Hema's Kitchen

★★★☆☆
  • 6406 N Oakley Ave

    Chicago, IL 60659

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  • 773-338-1627

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Wow - that is zesty Indian nourishment The sustenance is tremendous here and staggeringly hot. I can typically handle the hotness, however Hema's is silly. It's fortunate its BYOB, subsequent to you'll require a lot of

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Wow - that is zesty Indian nourishment The sustenance is tremendous here and staggeringly hot. I can typically handle the hotness, however Hema's is silly. It's fortunate its BYOB, subsequent to you'll require a lot of

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Down below I have cut-pasted review for yelp. Though, it was not written by me it exactly mirrors my experience at Hema's Kitchen. Unfortunately, by the time I had read this I was laready $120 lighter.

Please, do not take this as self promotion or eulogizing of self. I have been a Food critic/writer for around 17 years and with over 570 articles syndicated to various Publications across the world. I specialize in reviewing Indian, Pakistani, Middle-Eastern, African and Mainland Chinese cuisine and my articles have been printed in some of the leading Indian and International dailies.

Now that said, I feel very intrigued and piqued by the naivety and ignorance of an average American, and their understanding of foreign cuisine. What else explains the ardent following of this otherwise banal, greasy, absolutely UN-Indian cuisine dished out at Hema's Kitchen. The food served here would not have passed muster with an average Indian palette. I tried out this place not once, not twice but thrice and each time came out feeling cheated and my regions cuisine misrepresented. Though, I must add the service was extremely warm and friendly. The tandoori Chicken was grilled in regular home oven and was as dry and bland as sun dried carcass found in Sahara's. The Green Curry Fish was greasy and the fish straight outta refrigerator; cold and tasteless. The biryani untouchable and the American favorite bread (roti/naan's) had the feel of the one that you find on most super-market shelves. All in all the experience was that of a complete non-experience. Honestly, I wish I had not done this review as I hate running down a business and also because, I know how hard it is for a restaurateur to operate in these hard times. But, I also felt that, it was my duty to inform and educate my fellow American's about how their naivety and ignorance is been taken for a ride. Also, what irks me is misrepresentation of regional cuisine. If anyone of you including the Hema owners need further clarifications on this matter then you all could please, write to me at capgemini@rediffmail.com. I haven't used an alias or a pseudonym to hide my identity so, you that you can see I talk the walk and have no ulterior motive but, what has been aforesaid in writing this review.- Kayenn

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★☆☆☆☆

Down below I have cut-pasted review for yelp. Though, it was not written by me it exactly mirrors my experience at Hema's Kitchen. Unfortunately, by the time I had read this I was laready $120 lighter.

Please, do not take this as self promotion or eulogizing of self. I have been a Food critic/writer for around 17 years and with over 570 articles syndicated to various Publications across the world. I specialize in reviewing Indian, Pakistani, Middle-Eastern, African and Mainland Chinese cuisine and my articles have been printed in some of the leading Indian and International dailies.

Now that said, I feel very intrigued and piqued by the naivety and ignorance of an average American, and their understanding of foreign cuisine. What else explains the ardent following of this otherwise banal, greasy, absolutely UN-Indian cuisine dished out at Hema's Kitchen. The food served here would not have passed muster with an average Indian palette. I tried out this place not once, not twice but thrice and each time came out feeling cheated and my regions cuisine misrepresented. Though, I must add the service was extremely warm and friendly. The tandoori Chicken was grilled in regular home oven and was as dry and bland as sun dried carcass found in Sahara's. The Green Curry Fish was greasy and the fish straight outta refrigerator; cold and tasteless. The biryani untouchable and the American favorite bread (roti/naan's) had the feel of the one that you find on most super-market shelves. All in all the experience was that of a complete non-experience. Honestly, I wish I had not done this review as I hate running down a business and also because, I know how hard it is for a restaurateur to operate in these hard times. But, I also felt that, it was my duty to inform and educate my fellow American's about how their naivety and ignorance is been taken for a ride. Also, what irks me is misrepresentation of regional cuisine. If anyone of you including the Hema owners need further clarifications on this matter then you all could please, write to me at capgemini@rediffmail.com. I haven't used an alias or a pseudonym to hide my identity so, you that you can see I talk the walk and have no ulterior motive but, what has been aforesaid in writing this review.- Kayenn

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Wish I had read this write-up on Yelp before I ventured out to blow my $120 in partying in this horrible restaurant.

The views are cut-pasted from Yelp and though this was not written by me it actually sums up, actually mirrors my recent experience at Hema's correctly.

"Please, do not take this as self promotion or eulogizing of self. I have been a Food critic/writer for around 17 years and with over 570 articles syndicated to various Publications across the world. I specialize in reviewing Indian, Pakistani, Middle-Eastern, African and Mainland Chinese cuisine and my articles have been printed in some of the leading Indian and International dailies.

Now that said, I feel very intrigued and piqued by the naivety and ignorance of an average American, and their understanding of foreign cuisine. What else explains the ardent following of this otherwise banal, greasy, absolutely UN-Indian cuisine dished out at Hema's Kitchen. The food served here would not have passed muster with an average Indian palette. I tried out this place not once, not twice but thrice and each time came out feeling cheated and my regions cuisine misrepresented. Though, I must add the service was extremely warm and friendly. The tandoori Chicken was grilled in regular home oven and was as dry and bland as sun dried carcass found in Sahara's. The Green Curry Fish was greasy and the fish straight outta refrigerator; cold and tasteless. The biryani untouchable and the American favorite bread (roti/naan's) had the feel of the one that you find on most super-market shelves. All in all the experience was that of a complete non-experience. Honestly, I wish I had not done this review as I hate running down a business and also because, I know how hard it is for a restaurateur to operate in these hard times. But, I also felt that, it was my duty to inform and educate my fellow American's about how their naivety and ignorance is been taken for a ride. Also, what irks me is misrepresentation of regional cuisine. If anyone of you including the Hema owners need further clarifications on this matter then you all could please, write to me at capgemini@rediffmail com. I haven't used an alias or a pseudonym to hide my identity so, you that you can see I talk the walk and have no ulterior motive but, what has been aforesaid in writing this review." - Kayenn

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★☆☆☆☆

Wish I had read this write-up on Yelp before I ventured out to blow my $120 in partying in this horrible restaurant.

The views are cut-pasted from Yelp and though this was not written by me it actually sums up, actually mirrors my recent experience at Hema's correctly.

"Please, do not take this as self promotion or eulogizing of self. I have been a Food critic/writer for around 17 years and with over 570 articles syndicated to various Publications across the world. I specialize in reviewing Indian, Pakistani, Middle-Eastern, African and Mainland Chinese cuisine and my articles have been printed in some of the leading Indian and International dailies.

Now that said, I feel very intrigued and piqued by the naivety and ignorance of an average American, and their understanding of foreign cuisine. What else explains the ardent following of this otherwise banal, greasy, absolutely UN-Indian cuisine dished out at Hema's Kitchen. The food served here would not have passed muster with an average Indian palette. I tried out this place not once, not twice but thrice and each time came out feeling cheated and my regions cuisine misrepresented. Though, I must add the service was extremely warm and friendly. The tandoori Chicken was grilled in regular home oven and was as dry and bland as sun dried carcass found in Sahara's. The Green Curry Fish was greasy and the fish straight outta refrigerator; cold and tasteless. The biryani untouchable and the American favorite bread (roti/naan's) had the feel of the one that you find on most super-market shelves. All in all the experience was that of a complete non-experience. Honestly, I wish I had not done this review as I hate running down a business and also because, I know how hard it is for a restaurateur to operate in these hard times. But, I also felt that, it was my duty to inform and educate my fellow American's about how their naivety and ignorance is been taken for a ride. Also, what irks me is misrepresentation of regional cuisine. If anyone of you including the Hema owners need further clarifications on this matter then you all could please, write to me at capgemini@rediffmail com. I haven't used an alias or a pseudonym to hide my identity so, you that you can see I talk the walk and have no ulterior motive but, what has been aforesaid in writing this review." - Kayenn

Pros: Nothing that I could think of

Cons: Sorry but I feel Conned

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Great casual indian restaurant, spicy with a twist of some western authority. It attracts a much younger crowd and is a great place for a first time indian experience. the owners are sweet and the food is ...well spicy!

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★★★★☆

Great casual indian restaurant, spicy with a twist of some western authority. It attracts a much younger crowd and is a great place for a first time indian experience. the owners are sweet and the food is ...well spicy!

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Folks Beware,

1. Hema's Kitchen does not cater authentic Indian food. E.g. all different curries taste the same! more like typical home cook food!!
2. How come mostly White Americans are their customers??and why Indians don't eat at this restaurant in numbers though its located in the heart land of South Asian-Town in Chicago (Devon St)? Indians don't go to this restaurant much (no taste!!!!!)
3. No freshly made NAANS!! why they deny this must South Asian bread in their restaurants!!
4. Cleanness/service issues are reported by many here.

There are many other good restaurants beside this one. So avoid this one or becoming their regular patron!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Folks Beware,

1. Hema's Kitchen does not cater authentic Indian food. E.g. all different curries taste the same! more like typical home cook food!!
2. How come mostly White Americans are their customers??and why Indians don't eat at this restaurant in numbers though its located in the heart land of South Asian-Town in Chicago (Devon St)? Indians don't go to this restaurant much (no taste!!!!!)
3. No freshly made NAANS!! why they deny this must South Asian bread in their restaurants!!
4. Cleanness/service issues are reported by many here.

There are many other good restaurants beside this one. So avoid this one or becoming their regular patron!!

Pros: No taste!

Cons: Does not know how to cook authetic Indian food.. see reasons below

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this place was one of my favorites-unfortunately you should all know i found a small termite or baby insect in my food. i was in the food service for 15 years and never had this issue with any customers. i was a patron of hemas for less than a month before discovering the boog. HEMA if you read this please clean your place up so I can eat there again in the distant future!!! boogs and some of the EMPLOYEES as well.

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★☆☆☆☆

this place was one of my favorites-unfortunately you should all know i found a small termite or baby insect in my food. i was in the food service for 15 years and never had this issue with any customers. i was a patron of hemas for less than a month before discovering the boog. HEMA if you read this please clean your place up so I can eat there again in the distant future!!! boogs and some of the EMPLOYEES as well.

Pros: hema is phenomenal chef

Cons: reastaurant not clean

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Let me start by saying that the restaurant is owned by a bunch of arrogant

I was given a lot of positive reviews about the restaurant and wanted to check it out. I was going with family who had a few dietary restrictions and I called them in advance to determine if they would cater to their dietary compulsions. I painfully explained them what the restrictions meant and got a response saying "Yes, we absolutely cater to it."

Moments later , we were at the restaurant and started ordering the appetizers. To this, they responded that we cannot make this and we cannot make that. Upon playing back the phone conversation I had with them, their arrogant manager responded by saying (and I quote) , " Well, we made a mistake on the phone. So now, you want to eat or no !!!"

I got up and was about the leave the restaurant when I over-heard him telling some of his other customers " I should try to be more selective in who I allow in my restaurant. "

I am definitely not entering the restaurant but would recommend anyone and everyone to ensure that such restaurants don't spoil the restaurant scene of Chicago . We can live without idiots like Hemas Kitchen.

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me start by saying that the restaurant is owned by a bunch of arrogant

I was given a lot of positive reviews about the restaurant and wanted to check it out. I was going with family who had a few dietary restrictions and I called them in advance to determine if they would cater to their dietary compulsions. I painfully explained them what the restrictions meant and got a response saying "Yes, we absolutely cater to it."

Moments later , we were at the restaurant and started ordering the appetizers. To this, they responded that we cannot make this and we cannot make that. Upon playing back the phone conversation I had with them, their arrogant manager responded by saying (and I quote) , " Well, we made a mistake on the phone. So now, you want to eat or no !!!"

I got up and was about the leave the restaurant when I over-heard him telling some of his other customers " I should try to be more selective in who I allow in my restaurant. "

I am definitely not entering the restaurant but would recommend anyone and everyone to ensure that such restaurants don't spoil the restaurant scene of Chicago . We can live without idiots like Hemas Kitchen.

Pros: I will be happy if this restaurant is out of business

Cons: It is still in business

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My wife chose this place for a family dinner based on the reviews here. I am very fond of Indian food and have tried many restaurants across America during my business and leisure travel. "Best of Chicago" should be the best of best, right? Wrong!
Ambiance - OK. Indian restaurants are not "expected" to have such things. Average
Service - Hmm.. They were pretty quick in seating us, but were not equipped to handle my 2.5 yr olds "unique" needs. Average
Quality of food - We ordered Vegetable Pakora and Masala Papad for appetizer. Though pakoras were all onion pakoras, they were really good. Masala papad was a flop - consisted of roasted papad topped with a real small amount of onions, peppers and tomatoes. Not what I expected. Our main dishes were Chicken Biriyani, Channa Murg and Nans. I'll start with Biriyani - bland, chicken was old/stale, the dish overall tasted pretty bad. Channa Murg - tasted good until I had a bite of Chicken - old/stale. Nans - they lacked the softness of Indian bread altogether. Overall the food was pretty appalling - especially considering this place has such rave reviews on this site.
I am sorry to state that I will not recommend this location to any genuine Indian food enthusiast.

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★★☆☆☆

My wife chose this place for a family dinner based on the reviews here. I am very fond of Indian food and have tried many restaurants across America during my business and leisure travel. "Best of Chicago" should be the best of best, right? Wrong!
Ambiance - OK. Indian restaurants are not "expected" to have such things. Average
Service - Hmm.. They were pretty quick in seating us, but were not equipped to handle my 2.5 yr olds "unique" needs. Average
Quality of food - We ordered Vegetable Pakora and Masala Papad for appetizer. Though pakoras were all onion pakoras, they were really good. Masala papad was a flop - consisted of roasted papad topped with a real small amount of onions, peppers and tomatoes. Not what I expected. Our main dishes were Chicken Biriyani, Channa Murg and Nans. I'll start with Biriyani - bland, chicken was old/stale, the dish overall tasted pretty bad. Channa Murg - tasted good until I had a bite of Chicken - old/stale. Nans - they lacked the softness of Indian bread altogether. Overall the food was pretty appalling - especially considering this place has such rave reviews on this site.
I am sorry to state that I will not recommend this location to any genuine Indian food enthusiast.

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The food is terrific here and unbelievably spicy. I can usually handle the heat, but Hema's is outrageous. Good thing it's BYOB, since you'll need plenty of beverages (and there's an Indian liquor store right around the corner). The atmosphere is real homey and the service is, too. So feel free to ask about the various dishes and then share everything.

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★★★★★

The food is terrific here and unbelievably spicy. I can usually handle the heat, but Hema's is outrageous. Good thing it's BYOB, since you'll need plenty of beverages (and there's an Indian liquor store right around the corner). The atmosphere is real homey and the service is, too. So feel free to ask about the various dishes and then share everything.

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Absolutely fantastic! Not for the faint of heart when it comes to the spice index, but this surpasses any Indian food I have encountered... including all that London had to offer!

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★★★★★

Absolutely fantastic! Not for the faint of heart when it comes to the spice index, but this surpasses any Indian food I have encountered... including all that London had to offer!

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Four months ago when I moved back to the city I was on a mission to find a decent indian place. Hema's was the 8th one I tried, I fell in LOVE! I haven't even considered trying another now. I have to have it at least once a week (but usually twice), it's so good it's addictive!
They are happy to add a little more spice to a dish if that is what you like (I do it all the time). Both locations have amazingly sweet servers, that will always help you with pronunciation. All the food is made from start to finish, when you order it, meaning cleaned, chopped and cooked then, not sitting around. You need to try, you'll never want to go any where else! I promise.

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★★★★★

Four months ago when I moved back to the city I was on a mission to find a decent indian place. Hema's was the 8th one I tried, I fell in LOVE! I haven't even considered trying another now. I have to have it at least once a week (but usually twice), it's so good it's addictive!
They are happy to add a little more spice to a dish if that is what you like (I do it all the time). Both locations have amazingly sweet servers, that will always help you with pronunciation. All the food is made from start to finish, when you order it, meaning cleaned, chopped and cooked then, not sitting around. You need to try, you'll never want to go any where else! I promise.

Pros: Fresh food, comfortable and welcoming environment

Cons: Parking can be a pain if you are planning on eating at the Clark Street location

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Wonderful Indian food, at a great price. Service was friendly and warm. BYOB. Only negative -- they don't have a Clay Oven, so no Tandoori or Naan.

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★★★★★

Wonderful Indian food, at a great price. Service was friendly and warm. BYOB. Only negative -- they don't have a Clay Oven, so no Tandoori or Naan.

Pros: Authentic, home cooking Indian; warm and friendly

Cons: No Clay Oven -- so no tandoori or Naan

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First of all, food at Hema's is probably one of the best in Chicago. But apart from that, you would not find anything good about it. Ambience is poor and service takes the cake. I used to go there a lot, but grew tired of waiting over an hour before my food came. This time when I complained, they had no explanation for this slow pace. In any case, curry is the same in all foods, so why not be a little faster? I would never recommend it to any of my friends and have decided against going to Hema's ever.

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★☆☆☆☆

First of all, food at Hema's is probably one of the best in Chicago. But apart from that, you would not find anything good about it. Ambience is poor and service takes the cake. I used to go there a lot, but grew tired of waiting over an hour before my food came. This time when I complained, they had no explanation for this slow pace. In any case, curry is the same in all foods, so why not be a little faster? I would never recommend it to any of my friends and have decided against going to Hema's ever.

Pros: food

Cons: service, ambience

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Reading all the other reveiws... I have a few things to say. Yes the service is slow. But this is an Indian restaurant, run my an Indian family. Americans need to chill out and not scraf down their food and then run! You can't expect them to pick up on our nasty habits. In terms of the ambience... it is very "Indian", again, why do things have to look so American! Enjoy the Indian culture... us Americans could learn a lot. And remind me about what is so bad about the children running around? Again, family run restaurant people. Food is f*&#ing great!

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★★★★★

Reading all the other reveiws... I have a few things to say. Yes the service is slow. But this is an Indian restaurant, run my an Indian family. Americans need to chill out and not scraf down their food and then run! You can't expect them to pick up on our nasty habits. In terms of the ambience... it is very "Indian", again, why do things have to look so American! Enjoy the Indian culture... us Americans could learn a lot. And remind me about what is so bad about the children running around? Again, family run restaurant people. Food is f*&#ing great!

Pros: Chicken vendaloo, Samsosa/dipping sauce, Paratha

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The food at Hema's kitchen was excellent and i have been going there atleast once a month. The comment that "people who like it do not know indian food" isn't valid.I'm very much an indian and know authentic indian food, the food is really really tasty. I agree the place is a little congested and the service is slow but it is worth waiting for the freshly made curries and breads.
Chicken vindaloo and vegetable biriyani are my favorites in this restaurant.

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★★★★★

The food at Hema's kitchen was excellent and i have been going there atleast once a month. The comment that "people who like it do not know indian food" isn't valid.I'm very much an indian and know authentic indian food, the food is really really tasty. I agree the place is a little congested and the service is slow but it is worth waiting for the freshly made curries and breads.
Chicken vindaloo and vegetable biriyani are my favorites in this restaurant.

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Hema's Kitchen is a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant off of Devon, and it's the perfect place to stop in for a casual meal. The prices can't be beat for the traditional fare you might pay more for at a larger restaurant down the street with fancy tablecloths. Instead, at Hema's you have plastic tablecloths, and you get a huge added bonus of the restaurant being BYOB. Their menu is large enough and offers several vegetarian options. Stop in for an inexpensive traditional Indian meal.

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★★★★☆

Hema's Kitchen is a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant off of Devon, and it's the perfect place to stop in for a casual meal. The prices can't be beat for the traditional fare you might pay more for at a larger restaurant down the street with fancy tablecloths. Instead, at Hema's you have plastic tablecloths, and you get a huge added bonus of the restaurant being BYOB. Their menu is large enough and offers several vegetarian options. Stop in for an inexpensive traditional Indian meal.

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Original Hema's Kitchen in Devon area is a very good place to refresh your palate with authentic flavors. That is if you forget the noisey restaurant with sometimes slow service, and Hema's grand kids riding around their tricycles. Still the food makes it worth it all. The servers usually mess up your orders. So make sure your server understands what you ordered. Also a good idea to check on your server to make sure your food is coming. This place can be really unorganised but the food is just like how you will get at home.

PROS: Authentic Indian food
CONS: Slow service

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★★★★★

Original Hema's Kitchen in Devon area is a very good place to refresh your palate with authentic flavors. That is if you forget the noisey restaurant with sometimes slow service, and Hema's grand kids riding around their tricycles. Still the food makes it worth it all. The servers usually mess up your orders. So make sure your server understands what you ordered. Also a good idea to check on your server to make sure your food is coming. This place can be really unorganised but the food is just like how you will get at home.

PROS: Authentic Indian food
CONS: Slow service

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I can not believe the bad reviews Hema's getting. The food is the best I have eaten at any Indian eatery. I go atleast once or twice a month. They know us and make the effort to chat and let us know they appreciate our business. If you are expecting to be seated, order, and scrarf down your meal and leave. Don't go. This is not a fast food factory. This is a family restraurant. Family is making your food, family is serving your food, and family maybe playing around your table. The place gets packed and the food is fresh so relax be patient and enjoy.

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★★★★★

I can not believe the bad reviews Hema's getting. The food is the best I have eaten at any Indian eatery. I go atleast once or twice a month. They know us and make the effort to chat and let us know they appreciate our business. If you are expecting to be seated, order, and scrarf down your meal and leave. Don't go. This is not a fast food factory. This is a family restraurant. Family is making your food, family is serving your food, and family maybe playing around your table. The place gets packed and the food is fresh so relax be patient and enjoy.

Pros: FOOD, Friendly staff

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I know good traditional Indian food and Hema's kitchen is not good. They don't even have a tandoor oven. The ambience was bad and the service was worse. If you want decent Indian food for cheap I would suggest Sher a Punjab's buffet. They are about 3 blocks west of Hema's kitchen on the south side of the street corner. Remember those who give Hema's kitchen a good rating do not know good Indian food. Notice you will only see white people in there and no Indian People.

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★☆☆☆☆

I know good traditional Indian food and Hema's kitchen is not good. They don't even have a tandoor oven. The ambience was bad and the service was worse. If you want decent Indian food for cheap I would suggest Sher a Punjab's buffet. They are about 3 blocks west of Hema's kitchen on the south side of the street corner. Remember those who give Hema's kitchen a good rating do not know good Indian food. Notice you will only see white people in there and no Indian People.

Pros: Cheap Prices

Cons: , Cons, ambience

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After a bad first experience after Hema's online review, a friend and I decided to give it another try. We were seated but had to ask for menus after 4 other tables were seated after and received menus. Then we waited again before having to go up and ask to have our order taken. Then a 40 minute wait for a simple appetizer and 30 more minutes for entrees. We spent over three hours for a simple meal. The worst part is Hema and staff seem to be oblivious to the problems or at least don't care. If you want to leave totally annoyed and frustrated, this is your place.

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★☆☆☆☆

After a bad first experience after Hema's online review, a friend and I decided to give it another try. We were seated but had to ask for menus after 4 other tables were seated after and received menus. Then we waited again before having to go up and ask to have our order taken. Then a 40 minute wait for a simple appetizer and 30 more minutes for entrees. We spent over three hours for a simple meal. The worst part is Hema and staff seem to be oblivious to the problems or at least don't care. If you want to leave totally annoyed and frustrated, this is your place.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: SLOW Service, Crowded, Cleanliness

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There is usually a long wait to get a table unless you get there early in the evening. The ambiance is poor and so is the service - and the owners' kids running around do not help things any. Some of the dishes are very good - try the fish fry, bhuna gosht (dry mutton), dakhni dal (lentil curry), phulkas (bread) and the seekh kabab. The owner needs to do something about the ventilation in the place as there is a strong smell of spices in the air (that sticks to your clothes) that detracts from the eating experience. Perhaps it is best to consider this restaurant as a take-out place so as not to experience many of the discomforts mentioned above.

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★★★★☆

There is usually a long wait to get a table unless you get there early in the evening. The ambiance is poor and so is the service - and the owners' kids running around do not help things any. Some of the dishes are very good - try the fish fry, bhuna gosht (dry mutton), dakhni dal (lentil curry), phulkas (bread) and the seekh kabab. The owner needs to do something about the ventilation in the place as there is a strong smell of spices in the air (that sticks to your clothes) that detracts from the eating experience. Perhaps it is best to consider this restaurant as a take-out place so as not to experience many of the discomforts mentioned above.

Pros: Inexpensive, Freshly cooked food

Cons: No parking, Long wait for service, Poor ventilation

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Just because this restaurant was reviewed by PBS doesn't mean it's the ONLY restaurant in Chicago! Yes, it's good, but it doesn't warrant the 1.5 hours I had to wait for a table. And once my companion and I finally got a table, they asked if we would be willing to share the table with another couple!!! (No thanks, if we waited this long, we're going to thoroughly enjoy the table, thank you very much.)

Yes, the food is good. But it isn't phenomenal. And the true tragedy is that Hema's is located just off Devon, where there are 10s of great Indian restaurants that are cheaper and don't have a wait. Of course, they haven't been reviewed on PBS, but trust me...that only makes the experience worse. Try Sizzle India, Tiffin, or Udupi Palace on Devon or Chowpati in Arlington Heights instead.

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★★★★☆

Just because this restaurant was reviewed by PBS doesn't mean it's the ONLY restaurant in Chicago! Yes, it's good, but it doesn't warrant the 1.5 hours I had to wait for a table. And once my companion and I finally got a table, they asked if we would be willing to share the table with another couple!!! (No thanks, if we waited this long, we're going to thoroughly enjoy the table, thank you very much.)

Yes, the food is good. But it isn't phenomenal. And the true tragedy is that Hema's is located just off Devon, where there are 10s of great Indian restaurants that are cheaper and don't have a wait. Of course, they haven't been reviewed on PBS, but trust me...that only makes the experience worse. Try Sizzle India, Tiffin, or Udupi Palace on Devon or Chowpati in Arlington Heights instead.

Pros: good food

Cons: insanely long wait, mediocre service, not great value

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I have driven past Hema's many times and finally stopped in after seeing it featured on Check Please. Yes, I was greeted by Hema. Yes, the store front is quaint. Yes, the two young boys running arouond screaming out of control were annoying. Yes, the somosas were the best I've had in Chicago. The rest of the dishes, however, were so over salted (and oily) that I would have said something had Hema not been so kind. I'll go back some day, but there's no rush.

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★★★☆☆

I have driven past Hema's many times and finally stopped in after seeing it featured on Check Please. Yes, I was greeted by Hema. Yes, the store front is quaint. Yes, the two young boys running arouond screaming out of control were annoying. Yes, the somosas were the best I've had in Chicago. The rest of the dishes, however, were so over salted (and oily) that I would have said something had Hema not been so kind. I'll go back some day, but there's no rush.

Pros: samosas

Cons: masala too salty

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The BEST Indian food I've had along with friendly service and great value! We recommend the Shiek Kabab roll as an appetizer which is served with two delicious dipping sauces. For dinner you should try the Mura Makhini (tandoori chicken) with a serving of rice and an order of bread, either the Phulka or Paratha. Another good dish was the Allo Bewan Matter (potatoe vegetarian dish). These are gravy based meals where you can use the bread to soak up the sauce. The cheap food is quite flavorful and the small casual setting, along with the personal service makes this a spectacular dining experience. However, if you arrive at a busy time you will be stuck waiting at the door which could become quite frustrating.

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★★★★★

The BEST Indian food I've had along with friendly service and great value! We recommend the Shiek Kabab roll as an appetizer which is served with two delicious dipping sauces. For dinner you should try the Mura Makhini (tandoori chicken) with a serving of rice and an order of bread, either the Phulka or Paratha. Another good dish was the Allo Bewan Matter (potatoe vegetarian dish). These are gravy based meals where you can use the bread to soak up the sauce. The cheap food is quite flavorful and the small casual setting, along with the personal service makes this a spectacular dining experience. However, if you arrive at a busy time you will be stuck waiting at the door which could become quite frustrating.

Pros: Value/BYOB, Personal Service, Savory Food

Cons: Street Parking, Limited Seating, No waiting area

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Good Golly this is some good food. My family came to Hema's after looking for a nice Indian restaraunt to eat at. Hema came out and introduced herself, and then the food started cooking. The aromas hit my senses and then the food hit the table. What a delicious array of spices, meats, veggies, potatoes and friendly faces. The breads were delicious and every dish had it own unique personality. We dragged in our own beer and wine and enjoyed the evening as Hema sat with us and explained each of the dishes. Dessert was a no-no with my exploding tummy, but the plate came out anyway filled with sweets. Want some real authentic Indian cuisine and a friendly smile? Sit right down and enjoy. Prices are CHEAP!!!Not a big place and sort of hidden, but certainly worth the adventure.

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★★★★★

Good Golly this is some good food. My family came to Hema's after looking for a nice Indian restaraunt to eat at. Hema came out and introduced herself, and then the food started cooking. The aromas hit my senses and then the food hit the table. What a delicious array of spices, meats, veggies, potatoes and friendly faces. The breads were delicious and every dish had it own unique personality. We dragged in our own beer and wine and enjoyed the evening as Hema sat with us and explained each of the dishes. Dessert was a no-no with my exploding tummy, but the plate came out anyway filled with sweets. Want some real authentic Indian cuisine and a friendly smile? Sit right down and enjoy. Prices are CHEAP!!!Not a big place and sort of hidden, but certainly worth the adventure.

Pros: Delicacy, Friendly, Very inexpensive

Cons: Small

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In Short
This tight, but comfortable, space is known for its friendly, ebullient service and tasty Indian and Pakastani fare. Juicy tandoori chicken marinated in a bath of spices is a good start. Among entrees, popular choices…

 

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