D^licious Crêpes & Rõti
A fusion of Indian and French street fare in Bartlett
D^licious Crêpes & Rõti has merited the loyalty of local diners ever since this curious blend of Mediterranean and Indian cuisine debuted in late 2014.
Diners admire the fusion menu, which brings together popular street foods of France and India. Creative bistro dishes run the gamut from tandoori burritos and kathi rolls (Indian flatbread) to sweet and savory crêpes.
The venue occupies an unassuming spot in a strip mall a hop and a skip from the Metra stop in downtown Bartlett. Seating capacity is limited to about 25 indoors while a seasonal patio adds room for another 14 customers.
One can order any dish on the menu regardless of the time of day. And the experience won’t break the bank. The most expensive entrée goes for $12.75, with most priced in the $10 range.
Dishes are made in-house using spices shipped from India.
A recent meal starred lamb karahi, a substantial northern Indian flatbread stuffed with lamb, garbanzo beans, red onions and tamarind chutney, served with homemade raita — a
yogurt sauce. Equally flavorful was a companion’s humus-topped Mediterranean crêpe, one of 10 signature crepes. Her dish was filled with roasted chicken breast, crumbled feta, tomato and red onion.
Other savory crêpe fillings include ham and cheese, shrimp scampi, spinach and artichoke, and sriracha duck confit. High marks to the hard-to-resist blueberry lemon curd dessert crêpe.
On request, D^licious Crepes & Roti will convert a dish to vegetarian or gluten-free.
Portions were large enough to share or box up for a second meal at home.
Alcohol isn’t on offer, but you won’t miss it. The beverage service includes sweetened, flavored iced coffee (beans imported from Paris) and chai (herbal tea) that’s especially refreshing this time of year.
Still other beverage options include fruit juices and soft drinks. Check out the cafe’s lassi, a traditional homemade Indian yogurt smoothie: sweet, mango or salted masala ginger.
Dessert fans also will want to consider a gelato smoothie prepared with avocado, banana, mango or strawberries. Or, for what the menu describes as “a decadent espresso float,” order the D^licious Affogatto, a tasty treat involving a scoop of gelato topped with a shot of hot espresso.
Seven breakfast crêpes give diners plenty of choices. Steak and eggs, for example, brings together scrambled eggs, seared steak, mozzarella and aioli. Another tempting version matches up the eggs with Parisian ham, goat cheese, honey, walnuts, portobello mushrooms and baby spinach.
D^licious takes a minimalist approach to decor, papering its walls with travel posters and the like. Instead, the focus stays where it counts the most — on the quality of the food it serves and the courteous and knowledgeable wait staff.
225 S. Main St., Bartlett
Mediterranean crêpe; lamb karahi; blueberry lemon curd crêpe
Breakfast: $7.25 - $9.25
Lunch: $9.25 - $12.75
Desserts: $6 - $10.25
Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gluten free options, outdoor patio, street parking