Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Vishnu Foods – Schaumburg, Illinois

The weekend that went by was probably the most we had eaten out. S and I had been to Chicago to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We reached our friends’ home on Friday night and ended up gorging on some Barnaby’s Pizza.

On Valentine’s Day, we had planned to dine at the Signature Room at Hancock – no, not a double date. So we went out with our friends to an opening lunch buffet at Vishnu Foods.

Priced at $7.99 per guest, this was probably the best cost-effective Indian food S and I had eaten ever. The spread was stupendous and the food tasted good too!

We had to wait 30 minutes for a table - that was how crowded it was. It looked like Schaumburg’s entire Indian population was there that noon. Finally when we went for the food, we didn’t know where to begin. Run by a Telugu NRI, the spread had an Andhra tinge to it, and that made me happy… ‘More Spice, More Happy’(Pretty much like how the saying goes with Saki in Japanese joints).

I knew the sweets were getting over too quickly, so I served some hot jalebis for the four of us, upfront (good decision). I started off with the plain rice, Medu Vadai, and Dal Palak (delicious), with some Aloo Fry and Baghare Baingan. In another plate, common to the table, we gathered some Mirchi Bajjis, Vegetable Bajjis and Papads. S thought my versions of Baghare Baingan and Bisibela Bath were way better.

In a nut shell, we ate most of what was served (I was being an eggetarian) – Rasam, Sambar, Aviyal, Cabbage Curry, Beans Curry, Aloo Fry, Medu Vadai, Masala Vadai, Baghara Baingan, Bisibela Bath, Ven Pongal (it was yellow), Mirchi Bajjis, Capsicum Bajjis, Papads, Chutneys, Idlies, Chappatis, Pickles, Curd Rice, Delicious Raita, Egg Biryani, Shrimp Biryani, Lamb Biryani, Chicken Biryani, Vegetable Biryani, Chicken 65, Paneer Tikka Masala, Chicken Samosa, Double Ka Meetha, Mango Kulfi, Kheer, Jalebis… whew… I’m sure I’ve missed something!

For $7.99, this sure was worth every single cent. Too bad we had stuffed ourselves up with Pongal in the morning, so couldn’t do justice to the buffet.

If we had the choice to visit Vishnu Food’s lunch buffet again, we sure would, again and again.


  1. Vishu vilas is crap. If you look for buffet on sunday , it"s most probably cooked from saturday . Almost every desi in schaumburg agrees vishnu is crap & cheap

  2. Chicken and biryani is never good . They lack freshness . The store next door vishnu foods is overPriced . Poor desis , Hell of a life with limited options

  3. Whoever you are, I wrote that when I went there the day they opened, in case you didn't read this post fully. That apart, I no longer live in the Midwest. I had moved to Colorado since, and afterwards, also moved to the East Coast. So, your comment in 2011 about an establishment that has deteriorated since 2009 is unacceptable, but justifiable. I'm so sorry you have no choices. Maybe you should move to the East Coast :)