Great food, great serviceWe picked this restaurant based on the unique concept of Indian Latin fusion and we were thrilled with the combo. The ribs were to die for and the steak special was one of the best my friend has tasted. The waiter was charming and attentive and knew how to describe all the dishes. All in all it was delicious.
My only request is to go more exotic on the cocktails to match that of the food.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spot for special occasionGreat Indian, but didn't get much of the Latin influence. The scallop appetizer was out of this world and the Lobster Portuguese was amazing. Not a very extensive wine list, but decent wines. Service was very good.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb phenomenal deliciousOur favorites were the steak and chimichuri, Bombay Frankie, their Cabernet, panipuri margarita and the shahi tukra was heaven in your mouth. The drinks are over priced and portions were small but the food was incredible!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFor an elegant sophisticaexperienceI have been going to Vermillion for over 6 years, always more than satisfied with the quality of customer service, individualized experience, ambience, and food and beverages. Never dissappointed!!6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAdventurous flavor pairingsThe uniqueness of the menu was quite intriguing. I found the artichoke pakoras to be excellent. The main was good, but teetered dangerously close to having too many flavors competing on a single plate. The mole on the duck was quite delicious, with the tamarind adding a zingy tartness to the traditional, tasty mole sauce. The cucumber slaw was very nice, but the quinoa was more salty than I prefer. Overall, a nice dinner and could be improved even more with a little editing of flavor pairings.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful fusion of indianWonderful fusion of indian and latin american flavors! My friend and I had an appetizer size of one of their latin american/indian fusion dishes (skirt steak), and it was fabulous!! We didn't have any of the small plates, but they definitely looked appetizing as well. We dove right into their "classic Indian dishes". We had the spinach and other greens dish and the lamb shank dish- both were good, but perhaps under seasoned especially for classic indian dishes...the traditional indian dessert with rice pudding/custard was very yummy as well as the "cardamon flan"- both didn't disappoint. BTW- their cocktails are extremely creative- we had enjoyed yummy cocktails...6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMSaturday dinner dateOverall the place was nice. We had a 7:30 reservation and the place was only half full. I have heard mixed reviews about the service albeit ours was pretty good. Ambiance is nice. Great decor. I am torn on the food. Had the scallop appetizer which was fantastic. My gal had the vegetarian chili-glazed blackened eggplant. Also a very delicious dish. I had one of the monthly specials...lamb enchiladas. Bland. Lacked any flavor (even wasn't properly salted). It had been overcooked. The tortillas were crisp (burnt) on the bottom. They reminded me of a microwaved meal. For a place that is Indian Latin infusion nothing should be "bland". Service was pretty good. Overall they nailed 2 out of the 3 dishes and everything went well.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMToo noisy!We have eaten at Vermillion twice. We are from NC and do not get to Chicago often. But the most recent visit to the restaurant ended with us eager to leave because it was so noisy! The food and service were good.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious and interestingOur service was prompt and the server was very helpful in reviewing the various menu items and the ingredients in each dish. The favors were fresh and exciting. The service was friendly and prompt. Appetizers were brought quickly and the remainder of the meal followed soon after. I would definitely recommend.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a wonderful place,This is a wonderful place, with some great food. It's a bit loud so not ideal for a first date but nice for a date night. The ribs are amazing. The food is prepared with authentic taste but without the ton of carbs seen in traditional Indian food. Overall it was a great experience and I plan to return soon.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOur second time eating her...Our second time eating her... It was just as wonderful as the first time. The seafood stew was awesome and the spiced eggplant dish was totally thumbs!! Yummm!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMParty of two birthday dinnerJust wanted a private / romantic birthday dinner and it was delivered. The food was amazing as we split some entrees and appetizers. I will be going back, and bringing others back with me for sure. If you have not been, I would really reccomend. The mix of latin / indian fusion mixes so well together.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMSurprised my NYC Visitor!I picked Vermilion to entertain a friend and frequent restaurant diner visiting from NY. As I hoped, the unusual fusion menu piqued his interest and his taste buds. Hard to impress these NY folks but Vermilion did it well. Could use a little more atmosphere, especially for early diners when one walks into an almost empty space. Some music could help a lot.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMSaturday Date Night DinnerI was a little scared to come here on a first date due to some of the reviews. The reviews had Vermilion a hit or miss. And I hadn't been in years so I couldn't base it on my last experience which was very good, things could have changed. Well I am glad that I took the chance, they were definitely a HIT. Service was perfect throughout the night starting from the moment we walked in. The table we sat at was for 2 right upfront near the window. The table was extremely eclectic and was perfect for trying to impress the lady I was with. The candle on the table had real rose pedals around it. It was awesome. Finally the food was really good. We thought that our appetizers were just good. But the main course and dessert...OUTSTANDING!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI was a solo diner on a businessI was a solo diner on a business trip. Came early (5:30pm) and got a nice window seat with great, attentive service. The complete tasting course is a good deal and I left after about 2 hours with a substantial doggie bag (which made a great breakfast). I live in Southern California and am fairly familiar with Latin Fusion food and I arrived at Vermillion after a month in India and I can say, unequivocally, this restaurant has one of the most creative chefs on the planet today.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat fusion of Indian andGreat fusion of Indian and Latin American. Don't go if you are a purist for traditional Indian food. Go if you want to have your taste buds to light up with soem pretty interesting flvors.
I'm not one for cocktails, but the list was both impressive and tempting. My ginger pomegranate martini was a particularly fragrant way to start the meal. The tapas/appetizers were all interesting although I would ahve like to see even more combinations. The duck vindaloo arepas were excellent and built a nice heat for the rest of the meal and the verdant tropical salad was a spicy segway into the main courses. The chili-glazed blackened tamarind ribs were sensational and the braised duck in michoacan mole was not far behind.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMHow was Vermilion? Awesome.How was Vermilion? Awesome. It was inventive, our server was awesome and gave us great recommendations, and it was worth every cent. Not sure if my cauliflower curry was better or the goat cheese cheesecake. Or maybe the hearts of palm appetizer? It was all wonderful, and the presentation was beautiful, without being precious. Next time I'm back in Chicago, it's a must.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and ambience. InterestinGreat food and ambience. Interesting fusion of Indian spices in some of the Latin dishes4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMOur second visit after a greatOur second visit after a great initial experience a few months ago. Waiter was not close to begin on par with one from last time, who was terrific. I assumed they charged corkage and brought my own bottle, but was disappointed when I was told no. What I picked would've been perfect for this type of cuisine, so I was bummed. all of our dishes were delicious, expect for my entree, which was the fish curry. It tasted fishy and basically a small portion of fish and gravy on top of a heaping portion of a heavy, rich potato-like starch. I would not order this again unless I needed a week's worth of carbs. Otherwise, we had a great evening.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good and interestingVery good and interesting twist to Latin/Indian food,
the fish dish though was way tooooooo hot, we could not eat it.
it would be great to have it were it's nice and spicy,
but tolerable which it was not, but that was the first time we have experience that, otherwise a gem!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful experience. Re:TheWonderful experience. Re:The tasting menu - would have like to have been informed how much food the last plate had on it. Was a surprise and we'd ordered appetiser and bread Not knowing the quantites build. All in all we enjoyed the meal and ambiance emmmensly.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe ambiance was quite nice,The ambiance was quite nice, and the cocktails were excellent. The food, however was not quite as good as we expected. We did have some amazing artichoke pakoras for appetizers that were yummy.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was interesting and good.Food was interesting and good. Different. The ambience is romantic. Service is a little uneven.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMI have a new favorite restaurantI have never tasted such flavor combinations. The 5 course tasting menu was phenomenal. I wanted to continue eating more selections from the menu. The ambiance was hip, modern. The service staff was attentive and professional - very helpful with understanding the dishes presented to me.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWent pre-theater. ServerWent pre-theater. Server was very good and accommodated for one diner who didn't like things as spicy. Artichoke fritters were very good. Salmon/lobster cake a bit more spicy than expected. Butter chicken and shrimp curry very good. Atmosphere was wonderful and noise level was very good at that early time until they started setting up a table in room on other side of curtains, which was noisy and a bit loud for awhile (only real down side of our experience). Prices a bit high.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding - loved it! GreatOutstanding - loved it! Great (and enthusiastic) service.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial OccasionWe enjoyed dining here for our anniversary and splurging on the ultimate meal option. We believe that dinner was a tad overpriced but we had zero complaints regarding our entire dining experience which made it worth it.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've gone to Vermillion severalWe've gone to Vermillion several times over the last year, and have always had great food and service. For date night last night, we decided to go again, despite what appeared to be a recent trend of negative feedback on OpenTable & Yelp (our two trusted sources for dining recommendations). We were pleasantly unsurprised to find the same excellent service and food that we've had in the past, and had an absolutely lovely evening. The best compliment I've heard paid to Vermillion was from a work colleague of mine visiting from India. After I took him to Vermillion, he's been recommending to all his colleagues visiting Chicago from India.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waiter Mike was awesome,Our waiter Mike was awesome, the food was outstanding, it is a tad pricey but we would go back again3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Latin-Indian Fusion Tapas!Awesome tapas! We tried 3 Vegetarian Tapas - all of them were out-of-this-world!
I'd recommend to any vegetarian romantic couple :)3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waiter was very good.Our waiter was very good. He had great knowledge on the food. Great service! Food was good too.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious Every TimeI could eat a bucket of their juhu ki pani puri. My wife has chosen Vermillion for her birthday dinner three years in a row, and we've been very happy every time. Their menu offers items that don't taste like anything else I've had anywhere else, and it's always a pleasant surprise to discover new flavors that are totally new to me.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic, creative food.Fantastic, creative food. We love spicy and the heat was perfect to our taste. Our waiter was colorful, energetic, and helpful. Already thinking about what to order when we come back!2/2/2013 12:00:00 AM