JAI HO RICHMOND

205 Swan St
Richmond, VIC 3121
http://www.jaiho-indian-restaurant.com/

My parents aren’t the most adventurous eaters on Earth. Whilst they’ll eat most Chinese foods and a good portion of other Asian cuisines, anything more exotic is often greeted with suspicion and disdain. After all, with Chinese being such a diverse and interesting cuisine, and having eaten it all their lives, it’s probably fairly easy to feel like you neither need nor want anything else.

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Whilst they make an effort to avoid most ‘foreign’ cuisines, the one they wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot dosa is Indian. Something about that distinctive spice combination just makes them go crazy, and I definitely don’t mean in the good way. What that means is that I usually jump at the chance to have Indian food, especially at restaurants that make a special effort to do things authentically, like at Jai Ho Richmond, where the spices are ground in-house.

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Jai Ho is a warm, welcoming sort of place that is neither tacky nor oppressive – the two pitfalls I find that higher-end Indian restaurants tend to fall into. Rather, it is spacious and light, decorated with ethnic statues that are ambient but not over the top.

Trio of Dips and Papadum ($6)

Trio of Dips and Papadum ($6)

The meal was started with an order of Trio of Dips and Papadum ($6). The papadums were well-drained, light, and crispy. On the side was a serving of mint chutney, sweet tamarind syrup, and creamy chilli sauce.

Indian Beer Nuts ($6)

Indian Beer Nuts ($6)

The Indian Beer Nuts ($6) were surprisingly good. Mixed with spices, diced red onion, and a squeeze of lemon, this was bright, peppy, and even more addictive than the timeless salted peanut.

Aloo Tikki ($6.5)

Aloo Tikki ($6.5)

The Aloo Tikki ($6.5) is my idea of a perfect snack. The soft patties of fried mashed potato were drowned in a colourful deluge of mint chutney, tangy yoghurt, and tamarind for a flavour bonanza that was spicy, sweet, savoury, and sour – all in one bite!

Chilli Chicken

Chilli Chicken

Less traditional was the Chilli Chicken, insofar that I have never seen nor heard of it before. The battered pieces of chicken were coated with a sticky, tangy sauce that also tasted of spicy curry. It was like an Indian sweet and sour chicken, and would go great with some rice.

Onion Bhaji ($6.5)

Onion Bhaji ($6.5)

The Onion Bhaji ($6.5) on the other hand was a very traditional snack. The onion was coated in a crispy, spongy batter that carried a warm hint of spice; these Indian onion rings gave their western counterpart a run for their money.

ChickenTikka Masala ($17)/Lamb Rahara ($17)/Tadka Dahl ($13.5)/Garlic Naan ($3.5)/Matar Pulao ($5)

ChickenTikka Masala ($17)/Lamb Rahara ($17)/Tadka Dahl ($13.5)/Garlic Naan ($3.5)/Matar Pulao ($5)

For our mains, we were served three curries – a robustly smoky ChickenTikka Masala ($17), a rich Lamb Rahara ($17) boasting fork-tender chunks of spring lamb in a spicy sauce, and a creamy, buttery Tadka Dahl ($13.5). Served with sides of Garlic Naan ($3.5) and fluffy Matar Pulao ($5), this was an expansive feast of colours, textures, and flavours.

Gulab Jamun ($6.5)

Gulab Jamun ($6.5)

We were full to bursting with plenty of food left over, but I just couldn’t finish the meal without some Gulab Jamun ($6.5). Warm, fluffy, and soaked in ginger-tinged sugar syrup, this traditional Indian sweet really is unbeatable, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Jai Ho, and at the end of it I positively rolled out the door. I don’t have Indian food often, but every time I do, I wish I had it more.

Rating: 13.5/20 – you are my destiny (JAI HO!!)
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.
Sweet and Sour Fork dined as a guest of Jai Ho Richmond.

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