Don’t let some bad humor in our title dissuade you from diving deeper here to explore an amazing, locally-owned (of course!) gem of a restaurant. Whether it’s a lunch, dinner or brunch buffet, Aab India Restaurant is worth
the trip to Grandview!
When we were kids in Ohio farm country, Indian flavors weren’t familiar to our youthful palates. Corn on the cob? Yes. Green beans from the garden? Yes. A beef burger from a local farmer? Yes. Chicken covered in yogurt and spices roasted for hours in a clay oven? New to us!
But being fans of tasty and spicy food, we’ve grown fond of Indian fare over the past couple of years. Columbus has lots of great Indian dining options, but when it’s time to sit down for a big curry nosh, we tend to walk into and wobble out of Aab India Restaurant. Walk into 1470 Grandview Avenue and the smell immediately sets the mood for the great dining ahead.
If you’re feeling like variety, there’s a daily buffet Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and weekends from noon until 3 p.m. We recommend the buffet since it contains many of our must-have favorites. For a starter,
the flat, oven-roasted naan bread is excellent and the garlic-stuffed naan adds some nice extra flavor, but the three chutney sauces available (mint, a quite-spicy onion and a tangy sweet and sour) are amazing. You’ve gotta try them all, and also try mixing them.
For the vegetarian, we suggest the Aloo Choley, featuring garbanzo beans and potatoes, or the Saag Paneer with cheese cubes cooked in spinach and cream. Even though The Taste Buds are both carnivores, these are great for variety. The Tandoori Chicken with its trademark red color is exceptional and is an Aab India specialty.
The one item that we both heartily agree on (and elbow each other out of the way to grab the buffet spoon for) is Aab’s Chicken Tikka Masala. If you aren’t familiar, Tikka Masala contains yogurt, tomato, coriander and other spices (as best our not-so-refined taste buds can discern.) It’s got just the right level of spice to bring a good, mild-to-medium heat. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the lamb, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and spice combination: Lamb Jalfrezi.
Don’t avoid Indian food if you’re more timid about spicy foods. There are plenty of options that involve spices without heat. Well, so we’ve heard. Being heat-spice junkies, we opt for the more pore-opening choices.
Now with all this fancy food, we suggest the fancy beverage “jal barpha.” That’s our rough translation for “ice water.” In reality, there’s so much flavor to the food – and such a variety of flavors – that you just need a little cooling off and a simple palate cleansing to truly enjoy the dining excellence of Aab India Restaurant.