Saturday, July 11, 2009

Indian Cuisine in the Dayton area

I flew with a student early this morning, but had to cancel my noon flight, so I decided to check out the lunch buffet at Maharaja Indian restaurant in Beavercreek behind Sam's Club. One of my students had taken me there earlier in the week, and it was the first time I was even aware it existed. They don't have buffets in the evening, so I have terrific dinner serving of Chiken Tikka Masala and Peshawari naan. A month or so ago I had taken a friend on his first visit to Jeet India in Beavercreek. Towards the end of our time there, the line was nearly to the front door, so I was sad to see a restaurant with at least equal quality food that was completely empty at 12:30 on a Saturday afternoon. I can only hope the intense rain was keeping people at home.

I'm not very much into the lentil dishes, but there were plenty of vegetarian choices, including potatos and peppers in the same type of sauce as the Chicken Tikka Masala. The other chicken dishes were Chicken Curry, and Tandoori Chicken on a huge bed of onions. I have to admit, I prefer the spinach from Jeet India, but the naan at Maharaja is the superior of the two. Mahraja also offers a different cold bar, with fried cheese curd in syrup, a different flavor of "exotic" ice cream, and pineapple for dessert.

So now to the real reason I'm encourage anyone with a taste for Indian food in the area to give Maharaja a try. Both times I've been there the food and service have been terrific. The owner and staff are very friendly. "They" say when people have a good restaurant experience they tell just a few people, but then tell or 5 times that many people about a bad experience, so this is me telling as many people about a good place to because I'd like to see them do well, and selfishly want it to stay open, after having seen it so empty today.