A prominent Indian food buffet in the Beavercreek neighborhood of Dayton, Jeet India, and its companion restaurant in the south market Amar India, offer a ton of options for Indian food for an audience that is not otherwise familiar with it. The cuisine isn’t what I would consider authentic; the food is more tailored to a western palette but those favorite dishes of Indian cuisine shine through. The restaurant is clean and nice inside, and the food isn’t bad, so this restaurant is a good first step to trying a new kind of cuisine.
- Saag: A sauteed dish of spinach, collared greens, mustard greens and other greens. The saag is great with naan, but overall the dish is a little sweeter than is typical. Still good.
- Dal Makhani: Black lentils, red kidney beans, butter and cream are the hallmark of this dish, which has a very creamy savory taste.
- Chole Masala: A chickpea-based dish with a spicy and dry flavor. Not as spicy as the dish tends to be, but it’s still pretty good.
- Egg Bhuna: These deviled eggs are cooked in a curry dish that makes them soft and just wonderful.
- Tandoori Chicken: Pieces of chicken cooked with onions and green peppers, intended to be a bit drier, though this dish is a bit too dry.
- Curry chicken: A favorite in Indian cuisine, the chicken is cut in big chunks and served in a nice and buttery curry sauce. I prefer it a little spicier.
- Chicken Tikka Masala: Of course a favorite dish in the West, the Tikka Masala is savory and comes with thick sauce, a bit more buttery and sweet but not bad.
The dishes in general favor creamy sauces and sweeter dishes over the spicy, curry flavors that make Indian cuisine good, but that also probably is better suited to an inexperienced Midwestern crowd. So that suits the clientele well. As a buffet, the dishes can at times be dried out if they sit for too long under a heat lamp, but still pleasant.
In all, the restaurant intends to be an approachable taste to Indian cuisine. With its strong commercial presence locally, it’s one of the more prominent places where you can go to do so. The food is familiar, and at least similar to the staples of good Indian food. But it is a good experience.
- The buffet is the main attraction, and the dishes can be pretty good there, but there is also a full menu of other dishes.
- The restaurant also does banquets and catering if that suits you.
- The food is sweeter and less spicy as Indian food goes, but still approachable.