Hearty Ethnic Cuisine That Hits The Spot
By Brian P. Sharp
When I decided to review an Indian restaurant in town, I had no idea how different they would be. I must admit that I had my doubts since many of these establishments are located in shopping centers. Certainly there are a number of mediocre options out there, but one in particular rose above the fray: Jeet India in Fairborn.
From the outside, Jeet India looks like many others – in a shopping center. Once inside my impression changed immediately. I found mirrored walls, a grand piano, a full bar, tables with tablecloths and the rich scents of ethnic cooking.
My friend and I were greeted by a friendly host and taken to a table, though there are booth options as well. The server came to the table to take our drink orders while we looked at the menu. It took some time to truly review all of the options. There are 16 appetizer options, three soups and three salads to peruse before you even read about the entrees! There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees. Some entrees are filled simply with vegetables and others featuring chicken, lamb, shrimp or fish. There are also Tandoori options that include yogurt and some of those that are cooked in a clay oven. Don’t fret – there are dessert options too. Entrees range from $9.50 to $17.00. There are a couple options for people like me that simply couldn’t narrow down the selection. They are, for lack of a better word, sampler dinners. These dishes feature a couple of appetizer options, bread, a side dish, three entrees and a dessert – this option is called the Non-Vegetarian Special Thal dinner, for only $17 and served on a silver platter – with no substitutions allowed. My friend and I both decided the “sampler dinner” was the way to go. However, I couldn’t resist adding the tomato soup that was on the menu as well. First to arrive was the tomato soup made with a touch of homemade cheese. The soup was creamy with a sweet flavor and nicely complemented by the homemade cheese. I truly could have ordered more! If you are a tomato soup lover like me this
is a must!
Our appetizer samplers were served with three chutney options: mild, warm and hot. Don’t be afraid to try all three. One appetizer was a potato option and the other a vegetable fritter – both can be complemented with the chutneys. Next, dinner was served. Everything arrived on the aforementioned silver platter, which reminded me a bit of a school lunch tray. However, nothing about this meal could be likened to a school lunch. The entrees were rich in flavor (the server will ask just how spicy you want your dinner). The lamb was served tender and delicious in a rich curry sauce. The chicken tandoori was served on the bone seasoned and with crisp vegetables. The vegetable – mater paneer – was a mix of homemade cheese, peas and spices in a rich sauce. Two bread options were also served. Desert consisted of a fried cheese ball served in honey syrup.
Trust me, when ordering the “sampler dinner” – you will not leave hungry.
Although I had dinner, a lunch buffet is served seven days a week featuring soups, appetizers, rice, fresh baked Nan (a flat bread), four vegetarian entrees, three non-vegetarian entrees, salad, homemade chutneys and desserts. The lunch buffet ($6.99) is a perfect way for someone to try many options while getting acquainted with Indian food.
Jeet India is certainly an Indian restaurant you don’t want to miss. Remember, if Indian food is new to you, simply stop by and enjoy the lunch buffet.
Who wants to join me for some tomato soup complemented with homemade cheese? I can’t wait to go back!
Jeet India is located at 2632 Colonel Glen Hwy., Fairborn. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (lunch); Monday-Thursday
5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 p.m.;
Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (dinner). For more information, call (937) 431-8881 or visit online at www.JeetIndiaDayton.com
Reach DCP dining critic Brian P. Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org