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dickson d | Oct 12, 200311:13 PM     4

When last heard from, your humble correspondent was expresing awe at the profusion of excellent Indian restaurants offering different flavors for every palate, and wondering if, just maybe, we were entering into some sort of golden age of ethnic cuisine where the dark forces of franchise would be driven from our doors.

Too good to be true, indeed.

Since that report, things have taken a turn for the worse. The Northern Indian/Pakistani restaurant, Indus Valley, suddenly closed. The crown jewel of our restaurants, Bharatmela (still sharing space with the Chinese and mediocre but improving, Hunan Inn), has cut back significantly on their lunchtime, weekday, buffet offerings. The fast food Indian place closed and re-opened as Ruchi.
But all is not dark. Cuisine of India has perservered through all of this, and is once again serving probably the best southern Indian in town, with some nice quasi-Chinese touches. Indian Harvest lives on, with their rich, butter-based, almost sweet Indian cuisine (not my taste, really, but pretty well done). Ruchi is beginning to hit its stride, offering a lunch for $3.95, pick two curries, some rice, and some samosas. The selection is limited and varies each day, making this somewhat hit and miss, but it is a fine thing to have. Bharatmela's dinner remains quite good, and they continue to make a facinating array of homemade chutneys whose equal I have not found elsewhere, in variety anyway.

So on balance, it is still pretty good.

Bharatmela/Hunan Inn
8 W Gartner Ave, Suite#116, Naperville, IL 60540
ph:630-357-6245

Cuisine Of India
1255 E Ogden Ave # 131
Naperville, IL 60563
630-548-9442

Indian Harvest
1021v E Ogden Ave
Naperville,IL-60563
Phone:(630) 579 9500

Ruchi Cuisine
417 E Ogden Avenue
Naperville,IL-60563
Phone:630-717-7977

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