Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Standard Indian Restaurant

Location: 917 W Belmont
Cost: About $15 per person

Sometimes people that don't know vegetarians well think that it's impossible to go anywhere with them because they can't eat anything. Really though, these social outcasts of sorts (just kidding) can find something most anywhere. On top of that, there are a few genres of food that lend themselves very well to vegetarians. My go to places are usually Indian or Italian for that reason in particular. When we were in our last week of neurology, my friend Renee (notorious vegetarian) found a groupon for her favorite Indian place, Standard Indian Restaurant. We got out early one day and decided to check it out.

Logistics
If you walk East when you get off the train at Belmont, you can't really miss Standard Indian. It's a simple storefront with an enticing buffet line near the window. You can sit on some pillows on the window sill while you wait. We were there pretty early on a Thursday and still had to wait about 40 minutes. The owner took note of this and brought us some free mango shakes to tide us over. I think the wait was so long because there were only a dozen tables or so.

I can easily say that this was the best service I've had since starting JEC. The owner checked in on us multiple times. The waiter was very educated. We were brought out extra food that the chef thought we were missing from our order. For a small storefront amongst busy foot traffic, I was thoroughly impressed with how homey it felt. The cost is reasonable as well. They have an all you can eat buffet that might be around $16 for lunch and is closer to $18 for dinner. We both ordered Thalis that were $14 each. The portions in general were huge, but things got really plentiful with all the complimentary add ons.

The Food
The first thing that came out was a sample of the Kadhi, a creamy soup with a rich tomato presence. It was a little grainy but packed a punch. They also brought out some Veggie Samosas. The fried exterior was very light and flaky. With my thali I also got to order an appetizer, so I picked the Samosa Chaat which is like a typical samosa in a variety of sauces and chickpeas. This would be my suggestion for how you should start your meal off when you go.

The Veggie Samosas

The Samosa Chaat

The Kadhi

By ordering the thalis we were able to get a nice sampling of the menu including the Aloo Gobi, the Saag Paneer, the Chana Masala, the Chicken Makhani, the Chicken Tikka Masala, and the Lamb Vindaloo. My favorites were the Saag Paneer and the Chicken Makhani. Most of the dishes were very nicely prepared. I thought the aloo gobi was a bit bland, and I wish there was more lamb in the vindaloo. I felt pretty confidently that I could've mentioned this and it would've been taken care of, but I was so full by that point anyways.

Renee's Thali

 My Thali

Overall
Standard Indian Restaurant didn't have the most amazing Indian food I'd ever tried, but it was still damn good. It's the service that makes the experience unforgettable. I'll try and build up a massive hunger before I return because there's a bunch of the menu I still need to try. I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Pearls.


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2 comments:

  1. Of the Schaumburg IL restaurants, you can find some good Indian food there. It's one of my favorite types of food.

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