Okay, given the number of requests for this post, which I have been threatening to do for some time, I guess I have to go with it. I have been delaying because I wanted to do a good job and visit each one in a week, take notes, and post some good, useful, information which lives up to the standards of this Board. Maybe in the next life. I will just list with "brief" comments, and others can post their opinions in more detail, or I will return to these places as time allows.
Clearly, Indian restaurants are hot in Naperville. I will speculate on the reasons later, but for now, let's enjoy! All of them are pretty good I would say (except I cannot really judge Indus Valley), but if I had to choose, I would go to Bharatmela or Mayurit. It really is a wonderful thing. Actually, you could do the grazing thing, and try them all as 4 of them are on a 1 1/2 mile strip of Ogden (okay, it is probably more like 3 miles from Cuisine to Harvest) - not quite competing with Devon, but a start.
Cuisine of India - The most traditional restaurant. Nothing very unusual here, but they generally do a good job on the standards and the prices are decent. This place has some relationship with the 2 Viceroys up in Villa Park/Lombard, and is not dissimilar in cuisine. They do seem to be experimenting with Indian variations on some Chinese food - spicy chicken stir fry, etc. - which can be good.
Mayurt - The newest entry. This is a tiny place in a strip mall which seats maybe 12 people. Recently sold to the owners of an Indian grocery store and they have started out okay. Seems to be going for a southern Indian cuisine, good prices, and quality seems good. I really liked the old owner, so this has been mildly traumatic, but I am happy. They position it as "Fast Food," and carryout seems like a good idea for the space, but I have not seen much progress in that direction.
Indian Harvest - Tried it twice and was unimpressed. Food seemed overly americanized to me - too light on the seasoning, no good condiments. Tony, however, whose palate I respect quite a bit, has posted a very positive review on this place and I have not been there for a couple of years, so I do need to go back.
Bhartmela/Hunan Inn - A newer entry as well: a chinese restaurant acquired by an Indian family, now being operated as two restaurants under the same roof. Also appears to be more Southern Indian, I think (though I am no expert, and have not consulted my Indian luncheon companion to vet this information, so feel free to correct and educate me). Interesting selection and nice offering of sauces and condiments (love those "pickles") with the lunch buffet. The lunch option to pick from both the complete Indian and Chinese buffets can be fun. Found the menu on the web: http://www.menudirectories.com/Naper/...
Indus Valley Indo-Pak Cuisine - I do not think I have ever gone to this one. My Indian luncheon companion told me it is nothing great, though I sometimes wonder if that is some hidden anti-Paksitani bias. Need to check it out.
No suprise - all these places offer lunch buffets, including Saturdays, I believe. I have also included a link to an interesting listing of Indian restos in Chicagoland that I found.
Sometime soon I will ((try?) post on some specific foods and meals. Meanwhile, anyone with info on any of these spots or others, please post!!
Indus Valley Indo-Pak Cuisine
1163 Ogden Ave, Naperville, IL 60563. (Iroquois Mall)
Tel : (630) 305-7100
Cuisine of India
1255 E Ogden Ave (Ogden Mall)
Phone:(630) 548 9440
W Gartner Rd Ste 116
Naperville , IL 60540
Phone: (630) 357-6240
1021 W Ogden Ave 23
Naperville , IL 60563
Phone: (630) 579-9500
Mayurt Indian Fast-Food
417 E Ogden Ave.