Vermilion | River North | Indian/Pakistani, Latin American, Small Plates, Bar/Lounge | Restaurant
Indian-Latin fusion cuisine.

Our Review

There isn't really a philosophy behind Vermilion's fusion of Indian and Latin flavors -- owner Rohini Dey and executive chef Maneet Chauhan just happen to like both cuisines. There are 20 or so tapas that exemplify the concept, such as a duck vindaloo arepa or chipotle-corn vadas (an Indian croquette). Larger dishes are divided among fusiony selections--for example, an olive-crusted filet mignon with chimichurri and fenugreek-pepper sweet potatoes--and traditional Indian cuisine from Hyderabad. Especially intriguing are caldeirada de peixe, described as a traditional Amazonian stew of seafood and vegetables, and the miris Sri Lankan whole fish, prepared in a blend of 16 spices. One of the walls is painted bright red and hung with black-and-white photos shot by Indian fashion photographer Farrokh Chothia, and there's usually Latin or Indian lounge music playing. The highlight of the meal may be the wonderful smell of seasonings that fills the restaurant.

Laura Levy Shatkin

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