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Bharatmela/Hunan Inn, Naperville - tasty S. Indian

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Bharatmela/Hunan Inn, Naperville - tasty S. Indian

zim | Apr 6, 2003 12:47 PM

Yesterday we happened to go out ot far away naperville and decided to stop in and try Bharatmela/Hunan Inn that I had asked about a little while ago.

As explained in that thread this place is like two restaurants under one roof, one side chinese one side Indian.

Unfortunately at lunch on Sundays when they buffet is on, you can not order off the Indian menu you can only eat off the buffet, so I was unable to try some of the items I had asked about such as the Mirchi ka salan or the Andhra Fish Fry. Fortunately, there were some interesting items on the Indian buffet that you normally would not see around town (with the possible exception of sizzle india). As the menu sorta indicates this is an Andhra place and the more interesting items on the buffet were S. indian. There were tandoori chicken pieces and chicken tikka but also an Andhra Chicken roast with bone in and large slices of chiles and curry leaves roasted alongside it that was much more flavorful. There was something labeled as Donakai fry, which I think are the beans you see sometimes in Indian stores labeled as guwar beans. This was actually the favorite of all the adults at the table (including my mom and dad) The long somewhat stringy beans were fried until crisp and then sauteeed with some onions and other greens and quite a bit of spices. In fact the spicing in general was much more robust than you normally see on such buffets, and it was a good thing that the kids could get stuff off the chinese buffet as almost everything on the indian side would have been too spicy for them - I really enjoyed it. Also of note the sambhar was excellent, the idli were fluffy and light, and coming out fresh, unlike what you often see on devon when they are often premade and just not very tasty. For desert on the indian side was another interesting item - poornapoli, which are little fritters stuffed with halvah and a little dal and then deep-fried, sorta like the chinese sesame/red bean balls you see, I enjoyed these quite a bit with my madras coffee. My daughter just hollowed each one out for the halvah inside.

If naperville weren't so far away from me, I would be back often to try some of the items on the regular menu. On the way out I spied a catering menu with way more interesting unseen items around town.

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