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Posted by Shriley on 09/13/2011
We went to the Devon location and were a party of 8. We waited nearly an hour before the appetizers were sent. We were hungry (friday night) and tired of waiting. The main dishes started arriving before the appetizers came. It was quite a disaster. The food was great, but some dishes could use more meat that just the gravy. I wouldn't go back there - just not worth the WAIT.
Posted by Holly on 11/21/2010
Looking for take-out, the restaurant was almost full and so decided this would be a good choice. While the price for rice and breads is reasonable, the meat dishes contain hardly any meat, six or seven cubes, the rest is sauce. If you are hungry would not recommend.
Posted by Stan on 01/30/2008
I just tried Hema's for the first time. I was pleased with the quality of the food, and the overall taste. Had an appetizer, a couple of entrees and some naan. The ambiance is basic, but good enough. The service itself was fairly minimal, as the server barely acknowledged us, and simply took the order and delivered the food, without ever uttering a word, or even checking to see if everything was ok. I was displeased with the size of one of the entrees. For $12, we got a tiny stainless steel dish that could have held maybe 3-4 tablespoons of chicken. While the food is delicious, a couple of the portion sizes are on the stingy side.
Posted by local resident on 11/17/2007
We live in the area, eat out a lot, and have found that Hema's food is consistently excellent. In our opinion, this is the best Indian food in Chicago. The dishes are delicately, but evenly spiced. The Samosa's are crispy and yummy with a capital "Y". On the downside, the Naan Bread, while delicious, is not cooked in the traditional Tandori oven from what we could tell (could be wrong here though). Our favorites are the Murg (Chicken) Makhani and the Choosa Tiki Masala, two dishes that will blow your gustatory mind and cause you to sop up all the sauce you can... This is an absolutely delightful restaurant that we have been to and "ordered in" from over and over. If your favorite restaurant is something like Applebee's or TGI Fridays this place is not for you....but if you are a true "foodie" you just found a real gem. Bring your friends and your favorite brew or wine and prepare to be completely satisfied.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/31/2007
Hema's is great. It's one of my absolute favorite restaurants. I frequently order delivery and I've been to the restaurant on several occasions, too. The food is superb! The hot dishes (like the vindaloo) are REALLY hot, but have so much flavor -- not just heat. My favorite dishes are the Keema Samosa (excellent flaky crusty, spicy lamb inside), Dal Palak (hands down the best and most unique dal I've ever had), Lamb Vindaloo, and Chana Murg. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed! Not sure what the reviewer meant who said the food is bland and portions are small. The food is very well seasoned. The portions are plenty for me, and I'm a hearty eater. The service in the restaurant is adequate, but not outstanding by any means. Delivery is usually pretty fast.
Posted by May May on 10/15/2007
The Service Staff was rude and did NOT communicate well with the customers. The prices are not worth what you get. I ordered 2 main entrees, appetizers and a rice dish. And my husband was still hungry after his meal. The portion are extremely tiny and the food is bland. Definitely not a good value. The only positive was the naan bread is delicious. I will not be going back, there are way too many other Indian restaraunts to choose from in Chicago w/heartier protions for the same or less price.
Posted by nonesuch on 08/11/2007
Ordered delivery, so the service and atmosphere are a guess here. The vindaloo is terrific. Warning, it's pretty hot - and we like hot food. This is the kind of heat that sneaks up on you and lingers a while. Be sure to order some naan or rice to pick up the heat. Also try the spinach & yellow lentils. Very unusual. Very good. The naan... very tasty, but a little thick to my liking. More like a pita than other naans I've tried. I prefer it a little thinner; makes it easier to pick up food. The food is very good and I can say substantially different from a lot of other indian restaurants we've tried.