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Thursday, March 29,2012

A distinctive Indian lunch buffet

By Clay Fong

For those old enough, you may remember 1985 as a dark time, mostly because that’s when McDonald’s launched the McDLT. In today’s recycling-conscious age, the McDLT probably wouldn’t exist. For those of you unfamiliar with this environmental atrocity, this was a burger adorned with lettuce and tomato that came in a double-chambered Styrofoam container. The purpose of this excessive packaging was explained by the voiceovers in the TV ads as, “You get a hot side hot, you get a cool side cool.” What this meant is the hot burger and half a bun were confined to one chamber, while the other held cool lettuce tomato, cheese and the other half bun.


I’ll reluctantly admit there was some wisdom underlying this isolation of temperatures and textures. One problem (of many) associated with McDonald’s burgers is they are often an amorphous mass, where meat, bun, cheese and toppings all blend together in an indistinguishable blob. The McDLT recognized this fault, and took steps to address the nearly unavoidable pitfalls of serving something prepared and held well in advance of consumption.

Beef certainly isn’t on the menu at Jai Ho, the 28th Street spinoff of a popular Aurora Indian eatery. On a recent excursion to sample their $9.99 lunch buffet, it was evident to friend Michael and I that the kitchen handily understands how to preserve distinct flavors and textures. That’s no small feat in a buffet setting, and they didn’t even have to resort to Styrofoam packaging to accomplish this.

Our first clue regarding Jai Ho’s flavor expertise came in the form of the $3.50 mango lassi. Most of these yogurt-based drinks are tooth-achingly sweet, but here the sugar was tempered by salt, an ingredient found in non-fruited versions of this beverage. This addition helped complement the subtle sweetness in the same way that salt enhances caramel as well as giving the drink an air of authenticity.

The creamy greens in the saag were also noteworthy for retaining a welcome hint of crispness, as opposed to the unappealingly mushy veggies found elsewhere. Michael was particularly enamored with this meatless option, deeming it “out of this world.” Another winner was the dosa, the crispy crepe with a hint of sourdough tang, here augmented with a tender vegetable filling. It’s worth noting this compelling choice wasn’t available at the buffet line, but was a freshly made preparation that our server automatically brought to our table.

But probably the best evidence of the distinct tastes on tap comes from comparing the Vindaloo and the Tikka Masala. Both are stew-like chicken dishes, perfect with rice, but they couldn’t be more different regarding spicing. The masala here was classic subcontinental-inspired comfort food, a mild tomato-based curry with the velvety suaveness of its cousin, butter chicken. The Vindaloo ably lived up to its piquant reputation with plenty of hot red chile, although not enough to obscure the taste of tender poultry.

Although it took a while to get our check, presenting a potential issue for those on tight lunch schedules, the food here makes for one of the better Indian buffets. I would have happily paid the full price of the lunch for a serving of either the punchy Vindaloo or smooth Tikka Masala with rice, and I am likely to return.

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This is one tempting, mouth watering and deliciously looking platter of samosa and green mint yogurt. Its famous in subcontinent Asia. If you are fond of this food you will also like dosa, pani pori and many more traditional food like this. Aussie essays helped me a lot in my assignment completion. Thanks.


I will rate this one star for FOOD, no star for service. My family were there for lunch buffet. Enjoyed besides few. Food was ok loved your dosaas so delicious, I wish salad spread can be better. Its all chicken in meat selection. It looks like a busy restaurant but lack of staff, just two waiters running around. Americian guy was waiting our table he was smart looks sharp but things went bad after it. We want order of the menu Suggestion 0 Food knowledge 0 Wine Paring 0 It was pathetic. He forced us to have buffet, lacking MENU KNOWLEDGE. Food was good can be better. Wait staffs were courteous and kind and here it starts. My wife was breast feeding our baby, the American waiter keep checking us and so annoying keep staring, checked with the other waiter for a private area and we were in the corner couch. Our waiter was bothering us again, checking my wife trying to take a pic and got irritated and walked out my parents settled the taband it took a while. We want to report this to the Manager but he seems to be busy waiting other tables. Please train your staff. He was so rude with other couple too. EMBARRASSING WORST EXPERIENCE RUINED OUR DAY