celebrating life’s bounty every day

contemporary viet food x global souls

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the nem philosophy

Nem features contemporary Vietnamese cooking elevated with a global creative mindset and made with the freshest local ingredients. This season one of our favorite bounties is Clark Farm’s happy pigs fed with ripe walnuts and squash from the farm grounds.

Unlike traditional models where the diner simply gets served, to experience Nem’s euphoric identity is to meet and spend time with Vinh Le. The soul behind Nem, Vinh is the wild combination between urban designer, food designer, and co-owner of Ha Noi’s semi-underground Monsoon kitchen and bar. Vinh cut his teeth as a cook at Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon and has been hosting cooking classes the past six years.

At the end of the day, Nem is simply an excuse to have fun cooking our hearts out and dining merrily alongside wonderful company.


Upcoming Events

charcuterie & dinner

coming dec 2019



design your own

Nem’s own charcuterie tasting. Demo dinner where you cook a feature dish. Wine pairings. We tailor the experience to your group. Ideal for groups of 4-8 guests. Limited availability.


private dining

Full service dinner for groups of 6 to 12. Monthly dates coming soon. Our venue or yours - inquire for more.


Pop ups

We take over a restaurant and dole out delicious fare. Resuming Spring 2019. Stay tuned!

They were so warm and friendly, and immediately made us all feel at home and welcome.
— Hannah W, Chicago IL