7070 Miller Lane
Dayton, Ohio, OH 45414
Now with two locations in Dayton, Amar India is an Indian food restaurant with a focus on a more upscale Indian food experience. Owned by Surjit Singh Mattu, the two restaurants complement the group’s Beavercreek restaurant and buffet Jeet India, which is more of a casual kind of location. Here, you’re served by a waiter and choose from a smaller but robust menu of dishes that have a deeper character and flavor profiles. While at first intimidating to sit down and choose from so many kinds of food that might not be familiar, the end result is still a great dining experience.
Each dish has a lot of great dishes. Among things I enjoyed:
- Aloo Choley: A chickpea-based dish with chunks of potatoes that doesn’t include meat. Instead it’s served with a nice, hot spiced sauce that softens the chickpeas a little bit and makes them very pleasant.
- Chicken Matar: Another curry-based dish with little chunks of chicken and peas. The sauce is nice and butterey but not too sweet, which makes this nice with jasmine rice or some naan.
- Aloo Gobi: Another interesting vegetarian dish that features potatoes and cauliflowers cooked with spices. It’s just a little spicy but the texture of the dish is just so interesting.
- Chicken Tikka Masala: Of course, one of the most favorite and familiar Indian-inspired dishes in the western world. The marinated chicken recipe is served in a sweeter and creamy curry sauce alongside tomatoes and onions. Sweeter than your average version of this dish, but still great.
The restaurant is pleasantly a pretty simple experience. The Miller Lane location lets you sit down and be served in a clean and painless environment. The original Dayton Mall location does in fact feature a buffet. End result either way is that the food you have here ends up being pretty good.
Dayton has a surprising number of Indian restaurants, and they are definitely of differing levels of quality. Amar India, probably the most visible as a result of its advertising, gives a decent introduction to the world of Indian food, but balances that with adapting to the local tastes and customs. That’s a nice thing to see. All told, this place offers a very good menu and a welcoming experience. It’s worth a try.
- There is a lunch menu in the north location, while the south location has a buffet.
- The dishes here are a bit on the sweeter end and tend to be less spicy compared with typical Indian food.
- There are some specials available on the website for discounts.