Friday Five: Indian

DusmeshAh, Indian food. Clifton is to Indian food as Hyde Park is to Thai and Sushi. However, I’m finding recently that great Indian restaurants have escaped the “college food” stigma and have moved into other areas of the city. These are my favorites– in no particular order.

1. Amma’s Kitchen (Roselawn): The only South Indian, all-vegetarian restaurant on this list, but the spices are so heady and the flavors so unique that you won’t miss the meat, promise. I love their podli idli (little spiced rice cakes) and masala dosas (spiced potatoes in a thin pancake).   It’s probably my favorite. So maybe this one is in order.

2. Bombay Brazier (Blue Ash): a high end Indian restaurant if there ever was one, the chef is a presence around the dining room and provides Indian cooking lessons in collaboration with yogahOMe. The staff is very well versed in the menu, and will help you to pick a protein that works well with your favorite sauce. Their Bombay naan (almost dessert, filled with dried mango) and lighter, less creamy version of chicken makhani are two favorites.

3. Shaan India (Oakley): So they have a lunch buffet– don’t judge.  The management takes pride in that buffet and everything is delicious– you can even find delicacies like goat curry that you’d never find on another buffet in town.  Delicious.

4. Dusmesh (Northside):  This little, unassuming restaurant has some big flavors.  A full review is coming, but my favorite dishes– saag paneer and chicken makhani– were both flavorful, and the onion naan chock-full of onions (and huge).

5. Jungle Jim’s (Fairfield):  What?  That’s not a restaurant!  No, it isn’t, but it has the best selection of Indian groceries in town, so you can try your hand at making your own curries and Indian food.  I really love buying tandoori paste there to coat boneless chicken breasts– a quick taste of India in my own kitchen.


What’s your favorite?