Indian food.. some people love it, some people cringe, others have never had it. Being Food Adventurers means we try and experience many culinary things in life, some out of our comfort zone. Enter Amar India, one of the fancier Indian restaurants in Dayton, located across from the Dayton Mall.
The Big Ragu and Crew have developed a taste for Indian food over the years, and for us it started with Amar India. If you have never tried Indian cuisine, let us recommend this restaurant for your American pallet.
A great way to experience some Indian food and see what you like, is to go to their buffet lunch, where you can sample a number of dishes (usually appetizers and chicken and vegetarian entrees). The buffet lunches are fairly cheap and again it is a great way to get a variety of items. Dinner at Amar India is ordered off the menu only. Amar India’s menu is fairly extensive, but to sort it out, the dishes are basically four types: vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and fish. Each dish may be ordered on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the spiciest.
Our latest visit to Amar India started with our incredibly friendly and passionate waiter, Regendier. He welcomed us and recommended a few menu items and was happy to be a part of our Food Adventure article and photos. In our conversations with him, he shared his love for food, Indian culture, and Pro-Wrestling. After some fun conversation, your humble F decided to order.
We started out with an appetizer, ood AdventurersVegetable Pakora. For all intents and purposes it is a vegetable fritter or hushpuppy. The Big Ragu was ecstatic because the item was deep fried. We explored the accompanying sauces. This appetizer was served with a tray with 3 cups of sauces. The sauces were a green mint sauce, a spicy chunky sauce, and a sweet bbq-like sauce. We thought the mint sauce was the best.
Then we saw a sight for sore eyes. Our waiter was bringing out an order of our favorite side item, Garlic Nan Bread. Amar India offers different types of Nan bread, which are homemade pita breads with different flavored ingredients cooked right into the bread. We cannot stress enough, that an order of Garlic Nan bread is a MUST. When coming to Amar India, we can’t function without it.
We have always had a love for an Indian dish called Saag Paneer. It is a funny sounding dish, with a big taste. It is fresh homemade cheese cubes cooked in spinach & light cream. It was a perfect storm of spice and flavor.
The Big Ragu ordered Fish Masala. This dish is marinated fish, pan fried with tomatoes, curry and cream. Ragu ordered spice level 4 and was sweating the whole meal. The dishes are all served in oval metal bowls that look small, but the food is filling. They serve the meals with a white rice that has some Indian flavor. We were both stuffed after dinner.
Our check arrived with a candy treat, small little fennel pellets. They taste like licorice, or as Ragu said “mini good-n-plenty.” We asked our waiter if he would take a photo with us after the dinner. He told us his heritage was Punjabi, and he primped his moustache before the picture by curling it with his hands. He smiled, flexed and helped us cap off a great night with a few laughs.
Whether you have acquired a taste for Indian food or not, you really need to give Amar India a chance. The dinners are reasonable at $13-$16 on average for the unique dining experience. If you have not been there, it will be an experience your tastebuds won’t soon forget.
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