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  • Post #31 - February 3rd, 2019, 8:17 am
    Post #31 - February 3rd, 2019, 8:17 am Post #31 - February 3rd, 2019, 8:17 am
    Dodger -
    If you start getting "the craving," and you go back, or go to another Indian joint:
    If you don't have a device that can get to the web without wifi - take a picture of the labels, or take notes on the names of dishes, and look them up later. In general, most Indian Buffets will have some "standard*" dishes, and you'll start recognizing the names, and words. If you enjoy the food, and go a few more times, no doubt, you'll see what I mean.

    *Google is everyone's friend. Here's the first result after typing the words "Standard dishes on an Indian Buffet" into a google search:
    https://firstwefeast.com/eat/2014/03/essential-guide-to-indian-buffets

    I haven't even read the full article yet, but when I got down to butter chicken, I can tell you that it's a good starter read.

    One of the things I LOVE about 7SP, is that it's almost a guarantee there's gonna be at least one thing I've never heard of before. (They could probably just make some kinda of curry dish and make up a name, and be laughing at everyone, of course.)

    Also, you'll have to get a very special server to take some time to help you with a buffet. Consider yourself lucky if you do. Hell, I've even called 7sp before going a few times, and asked them specifically what's on the buffet that day. Both times, the person on the other end just started naming a few random dishes and using the word "like" a lot.
    "The buffet is like butter chicken, paneer makhni, like aloo gobi, and like pakoras." Neither time, anything they listed was on the buffet.
    Good Luck! If you do get the craving, enjoy! Indian food is freekin fantastic, imo. But then again, I'm a pig.
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  • Post #32 - February 3rd, 2019, 10:04 am
    Post #32 - February 3rd, 2019, 10:04 am Post #32 - February 3rd, 2019, 10:04 am
    Seebee--thanks for the web page, I'm going through it, may print it out (4 up). It is HUGE and very slow on my 12gb 4 core desktop, so I won't even attempt it on my phone.

    Dodger (or especially any other newbies)--If you can get town to 4800 north in Chicago on Feb 23, there will be a wonderful talk on Indian food and opportunity to ask whatever questions you may have, at the Culinary Historians meeting.

    https://culinaryhistorians.com/
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #33 - February 4th, 2019, 3:37 pm
    Post #33 - February 4th, 2019, 3:37 pm Post #33 - February 4th, 2019, 3:37 pm
    Don't print it -save a tree. Maybe copy/paste some of the names into a txt file or something, and keep a running tab you can access on your phone. Also, there's gotta be many other sites that have nearly the same exact info, and possibly in a better format for you. Just do a search.

    I tried to use my search-fu for a previous thread that had a list of standard-ish foods at Indian Restaurants for ya, but my patience is not the greatest today. Skipped my morning cuppa joe, and got talked into paying $11.00 for a $5.00 chicken meal for lunch at some place called "Clucker's" in Highland Park. Their house sauce was absolutely vile. Tasted like melted pecan pie (which, doesn't sound too bad for dessert,) but there's no way I'm dipping chicken in high fructose corn syrup. It was sweeter than sugar. </heebiejeebies>
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #34 - June 14th, 2019, 4:23 pm
    Post #34 - June 14th, 2019, 4:23 pm Post #34 - June 14th, 2019, 4:23 pm
    Several (buffet) visits later, I’m officially a fan. The variety is truly amazing — every visit, at least half of the dishes on offer have been different than before (I’m looking at you, Tava). Lots of relatively uncommon stuff like beetroot poriyal, curd rice, etc. Also, usually at least two desserts, and not crappy gulab jamun, either (Tava, is this getting through, at all?) AYCE double ka meetha, are you effing kidding me? Respectable kulfi, too. I don’t think a dosa is included anymore, but you won’t need it.

    NB: I’ve only been to the weekend buffet, which I’m guessing features more options than the weekday one. Also, CLOSED MONDAYS.
  • Post #35 - June 14th, 2019, 7:04 pm
    Post #35 - June 14th, 2019, 7:04 pm Post #35 - June 14th, 2019, 7:04 pm
    Reminds me -
    We 7 Spiced last week, Wednesday, I believe - but maybe Thursday. On offer was a fried fish that was spectacular. It was, of course, the dreaded tilapia. I forgot the name, but might as well just call it Fish 65 - red batter, NICELY hot. It was one of those days where they were heavy handed with the chilies, so everything was popping. Anyway, the fish didn't have any muddiness, and it was pretty sizzlin hot, and not a salt bomb. I ate my money's worth and then some. You know you're an lth'er when you top your plate of goat curry with spicy fried fish nuggets to add a texture contrast, and scoop/pinch it up with a dosa.

    Dosas were included with the weekday buffet, as usual.
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  • Post #36 - June 15th, 2019, 6:50 am
    Post #36 - June 15th, 2019, 6:50 am Post #36 - June 15th, 2019, 6:50 am
    Seebee--

    I see you raved about Rivaj as well as 7 spices. If you made an A:B comparison of the two I missed it, could you point me to the comparison, or make one now? I've enjoyed both a few months apart, but I am an ignoramus to the finer points of south Aasian food, as well has have a poor memory, so I'd have to visit them back-to-back to make any absolute comparison. As well as multiple visits to Rivaj (been to 7 spices multiple times) see how much variety there is over time.

    --Carey
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #37 - June 15th, 2019, 8:37 am
    Post #37 - June 15th, 2019, 8:37 am Post #37 - June 15th, 2019, 8:37 am
    Well, I really like both, and in general, I've grown to think they are equally fantastic. I'd seriously not be surprised one bit if they have a few of the same people working in the kitchens because of specific characteristics of a few dishes, especially the tandoori chicken. IMO, 7sp tandoori chicken seems to always have a more pasty spice coating, and is never really charred, whereas Rivaj's is usually nicely charred, pretty damn spicy, and less spice paste coated. I HAVE, however, on two counts, experienced tandoori chicken at Rivaj that was a dead ringer for what I always seems to get at 7sp. It might seem totally coincidental, sure, but for as many times as I've been to each, the heat levels, uniqueness of dishes, the chutney offerings, and that tandoori chicken similarity - I just wouldn't be surprised at ALL if there were a few ppl that work at both restaurants.

    In general from my visits:

    Rivaj's food tends to have more heat across the board, and their tandoori chicken is better - more of a dry spice, and well charred bird parts. (but again, note, that I've had a pastier, wetter, version here on a few visits.)

    Unique offerings - the edge might go to 7sp in general, but in the past few months, the edge is VERY slight. Rivaj's buffet has grown by 4-6 dishes, AND they definitely have broadened those few dishes.

    I definitely REALLY like both. A few months ago, I would have said 7sp is better, but today? I'd say it's a toss up which might surprise everyone who likes 7sp, but has not been to Rivaj. IMO, since the offerings are different at both places each day, you'd have to make multiple visits to gather your own findings. In general, however, across multiple visits, Rivaj tends to have more heat, and better tandoori chicken. When either are ON, they are definitely ON, though. I'm usually QUITE happy to visit either.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #38 - June 15th, 2019, 2:11 pm
    Post #38 - June 15th, 2019, 2:11 pm Post #38 - June 15th, 2019, 2:11 pm
    In thinking about this place, I kinda have the feeling that it's pretty special compared to pretty much any other Indian buffet I've been to. Can anyone give a comparison to Himalayan? 7Sp (and Rivaj, for that matter,) are definitely not "Ho-Hum" Indian Buffets with tired standards.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #39 - June 15th, 2019, 11:20 pm
    Post #39 - June 15th, 2019, 11:20 pm Post #39 - June 15th, 2019, 11:20 pm
    seebee wrote:In thinking about this place, I kinda have the feeling that it's pretty special compared to pretty much any other Indian buffet I've been to. Can anyone give a comparison to Himalayan? 7Sp (and Rivaj, for that matter,) are definitely not "Ho-Hum" Indian Buffets with tired standards.


    Himalayan is northern India and Nepal. No momos/dumplings at 7 Spice, or any of the other yummy Nepalese dishes from Himalayan, while 7Spice has lots of southern specialties, and you're more likely to run into coconut chutney and idli. That said, Ayurvedic influence means flavors all across India have some similarity. But I'd say quality is similar.
    "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

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  • Post #40 - July 30th, 2019, 11:42 am
    Post #40 - July 30th, 2019, 11:42 am Post #40 - July 30th, 2019, 11:42 am
    dodger wrote:I wished they had WiFi, then I could look things up.

    There is xfinitywifi here now. I will try to post some pics later
  • Post #41 - July 31st, 2019, 7:09 am
    Post #41 - July 31st, 2019, 7:09 am Post #41 - July 31st, 2019, 7:09 am
    The cashier told me that the popular items in their restaurant are the dosas and the biryani.

    I had the Indian lunch buffet (dine in) and also ordered one lunch buffet to go. For lunch buffet to go, they give you one large styrofoam container and two small round containers. The downside of taking the buffet to go is that you don't get the dosa that comes with the lunch buffet.

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    Here are some of the items that were on the lunch buffet:

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    potato fry and rava kesari
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    There were many other dishes on the lunch buffet. There were two types of biryani offered on the buffet: Vegetable Biryani and a Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Birani. My son's favorite dish on the buffet was the Drums of Heaven. I can't find that dish on their online menu. I would describe it as chicken drums in a zesty tomato based sauce. I saw some items that I had never seen at other Indian buffets (e.g. papad, curd rice, rava kesari, gobi manchurian, and spinach wada). I looked at the buffet tab of their online menu. It looks like they offer a dinner buffet. Normally an Indian buffet has several dessert offerings. The only dessert offered was the rava kesari. The interior of the restaurant was not as fancy as Clay Oven Tandoor in Long Grove. How does this restaurant compare to Madras Kafe just down the street? I am not exactly sure since I am not an expert on Indian food.
  • Post #42 - September 12th, 2019, 8:35 pm
    Post #42 - September 12th, 2019, 8:35 pm Post #42 - September 12th, 2019, 8:35 pm
    Looks like 7 Spices in Vernon Hills has closed. Friend saw windows papered over, and Yelp reports it permanently closed.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #43 - September 15th, 2019, 4:03 pm
    Post #43 - September 15th, 2019, 4:03 pm Post #43 - September 15th, 2019, 4:03 pm
    Katie wrote:Looks like 7 Spices in Vernon Hills has closed. Friend saw windows papered over, and Yelp reports it permanently closed.

    This very sucks. Between this and Tea Leaf Garden, not a great couple of weeks for the cilantro household.
  • Post #44 - September 15th, 2019, 5:39 pm
    Post #44 - September 15th, 2019, 5:39 pm Post #44 - September 15th, 2019, 5:39 pm
    Yeah, doesn't it? Best Indian food around here.

    With all the love 7 Spices was getting on LTH a little while ago, I really expected more of a reaction.

    Maybe it was just a rent thing (Toys R Us and Petco have recently shut down in the same strip, and maybe the landlord has other plans for those spaces in the future). I wonder if 7 Spices will pop up somewhere else nearby. I'll keep my ear to the ground. If anyone has any info about where they might relocate, I'd love to hear it.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #45 - September 16th, 2019, 8:44 am
    Post #45 - September 16th, 2019, 8:44 am Post #45 - September 16th, 2019, 8:44 am
    If this is TMI, moderator please delete. The 7 Spices facebook page has a notice closed as of Sep 1. I asked and got a prompt response that they are not reopening elsewhere. I tried to post the url for the closed message, but I don't know how to make it display inline (you can click on the url, you need to zoom out or scroll right to see the closed message):

    https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5E3B6306
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #46 - September 16th, 2019, 1:12 pm
    Post #46 - September 16th, 2019, 1:12 pm Post #46 - September 16th, 2019, 1:12 pm
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo!

    7SP was truly a gem.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #47 - September 16th, 2019, 6:12 pm
    Post #47 - September 16th, 2019, 6:12 pm Post #47 - September 16th, 2019, 6:12 pm
    Katie wrote:Maybe it was just a rent thing (Toys R Us and Petco have recently shut down in the same strip, and maybe the landlord has other plans for those spaces in the future). I wonder if 7 Spices will pop up somewhere else nearby. I'll keep my ear to the ground. If anyone has any info about where they might relocate, I'd love to hear it.


    I've lost a few favorite places to "other plans." Chaihana -- Uzbek in Buffalo Grove, closed because the city wanted to do something with the mall (though it now just sits forlornly empty) and Sunshine Indian Grocery in Wheeling (owner told me the city wants to tear down the old building where they were renting, and hopes to build a new strip mall built).

    Don't know if that is what happened with 7 Spice, but "other plans" does seem to have a negative impact on surprisingly successful places.
    "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." Ronald Reagan

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  • Post #48 - September 17th, 2019, 11:16 am
    Post #48 - September 17th, 2019, 11:16 am Post #48 - September 17th, 2019, 11:16 am
    I hope Rivaj can scratch the itch for those otherwise craving 7 Spices. Rivaj is literally walking distance from my home and so I hope to see it thrive! It deserves the love!
  • Post #49 - September 27th, 2019, 9:42 am
    Post #49 - September 27th, 2019, 9:42 am Post #49 - September 27th, 2019, 9:42 am
    Bawarchi Biryanis has taken over the space and is now open.

    They will start offering thali dishes next week.
    Last edited by shorty on September 27th, 2019, 10:58 am, edited 2 times in total.
  • Post #50 - September 27th, 2019, 9:44 am
    Post #50 - September 27th, 2019, 9:44 am Post #50 - September 27th, 2019, 9:44 am
    shorty wrote:Bawarchi Biryanis has taken over the space and is now open.

    Is there any connection with the previous owner?

    The sudden closing and reopening is interesting.

    Maybe just a shift in ownership without much change in the kitchen?
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #51 - September 27th, 2019, 9:53 am
    Post #51 - September 27th, 2019, 9:53 am Post #51 - September 27th, 2019, 9:53 am
    Worth a shot. I'll try to get down there in the next few days to gather some intel.
  • Post #52 - September 27th, 2019, 10:27 am
    Post #52 - September 27th, 2019, 10:27 am Post #52 - September 27th, 2019, 10:27 am
    I'll try to get there next week.
    Thanks for the intel!
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #53 - September 27th, 2019, 10:57 am
    Post #53 - September 27th, 2019, 10:57 am Post #53 - September 27th, 2019, 10:57 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:
    shorty wrote:Bawarchi Biryanis has taken over the space and is now open.

    Is there any connection with the previous owner?

    The sudden closing and reopening is interesting.

    Maybe just a shift in ownership without much change in the kitchen?

    Unfortunately there is no lunch buffet offered.
  • Post #54 - October 1st, 2019, 10:59 am
    Post #54 - October 1st, 2019, 10:59 am Post #54 - October 1st, 2019, 10:59 am
    shorty wrote:Bawarchi Biryanis has taken over the space and is now open.

    They will start offering thali dishes next week.

    I wonder if it’s related to the location in Schaumburg. http://www.bawarchischaumburg.com
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  • Post #55 - October 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
    Post #55 - October 1st, 2019, 11:09 am Post #55 - October 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    shorty wrote:Bawarchi Biryanis has taken over the space and is now open.

    They will start offering thali dishes next week.

    I wonder if it’s related to the location in Schaumburg. http://www.bawarchischaumburg.com

    It seems to be a large chain, with locations in over 20 states as well as Canada.

    https://bawarchibiryanis.com/Locations
  • Post #56 - October 1st, 2019, 3:36 pm
    Post #56 - October 1st, 2019, 3:36 pm Post #56 - October 1st, 2019, 3:36 pm
    Also an excellent way to learn state nicknames!
  • Post #57 - October 4th, 2019, 7:22 am
    Post #57 - October 4th, 2019, 7:22 am Post #57 - October 4th, 2019, 7:22 am
    Tried out Bawarchi Biryanis last night. It might be a chain that's in 20 states, but it sure seemed like 7 Spices to me. I only tried goat biryani (one of four goat biryanis on the huge menu!) and an order of samosas, and both were excellent, vibrantly-spiced and very reminiscent of the quality & prep at 7 Spices. I suspect they kept the same cooks?

    I had the Goat Dum Biryani, which I think was the 'normal' one, but there were also Avakai Biryani Goat, Gongura Biryani Goat, and Ulavacharu Biryani Goat. I was asking the owner about the differences--and some of this was getting lost in translation--but he said one was with mango, and another (I believe the ulavacharu) with 'horse gram', which apparently is a wonder legume, but I remember when I had a dish at 7 Spices with horse gram it tasted a little like...dirt. FYI, consumer beware with anything goat that one has to watch for sharp hidden bones that could crack a bicuspid at any time.

    At 7:00 there were only 3 parties dining in, but there were at least 4 carry-out orders, so this place might have some legs. I'm encouraged.
    Last edited by jnm123 on October 4th, 2019, 7:52 am, edited 3 times in total.
  • Post #58 - October 4th, 2019, 7:54 am
    Post #58 - October 4th, 2019, 7:54 am Post #58 - October 4th, 2019, 7:54 am
    Dave148 wrote:
    shorty wrote:Bawarchi Biryanis has taken over the space and is now open.

    They will start offering thali dishes next week.

    I wonder if it’s related to the location in Schaumburg. http://www.bawarchischaumburg.com


    Dave--

    Menu has the same logo, so I imagine they're related.
  • Post #59 - October 4th, 2019, 2:19 pm
    Post #59 - October 4th, 2019, 2:19 pm Post #59 - October 4th, 2019, 2:19 pm
    jnm123 wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    shorty wrote:Bawarchi Biryanis has taken over the space and is now open.

    They will start offering thali dishes next week.

    I wonder if it’s related to the location in Schaumburg. http://www.bawarchischaumburg.com


    Dave--

    Menu has the same logo, so I imagine they're related.

    It is a chain with some variations in the menu between the different locations (I asked).
  • Post #60 - October 4th, 2019, 2:27 pm
    Post #60 - October 4th, 2019, 2:27 pm Post #60 - October 4th, 2019, 2:27 pm
    Hi all,

    There's a new Bawarchi Biryanis thread here. Let's move all discussion of Bawarchi Biryanis over there, ok?

    Thanks,

    =R=
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