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Cumin

Indian Restaurant$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • Thrillist
    ThrillistAugust 6, 2014
    We won't blame you if you wanna get in on everything at this authentic Wicker Park 70-seater's Nepalese lunch buffet, where you'll likely get delicious saag with corn or paneer, and allll the samosas. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 9, 2013
    Authentic Indian south of Devon can be tough to find. Throw in Nepalese, an array of curries, platters, and cocktails and you might not go back up north. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Seun A.
    Seun Adeniji3 weeks ago
    The food was great, I went for the lunch buffet with some friends and had a great time. The rice pudding was a pleasant surprise and the chicken tika was superb. I really enjoyed their naan as well.
  • Marty D.
    Marty DiamondDecember 28, 2013
    All the food was delicious and they have a very impressive knowledge of their menu. I have a lot of food allergies and felt as safe as could be since the manager told me what was in everything.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 18, 2013
    Authentic Indian south of Devon can be tough to find. Throw in Nepalese, an array of curries, platters, and cocktails and you might not go back up north.
  • Marisa R.
    Marisa RuizJune 20, 2013
    They have a lunch buffet but not a dinner buffet, FYI. Had great service and love that it feels very classy and clean. I do prefer the chicken tikka masala from India House tho. Still good!
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BrieloffFebruary 13
    The food here is incredible! The garlic naan is a perfect appetizer. I'd suggest getting an entree and splitting it, as there is plenty of food to share.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The tamarind and mint chutneys may be reason alone to visit Cumin. But, wait, the menu offers a dozen different breads and Nepalese dishes, all prepared by Chef Min Thapa. - Inspector
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy HixonMarch 25
    I tried a couple of the Nepalese dishes, the goat was super tasty. Everything I tried was well prepared and delicious. Try the dumplings!
  • Myra R.
    Myra RubinSeptember 10, 2010
    Loved!!! Kingfisher, chxn momo,shrimp or lamb vindaalu (super spicy!), fish/chxn tikka masala. I'm always overwhelmed w/menus @Indian restaurants. Will go back n try buffet or w/knowledgable friend
  • Randall N.
    Randall NuferSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The goat biryani and chicken sahi korma are excellent. But the heat was a little extreme and did a number on my digestive system. Ask the waiter if they can lower the spices to medium or mild.
  • Angie G.
    Angie GiacchettiNovember 10, 2012
    Absolutely fantastic. Came on Saturday and they have a buffet. I normally don't do buffets but the food just looked and smelled so good...and it WAS!
  • Louis K.
    Excellent Indian food! I prefer mild dishes, but if you want spicy, there's plenty of options too!
  • Bill S.
    Bill SindewaldMay 13, 2015
    Go for Lunch! $13 for a lunch buffet with fresh pita. Everything I had was amazing!
  • Sandy T.
    Sandy TangJuly 27, 2013
    The Black Forest is a lovely and delicious drink composed of pear, elderflower and violet flavors.
  • Harish K.
    Harish KrishnaOctober 4, 2014
    They dont have momos for lunch which is crazy! Biryani is mediocre at best (I'm a biryani snob)! Chicken 65 couldve been better. Pistachio kulfi is amazing though.
  • Bhavin G.
    Bhavin GandhiFebruary 9
    Legit Indian food. I think every Indian as well as non Indian will love the food here
  • Don W.
    Don WyperAugust 21, 2014
    Best Indian food I've had in Chicago. Be ready if you ask for extra spicy!
  • Elena S.
    Elena SAugust 8, 2010
    AMAZING WEEKEND LUNCH BUFFET! a much better deal than coming for one entree of the same price during dinner! Very traditional, v yum!
  • Vikram R.
    The Chana masala was amazing. Definitely get naan and paratha to go with it
  • Tracy H.
    Very tasty appetizers. I tried a Nepalese special, spicy and aromatic. Loved it!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerMay 18, 2011
    'Fleur Nepalese' @ Cumin, 1414 Milwaukee Ave: Ransom Old Tom, hum, St. Germain, Lychee, Lime--Sublime with the best Nepalese Food in Chicago
  • Aubre
    AubreAugust 8, 2014
    This place is SO good. Legit Indian food and always ranks tops in the city.
  • Connor G.
    Connor GApril 30
    The vegetarian samosas were great, as were the lamb curry and chicken tikka masala!
  • Art M.
    Art MedinaNovember 9, 2014
    Butter chicken is always good. It may be the only dish that is good for the heart. I d5know what I mean by that.
  • Jina S.
    Jina SonApril 23, 2011
    Great food. One of the best naans in the city. Super slow service. Better off with delivery or lunch buffet.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BOctober 9, 2011
    Ask Dipesh at the bar to make you as Black Forest. He is the drink mastah.
  • Pauly G.
    Pauly GNovember 11, 2015
    If your feeling adventurous and like the heat, get the vindaloo!
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy HixonApril 15
    delicious samosas and I tried a nepalese special, spicy but not overwhelming.
  • Logan B.
    Logan BeauxMay 16, 2011
    The Chaat samosa was the best 5 bucks I've spent at Indian restaurant in a long time.
  • Leon Q. A.
    The poori and Paneer Chilli Fry is SENSATIONAL!!!
  • Kenichi I.
    Kenichi IshizakiMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Chicken Tikka. Great place. Great service.
  • Tanya
    TanyaJanuary 2, 2011
    a bit pricey, but large portions you can share & save for leftovers. lots of naan options!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WOctober 23, 2010
    Better food off Devon for the price, but if you get the lunch buffet it seems like the best deal.
  • Kaitlin V.
    Kaitlin V.May 30, 2014
    the lamb kebab tandoor is delicious.
  • Bill
    BillMarch 3, 2015
    Damn near everything is worth putting in your face!
  • Tony C.
    Tony CimbaljevichAugust 25, 2011
    The lamb naan appetizer is excellent.
  • Alison
    AlisonNovember 28, 2010
    The $12-13 (weekday-weekend) lunch buffet was tasty, but had less options than India House downtown. Check your bill - ours had 20% tax on it.
  • Gunesh P.
    Gunesh PatilMarch 27, 2014
    Awesome Paneer Naram Garam Pakora!
  • Nandika D.
    Nandika DoobayMay 16, 2010
    Try the chicken momos as an appetizer along with a Flying Horse beer!
  • Bryn R.
    Bryn RichAugust 21, 2012
    I echo the love for the tamarind and mint chutneys!
  • James F.
    James FloresJune 19, 2010
    Lunch buffet was delicious! Definitely try the palak paneer
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 3, 2012
    Try the Chicken Malai Tikka
  • David M.
    David MayMay 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome food. Wait staff very good, too.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MajamakiAugust 16, 2011
    Try Roti, the whole wheat naan!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJune 20, 2011
    The chicken dishes are very tender and tasty.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RibbleDecember 8, 2012
    Curry Lamb and Firefly Martini!
  • P. F.
    P. F.July 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    America's best nepalese restaurant
    Upvoted Oct 24
  • Suman P.
    Suman PathakApril 8, 2012
    My Bud works here so keep coming!
  • Noah M.
    Noah ManionAugust 7, 2014
    Excellent lunch buffet
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