510 E Il Rte 83, Mundelein, IL | Directions 6006042.238378 -87.996606
Fantastic – I find it hilarious when I read some people reviews on places to eat. Everyone is so nit-picky and all of a sudden become a professional food and service expert. Regardless Karma is fantastic! The atmosphere is very unique and a great place to go for gathering with a few couples or a romatic date. Servers are extremely knowledgeable on the menu and everything is always cooked to perfection.
Simply Delicious – One of my favorite restaurants! I love the food and the service is always extremely friendly!
Interesting Food and Ambience – Went here last week again and the everything was spot on. Food and service was great and this is a perfect place for a date. The menu has recently changed and everything was delicious (we had Duck with a moo shoo crepe and the lemongrass grilled prawns). The lounge also had great complimentary 'bar munchies.' (homemade potato chips) as well as some interesting signature drinks (e.g. tamarind martini) I think the manager is new and seem like things are running smoothly after a brief hiccup.
They've lost it. – Completely dead on a Saturday night. Screaming children in the bar and dining room. We sat at the bar for 15 minutes before being served - and there were only 4 OTHER PEOPLE THERE. Service was absolutely embarrassing - forgotten items, timing was off, and just overall very awkward. Portions tiny but price way high! Won't return.
Pleasant surprise worth the drive – Karma was such a delightful surprise. Really extensive menu with a selection of everything that is great about Asian food, helpful and friendly staff and a unique, theatrical environment. The bar was also amazing with a huge drink list. They have frequent drink specials and everything they serve looks beautiful. Kudos to the chef for perfectly cooked food and excellent timing of our dishes.
Disappointed on a special day – I had been saving this restaurant for a special occasion and am really sorry I did.
Upon arrival we found the outside canopy down and blocking most the close parking spaces. Seating was prompt but the featured waterfall was broken. Most of the patrons were from the hotel participating in the all day buffet.
My dinner (salmon) arrived promptly and was tasty but salty. My date's duck arrived poorly cooked and the second preparation was a very long time coming. It was cooked better but still not up to the standards this place was obviously trying to reach. The waiter had a bit of an attitude and kept referring to my date as "dear". (We're 40) He eventually stopped coming by and was replaced by the manager. He did reappear at the very end with the bill and muttered something about he knew the manager had already apologized several times but he wanted to apologize again. (He had never apologized a first time and this didn't really count.)
The manager had a very nice attitude and managed to recover the evening for us. He even offered to comp my dates Irish coffee. Imagine our surprise when the bill came and they comped the $2 coffee but charged for the Irish portion. At this point we just wanted out of there so we didn't contest it.
I feel there is definite potential here, just VERY poorly executed. Train the wait staff! And if you must perform major renovations while remaining open, at least notify patrons when the reservations are being made.
Dissappointed – Great ambience and food came out quickly. Our waiter was rather inattentive and even seemed to have an attitude. Didn't offer a second round of drinks or more importantly ask how our food was until my partner was finished. I ordered shrimp in a spicy coconut sauce which was neither spicy nor tasted of coconut. Spring rolls were great and the peapods served as you sit down were very tasty. The hostess and others were extremely gracious.
Creative fusion fare draws suburban foodies to this modern, serene room in Mundelein's Crowne Plaza Hotel. – In Short
The Asian-hip dining room is smart and sleek, with eerily lit glass bamboo, a sensuous waterfall wall, geometric light fixtures and a stylized pond in the room's center. The creative Asian menu is laden with intriguing temptations: crisp, pan-fried peppered oysters with caviar; signature Indochine ginger lobster in curry sauce; and Mandarin beef in soy-orange sauce. For dessert, gingerbread ice cream sandwiches with ginger ice cream and caramel sauce is a unique, sweet ending.
waterfalls – very beautiful food. The server, Mike was very attentive. Food came out a a great pace.
Fabulous hidden suburban jewel – What a surprise! This restaurant is so impressive--from the moment you enter the room through dessert, everything was great. Unusual menu with lots of variety; all perfectly prepared. And the setting! Both the bar area and the restaurant are stunning. I couldn't believe that I was in Mundelein. You'd expect to find such a restaurant in Chicago, New York or LA! Bravo to the staff, designer and chef!
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