Indian restaurant specializes in Hyderabadi cuisine

TamarindÊIndianÊCuisine,Ê4250ÊFoxÊValleyÊCenterÊDrive,ÊisÊlocatedÊalongÊNewÊYorkÊStreetÊinÊtheÊold Fuddruckers,ÊandÊshort-livedÊFoxÊValleyÊBuffet. |  Marissa Amoni~For Sun-Times Media
Tamarind Indian Cuisine recently opened outside of Fox Valley Mall and features a lunch buffet. |  Marissa Amoni~For Sun-Times Media
Plainfield couple VijayÊKothakondaÊandÊAnupamaÊSetty opened TamarindÊIndianÊCuisine,Ê4250ÊFoxÊValleyÊCenterÊDrive, inÊearly November.Ê|  Marissa Amoni~For Sun-Times Media

Fans of Indian cuisine will be delighted a new spot is serving authentic and tasty dishes just west of Route 59 in Aurora.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine, 4250 Fox Valley Center Drive, sits along New York Street in the old Fuddruckers and short-lived Fox Valley Buffet.

Husband and wife team, Vijay Kothakonda and Anupama Setty, opened the specialty restaurant in early November. The Plainfield couple serves what they call “cosmopolitan cuisine” at the restaurant, which they completely remodeled with contemporary and pop-culture elements.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Kothakonda, who also cooks in the kitchen. Kothakonda said he and his wife both came from technology careers, and after having children, they are excited to start a new adventure with the restaurant.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine specializes in Hyderabadi cuisine, an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian dishes hailing from the Indian capital city of Hyderabad.

A lunch buffet is available during the day and includes an ice cream station with six different kinds of ice cream. A full dinner menu is available during the evening.

The main dining area is a colorful treat with framed Indian comic book art and other vibrant wall coverings. The restaurant also offers a 100-seat banquet area and bar adjacent from the central buffet area.

Learn more about Tamarind Indian Cuisine at or 630-375-1600.

Find chef in Aurora

If you’ve wondered where the former executive chef at Sugar Toad in Naperville went, you’ll find him at Chef Amaury at 33 West in Aurora.

“We have a whole new back of the house staff,” said Chef Amaury Rosado in a recent Chef Amaury at 33 West newsletter.

“Chef Keith Willis brings over 25 years of experience to our kitchen,” Rosado wrote.

Willis has worked for Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., and Charlie Trotter in Chicago. About a year ago, he was the executive chef at Sugar Toad in Naperville.

Rosado also announced the hiring of Avery Taylor. Taylor joined Chef Amaury’s culinary staff last month.

“He brings over 30 years experience into our kitchen,” Rosado said.

Rosado added that he is excited about the new culinary creations they have in store. The three-star-rated restaurant also hosts popular monthly dinners. In February, they will host a Journeyman Distillery cocktail dinner featuring five courses paired with Journeyman spirits and cocktails.

For reservations, call the restaurant at 630-375-0426, or find them on Facebook as “Chef Amaury’s Epicurian Affair.” Also visit

By Marissa Amoni

For Sun-Times Media

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