Chicago >Food & Dining > Standard India Restaurant
917 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6065741.939853 -87.652279
Mon-Thurs 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Fri-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm
Neighborhoods: Lakeview, North Side
Good traditional indian food - tin plates and all - in the heart of Lakeview.
Cant wait to go back! – I am amazed and continue to be impressed by this place within the few times I have been here.
I have grown up in India so I become very snobbish around Indian restaurants in the US. This restaurant is the only one that blew away many (unfortunately many) that I tried during my years in the States.
They have an amazing selection and variety of dishes and I love that I can have all of them together. I got their Pick 5 thali and it was more food than they advertised. Im glad that I did not go for the buffet as that would be overkill for me. No offense to SIR but I am not a buffet person. My waistline would kill me!
I tried dishes that I remember eating back home but no restaurant has these - not sure why??! I loved the lamb vindaloo, chicken saag, malai kofta, khadhi soup and the aloo naan.
Its a very familiar feel to me like back home, so cant wait to go back!
insult to indian food – My first words-INSULT TO THE INDIAN CUISINE AND TASTE AN QUANTITY AN QUALITY.
Am surprised to see so many Americans,rating this place wid a 5 star.
I am an Indian,an yes,no where in Chicago,do you actually find authentic indian taste in the restaurants,but this restaurant is the most PATHETIC one amongst all of them.
I will be totally non forgiving an frank in this review,because never was I so MOTIVATED to write down a review as much as today.
Firstly- as i entered the place,i could see so many americans in the place,even the waiters were actually "foreigners" and not indians,who had actually NO clue about the "special" THALI served there.
A "THALI" is an authentic indian plate,that includes a minimum of 8-10 different indian dishes of different types.even back home in India,there are almost 20 differnt varieties of THALIS wid every region or taste which all include -SO MANY varities of items in it.
we ordered a vegetarian thali,an the white guy came wid a small cup(HONESLTLY,I HAVENT EVEN SEEN SUCH SMALL CUPS EVEN BACK HOME IN INDIA)
IT WAS SOOOO SMALL,THAT U COULDNT EVEN PUT 3 FINGERS IN.
back home we have biggggger cups even for a small dish.
the guy called it chick pea wid yogurt( WHICH IS BASICALLY A DISH CALLED AS"KADHI" )
Ask any INDIAN,AN he will never return to that place,cause,this kadhi sucked so bad!!!,it wasnt evern properly cooked,(i know it cuz i cook myself)
anyways,next came the thali-(the size of the utensil(actually the utensil itself is called thali back in India,but in restaurants,the thali is symbolic for a WHOLESOME food dish)
the thali included 1 naan,1 big cup of rice,an 2 smmmallll cups of paneer(spinach panner) and something else,i dont know what it was.
yes,the taste was ,il rate it 2,but the quantity??????rippofff mannn!!!!
i mean you couldnt even finish the naan,wid thequantity of the curry given,cuz it was finished evern before half of the naan i ate.
the very essence of a THALI is a wholesome experience of food,wid a variety of platter of dishes,an in enough quantity.
there people give a maximum 5 items,wid really funny names patel nagar???tilak nagar??serioulsyy???? an then any add on is charged!!!
hilarious an a rip off!!!at the same time for an indian.
an then in the end,they gave a glass which was like 1/4th filled wid mango juice
an they call it indian gratitude???HAHAHAHAHAHA
we Indians back home make the people who come to our houses have so much in excess,that they neevr get an oppurtunity to complain,an here at this place,such sickening little quanities is GRATITUDE???HAHAHAHAH
in the end,id really telll ALLLL AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO VISIT THIS PLACE.
THIS THALLI OR WHATEVER THEY CALL IT BACK HERE,IS NOT WORTH
100 rs(INDIAN CURRENCY) bach home,which is like 2-3$ if converted,
if you wish to keep getting fooled here,to spend so muchin excess for SUB-SUBSTANDARD INDIAN FOOD,then go there.
all i can say for this place,a parting plus point is-the manager,is nice an humble,but i see him as a shrewd businessman,who knows how to earn money.
Forget Devon Avenue... – Being a native of India and having eaten it all of my life, I would say that Standard India cannot compare with my mom's cooking (no one can :) but they come so darn close that I was eating in my mother's kitchen. It made me nostalgic.
As one can imagine, I am very picky about Indian food and usually Indian restaurants tend to forget the freshness that is highly critical in bringing out the herbs and spices. Having said this, I have tried just about every Indian restaurant on Devon and in the suburbs. I believe I could have found a better venue for my department's dinner meeting last week.
A group of us (including some of my fellow medical practitioners) booked a large party here last weekend and were utterly surprised by the food quality and the service. The staff members were bending over backwards it seemed to accommodate all of us. They did it with such a smile even with the place being packed as it was. The host or owner (?) came over a few times personally to speak with us. It was refreshing.
As for the food, they did a great job of making me nostalgic with their samosas and rice kheer. It was very similar to how my grandmother used to make it when we would visit India growing up. We also got the tandoori chicken, muttar paneer, chana masala and other delicious dishes. Everything was perfectly spiced. One could say that it is apparent right away that they use fresh ingredients.
Being a connoisseur, it definitely blew away most of the restaurants on Devon.
Delish! Delish! – Hospitality: 5
The food and service - great. Loved every thing the buffet had to offer. I really don't care for vegan items but found some cool dishes I tried for the first time. I loved the meat items - especially lamb vindaloo!
It is now my favorite spot in the city by far!
Best Indian Food in Chicago Ive Had! – We have just about tried most in the suburbs, including India House, etc and others close to us.
Tried Standard India for the first time and absolutely fell in love with it! They were customer service oriented, classy, you always saw the gracious owners and fell in love with the food!
I will have to just visit them often and make our weekly trip to this place!
wonderful hospitality, must experience! – I went here with my brothers and sisters who were visiting me from out of town.
We were just expecting a quick, hangover-recovery buffet. However, as soon as we walked in we were welcomed warmly and treated like old friends.
They brought dish after dish of unique family recipes to our table, many of which i was familiar with, but each had a little something special to it.
I'm really glad my we stumbled upon this wonderful place; it won't be the last time I bring friends here.
Awesome Awesome Awesome – Standard India Restaurant is a down to earth, genuinely friendly place to go if you love Indian food and great service at a very affordable price.
I went to this place after a long time and the place rocked. We went with a diverse crew, with discerning tastes and the buffet selections were awesome. They had the most popular dishes and they all tasted great. Tandoori chicken was moist and delicious. The saag paneer was to die for. The gulab jamun are still giving me a sugar high – they were so awesome.
The buffet is replenished quickly – they never have stuff sitting out, unlike other Indian restaurants that we have been too. For example, we mentioned that the samosas were running low, and BAM!!!, within a few minutes, the servers brought out piping hot fresh samosas directly to our table – they didn’t want us to get up and be inconvenienced. We also mentioned that we wanted a killer spicy sauce to accompany our food – guess what – they went back – told the chef to create a special killer sauce and brought it to our table – no charge. That’s what I call phenomenal service.
Did I also mention FREE Parking!!! Standard India Restaurant just started doing this. People used to casually park behind the restaurant; however, Standard India Restaurant has officially started paying the city to have use of the lot so that all their customers can park there. Since I sometimes drive in, I no longer have to worry about finding a parking spot – which is a HUGE bonus – plus, shhhhhhhhhh, after eating at Standard India Restaurant, I can always go check out a couple of lounges in the neighborhood and leave my car in the parking lot – little to no monitoring – but word of caution, after 12:00 am, the city starts towing from their lot.
Another thing – these guys are – BYOB. Yes, that’s right, you got it – bring your own. We went to the 1000 liquors store nearby and brought a bucket of international beers and brought them to Standard India Restaurant and figured out which ales went best with what.
Oh, this is what I thought was pretty cool. Standard India Restaurant is now supporting the local art scene. Very very cool. Being an artist myself, I am tired of the corporate world benefiting. I spoke to the owners and they said that all proceeds from the sale of the artwork went directly to the artist. Now that is what I call nice. Here is another thing – these cats know what they are doing. I even started to notice that their sauce cups are biodegradable. They told us that they are going green and that over the net few months, we will start noticing change on how they will be helping the environment. Once again – very cool.
Just one problem - if you go on Fridays or Saturday evenings, be prepared to wait for a little bit, especially if your crew is huge - because the place is packed. I recommend going on more mellow evenings, like during the week.
Best Indian Buffet in Chicago – I would ALWAYS go to Standard India restaurant when I still lived in Chicago. I relocated to Philadelphia almost 5 years ago, but, miss my hometown restaurants. Here, it's a GREAT DEAL for the lunch and dinner buffet. I would have to eat lightly before going to Standard. I love the buffet, because there's a good variety and is sure to please the novice or experienced diner. Wonderful Vegetarian soup, Samosas, Tandoori Chicken, Saag Paneer, Chicken Tikka Masala, to name a few of the dishes. Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly. I shall be back when I next visit Chicago.
Wonderful buffet! – I have been there several times for the lunch buffet on the weekends and it is always delicious! There are options for everyone, including vegans and vegetarians. The price is right and the food is plenty! Definitely worth a try :-)
Your blunder, – Please refer to the review of Sabrina Doll on 3/18/2008 about Standard India Restaurant ( Mine) while Ms. Doll is explaining her awful experience for eating twice at STAR OF INDIA (My Competitor ) and instead of putting that to the respective restauranr ( STAR OF INDIA) you put in STANDARD INDIA RESTAURANT, I do request you to do the correction, and not hurt me for your mistake,
I hope you have the business ethics, and correct at asap as it is hurting my business
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