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.
Split Decision – I have been to Star of India twice in the last six months and have had two completely different experiences. The first time was on a Sunday evening in early December. The buffet was stocked quite nicely with most of the Indian staples that one would expect. The food is lightly spiced,( probably a concession to American palates), but was quite good nonetheless. The prices are quite reasonable for the area. The second time that i was there was in late February. This time around, the dining room was dirty, the buffet was a wasteland with only a handful of remaining choices that were cold. Proper holding temperatures were not being maintained on the buffet table. I'm a reasonable person, and thought that maybe they had just come off a busy lunch and needed some time to recover. But despite lingering for an hour hoping that they would bring out a fresh bunch of butter chicken, but it was never to be. Standard India restaurant has the dubious distinction of being the only buffet that i've ever walked away from still hungry. So I'm really conflicted as to whether I'd go back. I realize that even the best places have off days, and it could've just been a fluke. So based on my first experience, I'd say I'll give it another shot.
Delicious! Vegetarian friendly! – This is one of my favorite restaurants! The buffet is full of delicious Indian favorites--many are vegetarian. The service is kind. The prices are great! No-frills atmosphere, but I find this to be part of its appeal...
Best Indian Food I have had in Chicago – I love Standard India! I have tried a lot of other Lakeview indian restaurants including Raj Dabar, Star of India, and Indian Grill - I think Standard India has the best food - and is the cheapest! They are also very veggie friendly and have at least 6 all Veg entrees in their buffet at all times. They also have 2 meat dishes each time (they rotate), and great appetizers (samosas, pakoras, chicken tikki, and nan) and dessert (rice pudding and fried cheeseballs). They only room for improvement they have is in the ambience of the restaurant itself - it resembles kind of a hole in the wall place, spare decoration ect. They are conveniently located right next to the belmont El.
For cheap Indian food in Lakeview, it's hard to beat the buffet at this friendly spot near the Belmont El. – In Short
The decor is no-frills, but the budget chow's the draw anyway. The buffet is by far the best deal here; it's loaded with classics like samosas, pakoras (vegetable fritters), tandoori chicken, spicy lamb vindaloo and mutter paneer (homemade cheese and peas). Other menu options include rice specialties like lamb, chicken or shrimp biryani (fried rice with nuts, egg and green onions) and breads stuffed with onions, potatoes or lamb.
Good food, cheap buffet – I really love the lunch buffet here--everything is served hot and the flavors are bold. The atmosphere isn't much to talk about, but it's comfortable. Service is prompt and gracious. It's one of my favorite lunch spots in the neighborhood.
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