All the while, the idea for a new partnership was taking shape. “Sometime last year, we were chatting about doing a pop-up,” says Siu. “It kept getting pushed back and kept growing into what we’re doing now.” Last October, the friends hosted their first Friends & Family event as the newly minted See You Soon. At its core, the company’s ethos couldn’t be simpler. See You Soon is, “an expression of farewell, with the intention of meeting once again. A concept focused on bringing both familiar and new faces together through the shared experience of food.” Despite working with some of the city’s buzziest culinary teams, the three chefs wanted more freedom to put their innumerable ideas onto plates, and into the world.
“Our style would be Scandinavian at the base but incorporating our cultures, and experiences eating and cooking around the world,” says Le. Modern and playful, with elements that hint at several cuisines (Siu is Chinese, Le is Vietnamese, and Ovejas is Filipino), See You Soon's menus are refreshingly hard to define. Unlike some chefs who cook according to rigid traditions and norms, the See You Soon team creates in a way that’s unfettered and free. They’ll serve fried rutabaga with yeast mayo and nettle powder or top fermented black apple with apricot kernel and lemon verbena sorbet and call it dessert. Seasonal ingredients abut those that have been preserved, allowing for more interest during months of less prolific growth. Despite the foams, the fermentation, the foraged tableware, and the clear evidence of Michelin-quality training, through it all, there’s a youthful sense of joy. “We just want people to have fun,” says Ovejas. “It’s chill, but still really thoughtful, high-quality food.”