Sunday, June 28, 2009

Indian Garden

I am extremely fortunate that near my work is the most amazing Indian restaurant ever. Indian Garden serves a delicious lunch buffet Monday-Friday, and it is a popular destination for staff lunches.

First, the waiters bring a steaming plate of tandoori chicken.

This is followed by a basket of naan. This is flat bread baked on the wall of the tandoori oven. I could eat the entire basket!

Indian Garden is a great choice for lunch because it has a lot of options for both herbivores and omnivores (shout out to my dinosaur readers!). My absolute favorite is murg tikka masala (chunks of chicken breast in a creamy tomato sauce) served over basmati rice. Yum!

My trip to Indian Garden is incomplete without the galub jamun. Galub jamun is balls of fried dough soaked in a honey sauce. I call them 'honeyballs,' but don't ask for it by that name. Trust me on this.

Quick story: since it is a buffet, they don't always have the honeyballs out. Once, my work crew went there for lunch and it was on a day without honeyballs! I was devastated and complained for a week. Now, though, if honeyballs aren't on the buffet, I just ask for them (using the proper term, gulab jamun, of course) and they bring those honeyballs right out. Hooray for honeyballs!

Indian Garden is a great place for serious eating. If you are ever in the Streeterville section of Chicago, I urge you to stop in. Try the honeyballs!


Chicagolandia said...

That looks heavenly! Do they have samosas? My co-workers got me hooked on those!

Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

I love Indian food! Tikka masala is sooo good... and honeyballs too of course. Now I'm craving it lol and I'm stuck with non-Indian leftovers for lunch, boo that! ;)