Arya Bhavan has been a favorite Indian food destination for vegans and omnivores alike since they first opened their doors on Devon Street’s “Little India” section in 1998. With their warm and helpful service, wide variety of North and South Indian dishes, and emphasis on fresh, lively flavors, there really is no place on Devon Street quite like Arya Bhavan.
Going on the weekends, too, when there is a lunch and dinner buffet has also spoiled me for life. As someone who has been eating at Indian restaurants since my teen years, I can say that the food prepared here is a step above the rest: you can get the classics like samosas and chana masala (spicy chick peas) but you can also try food you won’t see anywhere else but here, creative and unique dishes bursting with fresh vegetables and savory sauces. Another really nice feature of Arya Bhavan’s food is that it’s lighter and less oily than much of what one would typically find at other Indian restaurants.
Although diners can order from their extensive menu throughout the week, as I said, it’s really all about the buffet as far as I’m concerned. With a 20-foot-long buffet with more than 25 items, you can get your fill of luscious Indian comfort food: from breads to soups, various curries to sweets, Arya Bhavan leaves no stone unturned. Chef-owner-hostess and all-around lovely person Kirti Sheth will happily talk you through all items on the buffet. At just $10.99 for an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, it is a fantastic value for Indian food lovers.
Excitingly, too, there’s even more to love about Arya Bhavan starting March 3, when they will be ditching the dairy permanently and become Chicago’s first all-vegan Indian restaurant. That’s right: This means that from now on, all the breads, entrées, desserts, lassis and everything else will be free of animal products. Arya Bhavan will be kicking off their new status with a Vegan Chicago dine-out on March 3 at 3:00.
Kirti is also continuing with her popular raw Indian buffet on Monday nights, too, for $20.00 (I sampled her lemon bar recently and it was stupendous) as well as incorporating more gluten-free foods onto their menu. Arya Bhavan is really distinguishing itself from the other Indian restaurants in town by responding to the demand for quality, more health-oriented, all-vegan cuisine. Let’s show our appreciation for their efforts by throwing our support behind this amazing restaurant.
Arya Bhavan is located at 2508 W. Devon. Their phone number is 773-274-5800.