The area's best ramen can be had at Santouka in the food court at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights. 100 E. Algonquin Rd.
Also on Algonquin Road, in Rolling Meadows, is Chef Ping. Very good Chinese, with a Korean twist. The housemade noodles are especially good. 1755 Algonquin Rd.
Thanks to all for the replies. We did try Chef Ping last week and enjoyed it.
A great selection of dishes, well prepared. I had the spicy seafood stew and it was the right level of spiciness - they didn't try and tone it down. It arrived in an iron pot (too big to be a bowl) filled with picked vegetables and fish with a nice, spicy sauce. My companions had cashew chicken, which was good but boring, but that's the nature of the dish, and a vegetarian pad Thai which was very good, with just the right amount of sweetness and good crunch from the veggies.
I am very happy with the selection and quality of the restaurants in Schaumburg. We've eaten Indian, American Grill, Malaysian, and Chinese/Asian.
Indian: Chopsticks by India House has great Indian food and good Chinese food with Indian influences. This is some of the best Indian food I've had. All dishes were good, but one dish I hadn't had before was a carrot curry (I forget the type) which was superb. The portions are large, the standard Indian food is well prepared and there are opportunities to explore outside the typical curries and tandoor meats. One of the dishes was a goat curry and the goat was prepared perfectly - it's hard to do without the meat getting tough and stringy. We also tried a fusion of Indian and Chinese from the Chinese menu called Jade Pillows which were fried paneer balls in a soy based sauce - an interesting combination.
We've been to Wildfire grill which was better than I expected. The meats were good, the fish was cooked correctly, and the bread was delicious. One of my companions was vegetarian and he was disappointed with the veggie sandwich, so vegetables are not the focus of this restaurant.
I tried Penang on Algonquin and liked it enough to bring others to investigate. I haven't had Malay food much, so I'm quite curious how it differs from Thai or Chinese. They had a roti with curry dipping sauce appetizer that was worth returning for. I tried the beef ribs they had on special, but it wasn't what I was expecting. The sauce was good, but the meat was sliced 1/2" blades and was tough and stringy. The sauce was good enough to make we want to return to experiment with other dishes.
Finally, we've been to Big Bowl a couple of times, and while it's a chain, the food it produces is reliably delicious and the service has been attentive and kind.
Shaw's Crab House for seafood. www.shawscrabhouse.com
There are two good Thai restaurants nearby. Taste of Thai is in Hoffman Estates, just west of Schaumburg. www.tasteofthaihoffmanestates.com altThai is in Arlington Heights, just northeast of Schaumburg. www.altthai.com
For creative Mexican cuisine, Salsa 17 is also in Arlington Heights, just northeast of Schaumburg. www.salsa17.com
For great Italian, Sergio's is in Itasca, just southeast of Schaumburg. www.sergioscucina.com