Venti's


Putting my finger on why I haven't eaten at Venti's until now is a mystery. It might be that it's kind of a hip dining spot staffed by a crew of generation X types with brightly colored furniture that stands out in the sometimes drab Salem dining scene. Walking through the front door might make even the coolest parent in town feel a bit square and mainstream. Their new restaurant, on Court Street downtown, is lighter and cleaner than the former location. The dining room is larger with comfortable booths, wood floors and an open kitchen. Ordering from their menu of reasonably priced bento bowls and yakisoba is done over the counter where you can get a peek at the chef preparing your meal atop a hot stove. While we waited for the food, we took in the scene and listened to a nice mix of Rolling Stone's greatest hits playing on the sound system. Not bad so far. It didn't take long for the food to arrive steaming hot at our table. I ordered the regular size Beef Teriyaki Bowl for $7 topped with ginger and cabbage slices. This is absolutely the best beef teriyaki that I have eaten thus far in Salem. The strips of beef were thick and juicy and decorated nicely in a circular sun shape over the rice. And it was really hot! Halfway through the meal I checked the end of my fork to see if it had melted. The bowl was also filled high with rice that can best be described as fluffy and sticky. Completely satisfied with my meal I was surprised to hear grumbling across the table from my wife about hers. She got the Chicken Thai Peanut Bowl and felt that her meal was sub par. This seems to happen a lot with the two of us when dining out. My system for trying out a new restaurant is to order a simple item from the menu or something that the restaurant specializes in. It's like dipping your toe in the water to see if it's cold before diving in. Overall, Venti's is a great little local spot adding bright color and flavor to our up and coming downtown.
325 Court Street
503-399-8733

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

We love Venti's and have been eating there for years. I recommend everyone try it out if you haven't already, it's good, fresh food.

Arika said...

The Chicken Thai Peanut bowl at Venti's is my favorite dish I love the cucumbers and Basil with the spicy peanut sauce.

Anonymous said...

Normally, vegetarian is the absolutely last thing on my mind, (I'm a porterhouse guy), but I actually like the veggie bowl at Venti's every once in a while. It has just the right amount of everything to make you not miss the meat. They are are only ones in town that seem to know how to blanch food correctly. Healthy isn't suppose to taste good, but they have it figured out.

Dsperin said...

Venti's has been around forever, and I still love the food. Dino is awesome as well... when I was pregnant I got hooked on the strawberry lemonade that he makes. He made me a giant one once.. and I got so sick :)

My favorite here is the yakisoba chicken wrap. Admittingly, it's all I ever order. I love it so much that I can't really risk ordering anything else.

The original location deterred me from going as much as I would have liked... a bit small and you always have to order the food to go. I'll get around to trying the new place soon I'm sure!

Jonathan said...

I ate there for the first time today. I had the Honey Pepper Pork over Rice. It was amazing. The space has a great atmosphere. This is the sort of place you want to find an excuse to take a friend to who has never been!

Anonymous said...

Food is a bit overpriced for how much of your bowl is rice but overall is usually very tasty. Some of the garnishing vegetables like the cabbage are difficult to eat because they are cut so long. Since the move where did the curry dishes go?? oh well.

Amanda said...

Just wanted to let people know that Venti's also has a "full bar" of sauces available. So if you think the basic bowl is a bit bland, then kick it up a notch with some of the sauces on standby!

Vegan's Nightmare said...

I just went to Venti's for lunch. The Moroccan chicken pita was suggested by a lunch companion who was familiar with the menu, and it was fantastic! The pita was 6.95 which was a little expensive for the size, but I think they made up for it with the quality. I used to eat at Venti's years ago and was always disappointed (yet I kept going back hoping it would improve).

I'm definitely going back.

Anonymous said...

i just had that lunch the other day, Vegan's Nightmare. the cinnamon-y moroccan flavors in the chicken were so great, the yogurt sauce was tangy and light. really great wrap. yeah it was kind of expensive, but it came with chips so a full meal (without soda, thankfully!) that rivals a micky d's price-wise. yes? but so much healthier. got mine to go, paper container, no styrofoam! love venti's.