Hours: Lunch, dinner: Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Saturday
All-vegetarian small plates in a space that's hipper than most on Devon.
With a coffeehouse look thats hipper than the usual Devon Avenue banquet hall decor and brightly spiced, fresh-tasting food, Uru-Swati was my pick for best vegetarian restaurant in the Reader's Best of Chicago 2008. Fried items like samosas and pakoras as well as the extensive array of chaat (snacks) like bhel puri are lighter and less greasy than at most Indian spots. Vegetable curries are hearty, and even better if you solicit the staffs advice about pairing them with particular breads--try the cheese-and-pea paneer bhurji with the fiery vegetable uttapam, dotted with tiny diced chiles, and order a fresh lime soda to cool the heat. The only problem seems to be persistent doubt on the part of staff that non-South Asians will really want food as hot and authentic as they it enjoy themselves; talk your way past that and whether or not you leave healed, as the new-agey slogan ("Healing through food") promises, youll certainly leave well fed.
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