Each time after I go out for Indian food, I am baffled as to why I am not eating more of it. It happened again last week when I met my lovely friend, Anca, at India House in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. What is wrong with me? I love all of the colors and rich, earthy, spicy flavors of the ingredients such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, etc. So, I don’t get why I am not choosing Indian restaurants more often. Something to work on, I guess.
India House is located 1 1/2 blocks west of the Grand ‘L’ stop along the CTA Red Line. It is an attractive, modern, brightly colored space with attentive service and great food. Anca and I decided to try the lunch buffet which is priced at $14.95 from Monday-Thursday. Usually, I avoid buffets, as the quality of the food is often woefully sub par. However, if you show up for a lunch buffet (or any buffet) at the beginning of service, there is a much better chance of having a good dining experience. Such was the case at India House. Anca and I arrived at 11:30am, well before the lunch crowd descended. So, the buffet was fresh, untouched and hot. Here is how our lunch went down:
I started off with the chicken tandoori and naan which was brought to our table directly from the kitchen, so as not to lose its “ta-da” effect while sitting on the buffet. I really enjoyed it. The chicken was sizzling, juicy and well-spiced. The naan was soft, warm and herbaceous.
The buffet at India House is quite large. There are a myriad of delicious dishes which include meat, fish and vegetarian/vegan options. Everything looked great. There were far too many dishes for me to try on this initial visit. So, I will be back again. I especially want to try the soup and desserts.
Some of the stand-out dishes included the spinach with corn, dal (lentils) and veggie biryani.
I also really enjoyed the channa (chick peas), the lamb and tilapia.
The aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes) was another winner for me.
India House has a full bar. However, Anca and I decided to try one of the non-alcoholic libations. Check out this pretty and refreshing Turmeric Citrus drink made with orange juice, lemon juice, ginger, honey and turmeric. It was smooth, frothy, cold and it packed a flavorful, bright punch. Nice!
As I mentioned earlier, the space at India House is colorful, modern, elegant, warm and comfortable. There are small tables, larger tables and booths from which to choose.
I am so happy that I finally made it to India House. I really enjoyed the great food and wonderful service. I will be back again soon to try more of their interesting menu.
India House is located at 59 W. Grand Ave. It is open every day for lunch and dinner. Click here for more information.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red Line to India House. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!