I've eaten a lot of Indian food in my time. I used to live close to Devon av. in Chicago (I wistfully long for the days of counter biryani at 4 dollar a vat). Unfortunately, ethic restaurants in northern Illinois are quite pricey because of the lack of competition. Expect to spend about thirty dollars a person (food, samosa appetizer, drink, tax and trip). The biryani starts at 15.95.
That said, I've had home cooked biryani, restaurant biryani, biryani in the heart of Indian food districts in various cities, and nothing tops this. They have a glass window where you can watch them matching your food. Everything is made from scratch. I saw them blend the flour and water for my samosas and then roll out the dough. They also cooked the potato mixture right there. They use bone-in chicken for the biryani, but I saw them take a super generous portion of chicken on a skewer and then cut it off, piece by piece, to make it boneless. The food was so good, my cheeks tingled. Though it was very pricey, the portions were large and I ate from it for the next four days.
I don't know if some of the other reviewers went in for lunch and received food that had been pre made, etc. Maybe I lucked out because I went on a Wednesday night when there was no one there, so they had no choice. I've also been to places in Chicago were samosas are made in the am and reheated throughout the day, and yes, this can be frustrating.
I would recommend. I plan on trying their buffet soon.
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