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Johnny Chu

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    T. Spot (Formerly Tien Wong) in Chandler Has Closed; Johnny Chu to Open New Hot Pot Restaurant in Sunnyslope

    If you've got a craving for chef Johnny Chu's spicy, bubbling bowls of broth, we've got some bad news. You're going to have to wait because the chef's hot pot and ramen restaurant, T. Spot in Chandler, has closed its doors for good. Chu re-branded the restaurant as T. Spot in fall 2013. It was cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Johnny Chu's RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen Turns Up The Spice in Sunnyslope

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    5 Best Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Johnny Chu's RedThai Friday, March 21 Earlier this year we told you that chef Johnny Chu, of Sochu House in Phoenix and T. Spot in Chandler, was planning to open two new spots in Phoenix. And as of this weekend fans of the chef's Asian cuisine will wait no longer to experience the newest concepts. ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    5 Unique Spots for Ethnic Cuisines in Greater Phoenix

    Thanks to food television and the Internet, becoming educated on the cuisines of other countries is easier than ever. See also: - Café Ga Hyang: Fantastic Korean Food -- And It's Open Late - Old Town Sarajevo Is a Bread and Meat Lover's Dream But often, finding the restaurants that specialize in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    SoChu House in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

    The Spot: SoChu House 2801 North Central Avenue, Phoenix 602-340-9777 www.sochuhouse.com See Also: - Pig & Pickle in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card - Tastemakers 2012: Johnny Chu - Miu's Cuisine: Sichuan Food That's Anything but Familiar

  • Culture

    February 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    8: Bob McClendon

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    16: Bernie Kantak

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    17: Bryan Dooley

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    21: Peter DeRuvo

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Squash Blossom: A Pleasant Little Place for Breakfast or Lunch

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Johnny Chu Dishes on What Americans Don't Get About Chinese Food and Why He Doesn't Have a Favorite American Dish

    See also: Johnny Chu, Tastemaker 2012 This is part two of my interview with Johnny Chu, chef-owner of SoChu House Neo Asian Martini Bar. If you missed part one of the interview with Johnny Chu, read it here. Is your cooking more influenced by one Asian cuisine another, or is it a true melting po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Johnny Chu Dishes on Hong Kong Street Food and the Questionable Authenticity of Local Chinese Restaurants

    See also: Johnny Chu Opens SoChu House with a Hip Ambiance and Plenty of Cocktails Johnny Chu SoChu House Neo Asian Martini Bar 2801 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix 602-340-9777 This is part one of my interview with Johnny Chu, chef-owner of the just-opened SoChu House Neo Asian Martini Bar. Come b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Johnny Chu Opens SoChu House with a Hip Ambiance and Plenty of Cocktails

    See also: Tastemaker No. 72: Johnny Chu See also: Johnny Chu's SoChu House to Open Thursday, July 19 When the curtains rose Thursday night at Johnny Chu's latest venture, SoChu House Neo Asian and Martini Bar, we were planning to drink and dine the night away at what will surely be a great new hot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Johnny Chu's SoChu House to Open Thursday, July 19

    See also: Johnny Chu Moving Sens Asian Tapas to CenPho, Opening New Restaurant in Peoria Citing a drop in business, in April, Johnny Chu, chef-owner of Tien Wong Hot Pot in Chandler and the defunct Lucky Dragon in Tempe and Fate in downtown's Roosevelt Row district, made the announcement he would b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Johnny Chu Announces Closing Date for Sens Asian Tapas

    In February, chef Johnny Chu, whose former restaurants included Lucky Dragon in Tempe and Fate in downtown's Roosevelt Row district, told me that Sens, his chic Asian small-plate restaurant and lounge located on the periphery of downtown's bustling core, has seen a drop in business. Then, earlier ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Johnny Chu Moving Sens Asian Tapas to CenPho, Opening New Restaurant in Peoria

    Looks like the increase in restaurant options in Downtown Phoenix was putting the hurt on Sens Asian Tapas after all. In February, owner and chef Johnny Chu, whose former restaurants included Lucky Dragon in Tempe and Fate in downtown's Roosevelt Row district, told me that Sens, his chic Asian sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Is CityScape Hurting Sens Asian Tapas and The Breadfruit?

    A few years ago, downtown's menu of dining options could be counted on one hand, but slowly, ever so slowly, that situation has been changing. With the arrival of CityScape, the high-rise residential, retail, office, and hotel complex in 2010, those in downtown now have more options of where to eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    The Mint Hosts Sake Dinner With Sumosommelier David Johnson

    ​Sumosommelier David Johnson​Spirits expert, ex-wine director at Oakville Grocery Co., and Sumosommelier David Johnson is at it again. After recently competing in the first Tommy Bahama "Rumologist" comeptition and attending celebu-chef Stephanie Izard's Goat Tour dinner, Johnson has joi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    The Mint Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Benefit

    ​The Mint, the swanky restaurant and ultra-lounge in Scottsdale, might have gleaned its name from its former bank location, but at its Paint it Pink benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the former financial institution is going the giving route. ​Starting at 3 p.m., this Thursday, O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Five Veggie Dishes We'd Give Up Meat For

    Where's the beef? Not on this plate. ​In honor of Meatless Monday, we present five meat-free dishes from Valley restaurants that we'd happily eat all week long. 1. Mongolian Delight, Loving Hut It looks like beef, smells like beef -- even feels like beef when you bite into it. But th ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Chef Johnny Chu Brings Asian Tapas To Scottsdale With The Mint

    ​Can Scottsdale's nightlife district do a trendy restaurant/ultra-lounge concept that doesn't just attract pretty young things in search of a candy cocktail and a phone number scribbled on a napkin, but actually has cred with food fanatics? With the help of chef Johnny Chu, a new spot called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    New in Chandler: Tien Wong

    ​A cold, rainy day like this one is perfect for the news that Johnny Chu, chef-owner of hip Asian tapas and sake spot Sens, just opened his new hot pot restaurant. Week-old Tien Wong (2330 N. Alma School Rd., #118) takes over the Chandler space that used to house Citrus C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Johnny Chu of Sens & Tien Wong (Coming Soon), Part Two

    Chef Johnny Chu cooks up traditional Asian fare in the open kitchen at Sens Asian Sake & Tapas Bar, infusing life into downtown Phoenix with his own eclectic décor and sleek outdoor patio. Now, he's working double time to open the Valleys first authentic Asian hot pot/shabu-shabu restaurant called ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Johnny Chu of Sens & Tien Wong (Coming Soon)

    Chef Johnny Chu is on double-duty: He's the chef/owner of Sens Asian Sake & Tapas Bar and the innovator bringing Asian hot-pot cooking to Chandler at the soon-to-be-launched Tien Wong. We catch Chu between gigs to talk travel, sake, and Asian markets. He lets us in on what a deep-fried fish with sca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Chef Johnny Chu Planning Chandler Hot Pot Spot

    ​After flirting with the idea for a few years, Sens chef-owner Johnny Chu is finally opening an authentic Asian hot pot/shabu-shabu restaurant, called Tien Wong. Never had this cuisine before? Imagine platters of raw ingredients that you dunk into a bubbling pot of broth until they' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Chillin' at Sens' New Bar and Patio

    ​I hit the town last night with a couple of my darlings, and started off at what's become an old standby, Sens. I never get tired of the food, cocktails, and relaxed vibe at chef-owner Johnny Chu's sleek Asian tapas joint. But I admit, it's been a few months since my last visit -- which bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    86: Soup Gyoza at Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar

    ​Hungry yet? We're working up our appetites for our huge Best of Phoenix issue, out September 30, with daily servings of Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes from across the Valley -- in no particular order Leave your suggestions for upcoming favorites in the comments section. Visit our sister ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Sens Gives 100 Percent to Haiti Relief

    ​A lot of local restaurants have really stepped up to help out with the Haiti earthquake relief effort, but Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar is going all the way. Chef-owner Johnny Chu says that 100 percent of food proceeds from his charity event next Tuesday, February 23, will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Sens Hosts Dinner for Free Arts of Arizona

    ​Just chatted with chef Johnny Chu of Sens, and he's excited about a special event he's hosting next week, on Monday the 16th. He says 100 percent of the proceeds from the night's dinner service (5 to 10 p.m.) will be donated to Free Arts of Arizona, a non-profit organization that reac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    The Naughty Vegetarian: Top Ten Fatty Meat-Free Foods

    PETA caused some hullabaloo (shocker) a couple months back with a billboard posted in Jacksonville, Fla. that said "Save the Whales, Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian." The billboard had a picture of a heavy-set lady on the beach in a not-so-itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie pink polka-dot bikini. Really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    New Downtown Lunch Option: Sens Asian Tapas

    Now that Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar is up and running with its dinner service, chef-owner Johnny Chu has finally added lunch hours (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday) and a new wok menu. (***Update: Lunch starts Monday, February 9.) By "new," I actually mean new to Sens, since som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Fate No More?

    No, the house that Johnny Chu built is not closing, as far as I know. But Fate is definitely in the midst of a name change, now that Chu's effectively out of the picture. The signs out front have been taken down, and although employees still say "Thank you for calling Fate" when they answer the phon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    What's the Fate of Fate?

    Rumor has it that there's been a split between Fate chef Johnny Chu (who recently opened Sens, the sake bar that I just reviewed) and owner/landlord Norman Fox, and that one of the key players involved in the restaurant has taken the liquor license. From the looks of the sign hanging outside of  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Johnny Chu's Fate Fiasco

    Johnny Chu is locked out of Fate, the downtown Asian restaurant he created six years ago. Longstanding disagreements between him and partner/landlord Norman Fox boiled over last Wednesday afternoon, when Chu says he discovered that Fox had changed all the locks on Fate and Next Door, and obtain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Dec. 8 In Blogs: Fate, Napolitano, Phooson and the Largest Uterus Ever Removed

    We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Local Docs Enter Record Books With Largest Uterus Ever Removed Light-R ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Sens Asian Tapas Finally Set to Open

    By Michele Laudig As they say, better late than never -- especially in this bizarre economic climate. Fate chef-owner Johnny Chu's new Asian tapas and sake bar, Sens, was supposed to have opened by now, but like many new restaurants around town, the launch was postponed by a couple of months. Now ... More >>

  • News

    November 30, 2006

    Matt's Big Hassle

    Three years ago, Mayor-elect Phil Gordon promised to make it easier for small businesses to renovate old buildings. But the problems faced by one indie restaurateur show that, if anything, it's harder than ever

  • Dining

    October 13, 2005

    Nighthawk Noshes

    Beyond the diner

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2005

    You Say You Wanna Resolution . . .

    Well, you know, we all want to change careers

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 30, 2004
  • News

    December 4, 2003

    The Cool Index

    Phoenix has always been hot. But can it ever be cool?

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 18, 2003
  • Dining

    August 7, 2003

    Fate Accompli

    There are few more exciting restaurants in our Valley

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 26, 2002
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