Udupi Palace Restaurant
2543 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Mon - Thu
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Fri - Sat
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, American, Indian, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Vegetarian
Alcohol: Yes, No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Pets Allowed: No
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I took my friend who was starved for South Indian Thali to this supposedly good place based on the reviews online. It happened to be the day before 4 th July and we hoped for some great food if not any discount. We reached there little late because of the traffic at around 9.00pm. We were seated promptly by the guy and with `a la cart came the rude shock. Half of the items on the card were not available of them included the Thali too. Having driven all the way we decided to eat some thing instead of nothing. Vegetable biryani tasted like vegetable pulav and bissibella bath (sambar rice) had loads of capsicum making both unpalatable. The chole bhatura was reasonable. we ordered Mango lassi which never made it to our table but was conveniently billed. The service was pathetic and insensitive to the customer needs. I wonder what it takes to get some service here. Subtle eye contact to animated hand gestures ... nothing seemed to work. Bottom line: Go to this place if you cannot get food any where else
Went last night with my wife, our 3 month-old infant, and a friend. Total bill, 51 dollars:
Potato-""stuffed"" dosai: large crispy thin flatbread with a dollop of potatoes and folded over in half. The bread was nicely browned, fresh off the griddle and hot and crispy - its texture was the highlight of the meal. The potatoes were quite ordinary and unspectacular. The accompanying brown lentil sauce that was quite tasty and which I ate over rice after the dosai was eaten.
Muttar Paneer: Disappointing. Quite plain. Lacked a tangy tomato note. One dimensional. And did not have enough peas! Is this a North India dish? Perhaps it should be removed from the menu.
A burrito-like thing that had potatoes inside. Probably the same potatoes as in the dosai - boring. The outer wrapper was also quite plain. Not worth 3 dollars let alone 8 or 10.
Sweet and sour eggplant: Greasy! The eggplant was roasted in the tandoor but did not pick up any roasted or smoky flavor. Maybe would work as a thali dish.
Kulfis: we tried both the mango and pistachio. They were creamy and not too sweet, their flavors could have been more pronounced. Quite tasty but I doubt they were made in the restaurant.
There were side sauces that came in small thali dishes which were made with care and done well. I'm sorry I can't name them. I think they may be the strengths of the restaurant. This may be a place to order thali and nothing else. I'm sorry I didn't know that before I went. I tried getting recommendations from our server, but his English was quite weak, and I couldn't get my head out of North India mode quickly enough.
Nothing I ate aside from the texture of the dosai gave me the desire to return. But to be fair, I think I missed this restaurant's sweet spot.
The atmosphere was good. Indirect lighting, nice photography. Staff attentive, perhaps stared too much, although our baby is the cutest baby ever! Hope this helps.
I come here all the time with large groups to have massive amounts of very tasty vegetarian cuisine. I like to order the Royal Mysore Thali and a Dosa Thali to share with every 4 people or so.
It is BYOB and the staff is very accomodating with large parties.
If you're looking for authentic South Indian food, then your search ends at the Udipi Palace. There is excellent variety and you pay a very affordable price for the experience. This dine-in restaurant has a tasteful decor and the waiters were well trained and courteous. I visited on a Tuesday afternoon at 1pm and there was no wait to be seated. For those that can handle some heat, the Palak Dosa is a must. Also the Panneer Roll (north indian dish, really) was served with the most amazing date sauce I have ever tasted. I'm going there again today, this time with family. Can't wait.
Great vegetarian Indian Food at great prices --
and, it's BYOB. Service was attentive, friendly and helpful.
Somewhat limited choices, because only vegetarian but
what they have is wonderful, homecooking.
Yes, their food is good, but the service they provided to us really sucks!!! We were about to leave the restaurent. But not only that I tipped them at the end with my credit card when I come home to see my balanced they over charged me and I had the receit in front of me.
Watch out for the bills..............
Our family being big fans of good tasting South Indian food visited this restaurant with only normal expectations and not any mouth watering extravaganza but were completely disappointed with the quality of food served. The food ordered starting from Mulligawtany soup was of poor taste (I recommed the hotel find a better chef) to the Masala tea (tasting like hot water) and coffee (the milk was burnt) was poorly prepared. The mid portion Rava Dosa which is very difficult to mess up was partially uncooked and was made with a poor mix of flour.
We recommend that fans seeking South Indian food do not visit this restaurant and get disappointed like us. A BIG NO to this restaurant.
The food is fiery here and everything tastes great. But the menu is tough -- many of the items read quite similarly. Same for the bread items. You might be better off pointing at something ordered by another table.
I always loved this place in the past and suggested the same to everyone. However, in the 3 visits I noticed a gradual declie in the taste of the food, specially the 'Sambar' thats comes with all South Indian dishes. The service has always been above average but never execellent. The food quality is now on par with Mysore Woodlands across the road. So it is really upto you to make a pick. The price is still more reasonable than Mysore. But I would still recommend it friends who have not had an indian food for a long time.
If you have a craving for South Indian food - this is the place to go to. They only serve vegetarian items and have the best iddlis, dosais, vadas, uttapams and upmas in town!! They serve great coconut chutney and sambhar (although toned down to suit Western tastes) and they have the entire range of appetizers like bondas, cutlets and pooris to complement their selection. Perhaps the only items missing are masala vadas and Kerala items like thoran and appams. They have opened a new restaurant in the Schaumburg area which is a testament to their staying power and good food.
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