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  • Post published:January 24, 2015

Approachable Indian Food, Perfect for Noobs and Everybody Else

Recently, I stopped into the newly opened Dalicious Indian Restaurant in Naperville on Plainfield-Naperville Rd. Driving into the parking lot at night the restaurant was really bright and lit up the entire strip mall. I could see straight through the dining area, which I liked because I was looking for a place to go and be alone, no hub bub or a bunch of people to deal with. In total Hermit mode that night. I was welcomed by the nicest woman behind the counter, who immediately asked if I had ever been there before and began to explain how things work.

How things work:

You start by grabbing a checklist that has 5 steps on it, each step is another part of your meal, and you build the meal by deciding on your protein, sauce, dal, bread, and side dish. After you make your choices you give the sheet to the cashier and choose whether or not you want to eat in or carry out. I decided to eat in, so I took a seat and waited for my food to arrive. So far, so good. I’m a total fan of Indian food so I was anxious to try this out. I admit, I was a little skeptical about the authenticity of my meal, because the whole feel of the ordering process felt so much like I was at Chipotle. My mind was changed after I tasted my meal though, the food was delicious and the spices were used very well. The cashier, who happened to be the daughter of the chef, dropped by my table while I ate and explained that they opened the place because her mom had always dreamed of opening a restaurant where she could cook and share her recipes with people. Let me just say, mom nailed it! Here’s what I had:

Cool thing is, the entrees come with Jeera rice, papad, mango pickles, and onions. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal, it was far less food than I am accustomed to getting at formal Indian restaurants, but I was satiated.

All in all, you should totally check this place out and let us know what you think. They have a complete menu of traditional Indian dishes and test specials on a regular basis. For about 10 bucks minus the drink and the upgrade to garlic naan, it’s not a bad deal at all.

If you’re on the fence about trying Indian food, this is the perfect way to try it out. As I was explaining to the cashier, it’s approachable Indian food. A must try in Naperville.

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