The Lincoln Park outpost of Hema's Kitchen (there's also one on Devon, of course!) is nothing fancy inside, but the food certainly makes up for it. The menu is is very user-friendly for Indian novices and experts alike. Everything is served a la carte, as is typical at most Indian restaurants.
Our table decided on helpings of Tandoori Chicken and Eggplant with sides of basmati rice and garlic naan bread. Our food arrived quickly and piping hot and I looked on in amazement as we dug in. Our dishes were not too heavy and perfectly spicy. I didn't feel like the dish was drowning in sauce and the consistency paired well atop a bed of basmati rice.
Now, if I'm at an Indian restaurant, you better believe that I'm judging them based upon their naan bread. The garlic and plain versions that we tried at Hema's were doughy and oozing with bursts of fresh garlic flavor.
If you're looking to expand your ethnic food repetoire, head into Hema's and you'll be glad you did. I had heard good things from others who had dined there, and now I know why it's a favorite among ethnic food lovers. Step aside Clark St. sushi joint, you have some new competition!
Hema's Kitchen gets 4 stars for their flavorful dishes and fresh ingredients.
2411 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614