My absolute favorite restaurant in the world.
Posted on 02 / 04 / 2014
I've loved Indian food since I was a kid, but I didn't understand the depth and breadth of Indian cuisine until I started going to Amma's. Many Northern Indian restaurants feature similar menus, no matter where in the world I've tried them. Southern Indian restaurants remind me that there are actually about 100 different nations squeezed into India...and they all do different and incredible things with veggies. I'm not sure if it's entirely because Jainism is practiced more in the south of India, but these restaurants tend to have an incredible array of vegan options. Amma's Kitchen is the queen of them all, and believe it or not, it's here in Cincinnati! I've moved away and lived in many cities and countries, and have only recently moved back, and Amma's still tops them all. Every Wednesday is vegan buffet day, but every day is amazing for vegans in this kosher, 100% vegetarian place. True, the setting isn't Nirvana; it's not the prettiest place, but the workers try to cheer it up for different holidays. And not only is the food delicious, but until I went to Amma's I hadn't seen Indian food with really great presentation. Yes, the silver bowls and lovely place settings of many places are fabulous, but at Amma's the food itself is often arranged so well if you order a dinner. The staff is friendly and will answer any questions they can about the food or India. They make substitutions and they know their ingredients. Every time I eat at Amma's (and that has to be at least 50 times over the years by now) I try to get something new. Their menu is huge and even offers Northern Indian dishes and Sino-Indian and Nepali-Indian combinations. I'm never bored. It's always good. Always. When I come into town, this is the only restaurant I MUST go to visit; many of my friends agree. It's ever-changing, but always delicious. It shows how versatile veggies can be. I sometimes just let the staff make me whatever they want because it's always good! I remember going there for the first time as a vegetarian and feeling complete freedom to eat anything! This was, of course, before completely veg*n restaurants had really come to the area and my veggie friends and I almost cried tears of joy, having grown up subsisting on french fries and grilled cheese here in the American Middle West...foreign food was always our best bet, and Amma's is the best of all. When in Cincy, it's a must
Updated from previous review on Wednesday January 15, 2014
New and exciting flavors of India!, Not expensive and 100% vegetarian., Wednesday Vegan Buffets!