I was incredibly excited when I was invited to dine at Marigold Maison Indian Cuisine in Bannockburn. I visited India three years ago and fell in love with the country, its people and their food. I walked in and wore a silver snake bracelet I bought in Orchha, India and a red scarf I bought outside the Taj Mahal in Agra.
I walked into this beautifully decorated restaurant with light green and golden yellow walls adorned with exquisite portraits of spices and streetscapes from India taken by Marigold Maison’s Executive Chef Sunil.
As a vegetarian, I enjoy the Indian cuisine because there are many options. I entered this establishment with a very hungry belly and walked out with a very satisfied stomach.
I began my delicious journey with a mango lassi. It was a perfect combination of mango, yogurt, milk and rose water. I wanted to savor that drink so I took small sips of it throughout my meal and enjoyed it all until the very end.
In between sipping my chilled mango lassi, I was treated to a great amount of appetizers. I sampled their lentil soup that was as delicious in Illinois as it was in India. I tried lentil cake for the first time, which was my favorite. It featured potato, ginger, turmeric, chili, onion, ginger and Indian spices.
After my lentil cake, I was served seared eggplant and seared tofu (pictured above). I am not a fan of eggplant, but Marigold Maison has changed my mind to make me enjoy it. My second favorite food of the evening was the seared tofu that was displayed so perfectly with colorful spiced dipping sauces. As if that wasn’t enough, a plate of paneer pakora, a cottage paneer cheese, was placed in front of me and it was superb.
Ever since I returned home from India, I have been visiting various Indian restaurants and always order dal makhani for my entrée. Marigold Maison hit the nail on the head with the best dal makhani in Chicago land. It was scrumptious and was served with garlic naan bread that gave it that extra oomph to this yummy dinner. Their dal makhani consists of the following ingredients: black urda lentil, chana lentil, red kidney beans simmered with ginger, garlic, tomato, cream, and cumin seed.
Throughout my dining experience, Executive Chef Sunil delivered his creations. Sunil moved to the United States in 1990 from the Indian providence of Punjab.
As an avid photographer, I was highly impressed with his photographs adorning the walls as if Marigold Maison doubled as a restaurant and a photographic art gallery.
Marigold Maison is home to a private dining room good for plenty of private functions and a pretty bar perfect for drinking divine cocktails. They plan to add Indian cooking classes and movie and karaoke nights as well.
This beautiful restaurant has an amazing outdoor patio that seats over 70 people comfortably and can easily hold 110 people inside, during those really hot summer nights and during our cold winters.
Marigold Maison is located in the Bannockburn Green Shopping Center on the southeast corner of Half Day Road and Waukegan Road and their hours are below.
Served daily: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Sunday through Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM