Chef Somying Fox has a new restaurant in the Delmar Loop. Fox Fire opened on April 15, featuring Pan-Asian cuisine and wood-fired specialties.

Fox also owns Basil Spice Thai Cuisine in the South Grand dining district and My Thai, which opened last year in the Central West End. With Fox Fire, she collaborates with her husband, Kevin, to bring a blend of Asian and American-inspired dishes to the menu – a marriage of their backgrounds.

“We wanted people to be able to enjoy Asian food and American food at the same time. It’s all made with love,” Somying says. “We want to make everybody happy and for them to have a good experience – that’s our goal.”

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Chef-owner Somying Fox.

Fox Fire fills the space previously occupied by Público, which closed in December, retaining its wood-fired grill in the kitchen and tree-like sculptures mounted on the dining area wall. Fox reworked the open kitchen to suit her needs and brought many new touches to the dining room, including a teak wood carving imported from Thailand and art by local artists Andrew Tansil and Ray Moody.

“This place feels like home,” Fox says. “I can be cooking and my kids can sit here and watch, and friends and family can come hang out. It’s very comfortable.”

Highlights from the menu include a grilled shrimp salad with romaine, lettuce, garlic croutons, shaved Parmesan and a ginger-vinaigrette dressing with a hint of sweetness from honey. A Philly cheesesteak is another favorite, made with a soy and ginger-marinated steak and topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onion, served with fries and taro chips.

Pan-Asian offerings include pad Thai with noodles, bean sprouts, green onions, egg, lime and crushed peanuts, available with marinated chicken, pork, tofu, beef, shrimp or a seafood combo. The same proteins are available across a number of items including Fox’s take on Vietnamese pho, featuring a rich savory broth with noodles, bean sprouts, green onions, cilantro, basil and fried wontons.

Wood-fired specialties include a grilled pork chop marinated in Asian-style sauce; spicy fish filet featuring crispy fish with garlic, pepper, red curry, ginger onion and basil; and basil mussels with sautéed mussels, scallops, ginger, basil and Brussels sprouts.

Desserts include sweet sticky rice and custard, fried bananas with ice cream, creme brûlée and chocolate cake. From the full bar, choose from a selection of beer, wine and cocktails including options such as a lychee martini.

Fox Fire is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 3pm and 5 to 9:30pm as well as Friday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm and 5 to 11pm.

Fox Fire, 6679 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop, University City, Missouri, 314.899.9995

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Mabel Suen is the St. Louis contributing editor for Feast.

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