, fresh fruit smoothies and coffees.
Many drinks come with fruit floating at the bottom that you can suck up via an oversized straw. It’s all very tasty and, yes, even a little bit fun to drink.
BRING THE KIDS? Sure! Children will love the decor and open spaces. They might event start dancing to the music videos constantly playing on the two wall-mounted high-definition TV screens.
PARKING: The restaurant shares a parking lot with other businesses in its complex but has plenty of open spaces.
Unless you drive a convoy of semitrucks, parking shouldn’t be a big deal.
CARRY-OUT/DELIVERY? You bet. The restaurant even has a stylish motorcycle constantly parked out front dedicated to bringing you your food fast and fresh.
HISTORY: Yes Asia Cafe opened July 15 and is owned by Nancy Huynh, who runs the restaurant with her husband, Tiger.
OWNER’S 2 CENTS: Huynh told me she intentionally called the restaurant “Yes Asia” in an effort to represent all Asian countries, not just one.
Everything — the decor, the music, the menu — reflects this attempt at Asian diversity.
WORTH A RETURN VISIT?: Most definitely. Because it’s down the street from the SouthtownStar newsroom, I have a feeling I’ll be stopping by quite often. You should, too.