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At 7:00 on Friday we were the second couple in the place. By 8:00, almost full. Visiting from out of town, we were attracted by the menu - a mashup of Indian and Latin food - with a stronger Indian bias. Kingfisher and Taj Mahal beer from Indian, no Latin beer. An amuse-bouche arrived immediately - light fried dah/garbanzo combination with a red pepper/mango salsa and a delightful warm sauce underneath set us up for a great meal. The coconut shrimp appetizer with a jalapeño/lychee sauce was a great blend of flavors - all subtle coconut, heat and sweet with perfectly done shrimp. Unfortunately they were out of 3 entrees, one of which I really wanted to try, but it all worked out fine - we had the Brazilian fish stew with Indian and the Strip Sirloin with goan chimichuri. The stew was fabulous - not really a curry or an obvious tomato broth, rather a rich combination of flavors that really combined Indian and Latin. If you thought Indian, then it felt like Indian, if you thought about a rich Peruvian fish stew thickened with potatoes, you could feel that. Unique.
The strip steak, medium requested, mid-rare on arrival had no obvious sauce - it was the marinade that left a hot salty almost crust on the steak. Really worked with the rich beef flavor. And between bites there were nice backed sweet potato chunks and a lightly, slightly vinegary spinach salad on the side.
Ambiance - it's DARK. Light over our table was out. Needed the iPhone to read menu. Not ADA compliant - no wheel chair access - important now that my wife is in one.
Definitely will return when next in Chicago.
Waiter service is Horrible! They may be nice people, but they give you BS excuses as to why it takes an hour to get your appetizer, then another hour to get your entrée. Food was decent. Nevertheless, the service is so bad, I give this restaurant about a year before they go out of business. Thank God I was with my wife and sister… I would be terribly embarrassed if I ever took any business client to a place like this.
This experience was way better than anything I had anticipated! My husband and I adore Asian Indian food. We were extremely impressed with the chef’s attention to detail – subtle flavorings and beautifully presented and tasty offerings. Marketa set the tone with her engaging and knowledgeable Welcome, her knowledge of the menu and the history of the restaurant. All in all we considered it to be extraordinary and we wanted to get back the next day for brunch but... meetings ran over and we were unable to. We will do it next time we are in town. Loved it so much! It’s gratitude.
It was great
This was one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever eaten! We chose this restaurant because it was close to our hotel and was reported to be vegan friendly. The server was incredibly accommodating and helped us pick out options that fit our dietary needs. The choices were amazing and we are still talking about the meal days later. The atmosphere was quiet yet sophisticated and was perfect after a long day of sight-seeing. We will make an effort to visit again on our next trip to Chicago!
The food was very good but I agree with prior reviews in that the service was inconsistent and they need to update the decor and vibe. Not the hot happening place it used to be. Almost empty at 7 on a Saturday
Below average food with insane prices.
Better of ordering indian take out don’t be fooled by the “unique” menu. Tamarind on everything!
The food and service were wonderful. My wife has some severe food allergies and they did a great job directing us to dishes she could eat as well as modifying some dishes as needed. We will definitely return.
The fusion of Indian and Latin food really gave our tastebuds a nice kick! We reliahed the food. The quantity was good for two people. The ambience not so much! They need to atleast het their fused lights fixed !
It was a fast service!
Overall our experience was good!
The food was excellent! Service was very slow, but we received 3 drinks on the house! They were very apologetic and I was a great night
Our waiter was very gracious but unfortunately the food service is super slow. It took them over 1 hour to serve food. We were expecting warm/hot food with how long we had waited but unfortunately it was warm at best. Our order was not complicated but still took so long. The menu features fancy dishes with fancy names but actual food served was average e.g. for Gobi Portuguese - coconut rice is regular white rice + cream of coconut served on the side (canned cream) and the cauliflower was undercooked. Also my dish was supposed to come with eggplant chips which they did not include. In short I paid $100 for 2 hrs dining, not all items served and semi cold food. Disappointing for Chicago downtown restaurant.
The food was good. The service was horrible. We sat there for at least 20-25 minutes before a server took our order.
Service was slow and unprofessional. Wait staff would disappear for 30 min at a time. Drinks and food brought out 1 by 1. Had to wait 15 min to be seated at a reservation at a mostly empty restaurant. They also have menus with different prices. Either way, over priced and terrible experince. Dont go.
Food was excellent. Love the food. Service was not. Took way too long. We had three different servers. Food was served and had to wait for 15 minutes for any kind of knife. Ordered wine, but another wine was served. Have no idea why. The server didn’t even show it to me before pouring it in all the glasses at the table. Don’t know if the wine was a different price than the one I ordered, because I never got an itemized bill. At the end, we were told the espresso machine was broken. So we ordered coffee and tea. After paying the bill, which included the coffee and tea presumably, the coffee and tea never came. So we left.
a good restaurant week trial! not disappointed! saw things on menu (tasting course with EIGHT things! yum!) that convinces us to go back! week night visit. it was slow, but ONE waitress, ONE bartender did dual roles to take care of everyone very well. If you go and service is slow, relax! the food is worth the wait.
never heard of Latin/Indian fusion, but they've done a fine job. Nice people there. hope they're around a long time and plenty of people discover them.
try the duck vindaloo and the tamarind ribs! both awesome! drink called "devil in the white city" is very metropolitan and goes so nicely with those delish churros for dessert! try this place!
The food was good; however, the service left us little to be desired. While it seemed like there were enough servers, there was a lack of organization and the food took forever to come. Moreover, we didn't seem to have a dedicated server, so it was confusing to figure out which person to ask for our requests.
Very creative cocktails. Nice presentation of food. Excellent service. Highly recommended.
Great tasting food but very very slow service from the kitchen. It was a weekday dinner with only one other group of 3 ladies at the restaurant. Yet the food took way above 20 minutes to arrive. We asked for one extra Naan order and that took another 30minutes to come. Wonder how they manage when it’s busier.
The food is good and so were the drinks, but could do with a change of decor!
It was amazing
2nd time in over 12 month period I had the same experience. We were the only customers (4ppl) in restaurant for duration of meal and the restaurant was freezing.
This place used to be more festive and fun, but was pretty quiet (dead for a Saturday night, relatively speaking). There didn't seem to actually be any waiters or waitresses - just a hostess and another manager type doing these duties. It took 15 minutes to even get someone to come over to us for our drink order. Service was at a snail's pace throughout and the lack of festive ambiance was very noticeable to say the least. Strange since the place only have 3-4 tables full of patrons?
We used to come here for special occasions, and even though the food is still very good (not amazing, but very good)... I'm afraid we can't recommend. They desperately need to overhaul their service, hire an actual bartender, update the decor, etc., if they want to be what they once were (and if they want to avoid closing their doors). It's depressing more than anything else, since it was once such a fun and interesting destination. Not sure if we'll be back, I'm sorry to say...!
It took nearly 20 minutes to get in our drink order after arriving - despite only 4 tables in use, there were no servers attending us. We had to wave emphatically to flag down a server.
The restaurant had the lighting set at the brightest. When we commented about it, we were told that it was because it was dark during the day (it's now 8PM at night), and they didn't do anything about it.
We used to be regulars at this restaurant. It was one of our favorite places to eat, but the service and ambiance have gone to hell. The food is still great, but quite out of place now.
Not worth the hype about Latin Indian food. I would rather go to Indian restaurant and get real Indian food.
Very good food. Very nice service (the waitress was alone but lovely). The only thing that the restaurant could do much better is the decoration / ambiance, which is really outdated and a little kitch. Not much would be required to modernize a lot the place.
We have been to Vermilion many times. They have a very interesting blend of Latin and Indian dishes that are found nowhere else. Often pretty spicey but not all. Very much worth going to. One of our favorite places.
We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and had dinner here. Absolutely wonderful staff who made us feel special. The drinks were outstanding and the food was delicious. We will be back for more.
Excellent vegan tasting menu. Upscale atmosphere. The restaurant still has problems with timing and inattentive service. Service, when you get it, is always very friendly and wonderful though. I think they are just understaffed.
Good food, but overpriced. Worth perhaps one trip, but I would not go again for dinner. The service was alsl a bit slow. The cocktails are really good though- recommend the mango and tamarind ones.
Fusion of Indian & Latin Food was flavorful, interesting, & savory. Staff was friendly & nice.
No other diners at 6pm on Sunday night after the Chicago Marathon when every other restaurant on the street was packed. Good+ food and good+ service but terrible atmosphere. The interior looks like a nightclub rather than a finer dining restaurant. The music was a local radio station with advertisements between songs. The presentation of some dishes is awkward. $10+ appetizers and $30+ main courses demand a better dining room and music.
Food was fabulous. We had 4 appetizers and an entree spit among 3 of us and it was just right. We went early so it was quiet but I have been late before and it can be noisy.
Food was excellent. Creative, flavorful, spicy without being spicy hot. Portions were good-sized. The service, while not rude, was not up to par.
We were pleasantly surprised by our meal at Vermilion! The food and delivery were very creative and definitely delicious. Our appetizer rolled out on a bicycle; so cute! We especially enjoyed the fusion flare in each dish and are certainly looking to coming back for the brunch dishes!
Wednesday night, light crowd. Service was terrible. I frequently patronized restaurants in the River north area. Will not be back here again.
This is our second time here and the food is amazing! There have never been more than 4 other tables occupied and I just don't understand why this place isn't busier. My husband and I are vegan and their vegan options are outstanding and really creative. We went with meat eaters and they loved their dishes, as well. The service is hit or miss and the bar is underwhelming, but the food more than makes up for it.
Worst service of any restaurant we have been to period .
We left after an hour and a half because our food hadn't come and we needed to be somewhere else. It took 45 minutes just to get a drink. Horrible horrible service will caution everyone not to go
Excellent service, unique and creative cuisine, charming yet hip decor - all adding up to a great experience.
Grossly overpriced and lacking in atmosphere....food was good and interesting but would not return3