Make all the fun you want of Schaumburg, because I know I have and will continue to do so, but if you take the time to look past the massive shopping complexes, the dearth of chain restaurants and the Great Satan of Furniture in the blue and yellow building whose name shall not be spoken, there are a surprising number of reasonable ethnic restaurants in this big ugly town.
Driving down Golf Road between Rt 59 and Meacham, we spotted at least three Thai places, two Japanese restaurants, multiple Chinese, two Indo-Pak groceries, several taquerias and a surprising new looking Chaat House whose name I didnt get. This was in a short stretch of road, in suburban terms anyway. So if you find yourself in this much maligned town on business or with your significant other on a shopping gauntlet and dont want to eat at a place that can afford TV time, just do a little research before you leave home. And again, as always, just because the restaurant is there and it serves ethnic food is no guarantee it will be good.
We went to Sizzle India on Friday night. The place is pretty nice inside with handsome dark brown wood molding. Unfortunately there is still a funky acoustic tile ceiling. It was not especially crowded for a Friday and we were the only gringos in there. We were almost ready to order a vegetarian thali platter and a lamb dish but we backed down and decided to try the buffet instead after taking a look. For soup we tried the Rasam, which was very good with a serious dose of chilies and tamarind. Well seasoned, plenty of vegetables, a nice soup. The other offering was egg drop. Whole deep fried chilies in batter were a little disappointing in that they were not very fresh and the batter was limp by the time we got to them. Other appetizer-like offerings included egg rolls, an excellent garbanzo bean salad with onions, cilantro, tomatoes and the like and a mixed salad. Sauces included light green ginger chutney, a thick dark brown chunky sauce that reminded me of bagoong(sp?) the anchovy spread used in Filipino cooking, a spicy red chili and ginger chutney and a thin tangy yogurt.
For vegetable and meat dishes there was a good variety with the Indian dishes far outweighing the Indo-Chinese. The spicy fried cauliflower in a brown Chinese style sauce was an excellent way to disguise this skinless chicken breast of vegetables. The baby okra cooked with peanuts and coated with crunchy lentils bits (Bhendi Fry or Bendakai Vepudu according to menu) was also delicious and slime free. Lamb rogan josh was a decent rendition of the dish and seemingly boneless. We also had some fried potatoes Andhra style and another dish of mixed veg in a spinach gravy with pleny of curry leaves. The tandoori chicken and naan were more than acceptable. There were a few more veg dishes, some large chunks of Chinese breaded and fried chicken in a spicy red sauce, and a strange looking Egg Curry.
For dessert, fresh fruit, Halwa with golden rasisins and a sweet yellow liquid with long strands of something. I wish I knew what this was and felt like dork eating it as a dessert soup. Oh well, not the first time. A nice place, the servers were very attentive and the price of 9.95 for the buffet was quite reasonable.
1941 E Algonquin Rd