Columbus >Food & Dining > Indian Oven
427 E Main St, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321539.957361 -82.987912
Neighborhoods: Downtown Columbus
Worst excuse for Indian food ever!!! – I travel alot and frequently seek out Indian 'cause it's one of my all time favorites. This was the worst I've ever had: 1. Papadum (grattis) was stale (soft). It's supposed to be crispy and was not served with a plum sauce which is traditional. Veg samosa was dry and basically stuffed with 99% potato, and not spicy at all. Lastly, the Murg Makhani was horrendous. The sauce tasted like a can of Texas Pete's Chili sauce. Very vinegary and salty (uck!!!). And the "tandoori" chicken that was served in the dish was cubed and dry. I asked for the sauce to be "medium" hot. Waitress warned me that it would have a definite kick. Well, there wasn't even the SLIGHTEST hint of hotness in this "medium" hot dish. This wasn't even what could be considered "mild". And cubed chicken?? Come on. That's the worst possible food presentation... The only positives were the attentive staff, Kingfisher beer and the basmati rice!! That's worth 1 star.
Indian Indigestian!!! – I came here with my family for a birthday celebration. It was the worst. Since it was a Sunday night, I have the feeling that they served us leftovers. The food was crusty, cold and simply gross. Normally I would be upset by the small portions, but thank god the portions were small, otherwise the heartburn would have been much worse. I ate only because I was starving.
The prices were ridiculous considering the small portions. I'm not sure if they do this at every Indian restaurant, but they charged for the bread (nan) which was the only edible thing there was so we ordered a bunch of it. Believe the bad reviews about this restaurant and don't do what I did- pray that the good ones were true. The owners probably wrote them!!!
You're better off at the McDonald's down the street – What a disapointment...where do I start? The decor is not very fitting for an Indian restaurant and makes the place look and feel more like a Chipotle. We ordered the appetizer but it took forever to get this to us. The waitress explained that our order "got lost in the shuffle". We ordered the Tandoori Combo Platter, which was a plate full of Tandoori Chicken and Shrimp. It was ok, but not like the description at all. The food was so dry that we had to order a plate of dal makhani because we needed something with gravy. What a mistake!!! The dal makhani tasted horrible--more like old, watered-down, lentil soup. (I'm Indian, i've been eating this food since i was born and have never tasted dal makhani so bad). As if this wasn't bad enough, the restaurant charges $1.50 for a side of "Mango pickle". This is a standard side dish that should come with every Indian meal (we also had to ask for some lemon, which should also come with the chicken). As a comparison, this would be like Taco Bell charging for its hot sauce. Ridiculous. So all in all...bad decor, bad food, bad service, and overpriced. I'd stay away.
Oh, and if you do choose to go, make sure you have plenty of pepto-bismol handy at home...you'll need it. :-(
Hot but not too Hot – My wife and I love Indian cuisine and Indian Oven did not disappoint. I actually lowered my standards upon entering the place because it did not feel like normal Indian restaurants. I am use to seeing an all-Indian staff which this place did not have. At first, I wasn't expecting too much but I was very impressed with the food. The Samosas were some of the best I have had in the Columbus area. I ordered Lamb Spinach and my wife ordered Mughal Biriyani which left both of us happy with our order. I ordered my dish, hot, which was against the advice of the waitress but it was about perfect. Not too spicy where I have to drink water after every bite but it was spicy enough to leave a desire for ice cream to curb the feeling on my lips and tongue.
Absolutely, excellent Indian Cuisine! – My wife and I went to the Indian Oven for the first time for dinner last night. The ambience was bright and cheery, and very upbeat. The service was impeccable. The food was very authentic, presented very well (in a rather short order to be exact), and the extremely good. The overall experience was outstanding. Everyone who enjoys good Indian cuisine should definitely give the Indian Oven a try.
Hear it from an indian -- terrible – I eat indian food EVERY day in NYC. Let me tell you, this isn't indian food.
I ordered a dish that was to include spinach or mustard greens in it, that was to be the main ingredient, along with indian cheese. I wasnt even sure if they put the mustard greens in it. I expected it to be green in color, but it was red--VERY strange and totally different from the norm. I think the cheese was improperly prepared, probably not properly cooked.
I asked for the dish to be spicy, because I can handle alot of spice. They made it spicy to the extent where I couldn't even taste the food. Sure, I ate it all, but that level of spice just over powered the food, but perhaps that was okay since in actuality, maybe it covered up the real flavor of the food, which was pretty tasteless.
Great atmosphere, food not as great – I have been here numerous times, because I love Indian, I am new to Columbus and we live really close to this place. The service varies, when I have noticed the service is better when dressed in a dressy casual attire. I don't like the fact that I ordered the vegetarian platter and needed more rice and they charged me for that. Sometimes the spices seem "off" like it is just super hot without the savory taste in indian dishes. Now I have found other Indian restaraunts I prefer and will probably not be back.
Simply the best Indian in town. – My wife and I have ordered takeout from here more often than I can remember... dining there has been wonderful, too. While the price may seem a bit higher than others, the portions and quality make up the difference.
The atmosphere is great and service is always terrific.
If you like Indian... this is a must try.
The Best!!!!!! – It is one of the best places I have been too. It is
very unique with amazing food. The owner makes you feel at home. They have great service. It is different than your avgerage Indian restaurant.
It's...okaaay.... – We've dined here several times and I think that the owner has done a good job of tapping into "neauvou" indian cuisine: not real indian, poor integration of spices, small portions and relatively overpriced.
While we enjoy fine restaurants, I am not overly impressed by this establishment or believe that it is worth the price. The ambience is, indeed, nice and it's nice to have a full bar, but again, not enough to compensate for the very average cooking.
This is the first indian place that I thought was very bland and the first time I've ever been served pita bread, which was poorly attempted to be passed as roti....
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