In his famous classical conditioning experiment, Ivan Pavlov proved that it’s physically impossible for a scientist's mouth not to water when it says the word “tandoori.” Moisten your own flavor receptacle with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of Indian cuisine at Shikara in Downers Grove.
Shikara quells subcontinental tummy rumblings with a sprawling menu of fine Indian cuisine, served up in an elegant, modern dining room. Jump-start sputtering metabolisms with an appetizer of chapli lamb kebab ($8) or samosa, a fried pyramid chock-full of spiced vegetables ($4). Entrees deal hunger a paralyzing blow with a one-two punch of butter chicken—tender poultry basking in orange sauce ($15)—and masala dosai—a crepe-like exterior delicately wrapped and bow-tied around potatoes and spices ($9). The gulab jamun tempts plundering sweet teeth and California prospectors with pastry-and-milk balls deep-fried to a golden sheen ($4).
A vast overhead domed ceiling douses high-backed booths and sleek tables in warm light in the eatery’s spacious interior. Between the traditional eats and visual treats of Shikara, diners will find the physical and mental preparedness required to beat Sitar Hero on hard mode.
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Shikara's chefs strive to represent India's rich culinary history with a menu that includes familiar staples alongside more contemporary fusion cuisine. An imported tandoor oven roasts discs of naan and skewers of chicken according to time-honored North and South Indian recipes, and liberal doses of fenugreek seeds, ginger, and chilies add distinctively traditional aromas to many of the restaurant's dishes. However, the chefs also demonstrate their range by forging a spread of Indo-Chinese dishes, including stir-fried rice and chicken in soya sauce. These flavors—which can be washed down with a full selection of Indian beers—demonstrate the culinary interplay between the two nations' cultures without the mess of a UN-moderated food fight.
1620 75th St.
Downers Grove, Illinois 60516Get Directions