By Emily Reynolds TUKed across from The Pearl Brewery is the collaboration of San Antonio’s The Friendly Spot, 943 S. Alamo St., and popular chef David Gilbert, whose Asian-inspired cuisine will be served at the new Tuk Tuk Tap Room. Tuk Tuk, at 1702 Broadway, wowed first-time diners this week at their soft opening and has been the latest talk of the town. It’s what happens when craft brew meets Gilbert's heart n’ soul Asian food. Gilbert, formally of Hotel Eilan’s Sustenio, traveled far and wide across Asian lands as part of his culinary training before planting himself in San Antonio. He has been honored with a James Beard award nomination and his return on the culinary scene has been much anticipated. (A "tuk tuk," by the way, is a noisy, motorcycle-powered taxi used in busy Thai cities. It is shown on the restaurant's logo, above.) Gilbert and The Friendly Spot owners, Steve and Jody Newman, are already knocking the slippers off midtown with their new collaborative concept. Tuk Tuk is a not-so-hole-in-the-wall with bright colors, funky chic décor and a wall full o' brews, screaming new Asian. Flavors we tried recently at the opening included spiced peanuts, pork laarb and shrimp crackers, and the must-try Lotus Root Chicken Salad served with crisp rice crackers. Whether or not you’re a social media nerd, the best way to reach Tuk Tuk is via Facebook and Twitter (@TukTukTapRoom). Tuk Tuk will officially open Tuesday, Sept. 24 with opening hours from 5 p.m. - midnight, Tuesday – Saturday.