Jyoti Indian Cuisine

$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

All the basics of quintessential Westernized Indian fare are available, and the chefs are happy to adjust the sauces to accommodate more reticent palates. On the other hand, diners who are more inured to the vigor of spicy-hot curry and are conversant in the world of Indian cuisine will be delighted to discover Jyoti has infused its menu with authentic yet innovative flair.

Beyond the array of belly-warming but complex vindaloos, tandoori dishes and vegetarian fare (like aloo ghobi, the succulent potato and cauliflower dish), Jyoti's chef has ventured into a realm not typically associated with Indian cuisine: seafood. (This is no wonder as he is from Goa in the South of India, where shrimp and fish reign supreme.) Connoisseurs will also appreciate the unprompted arrival of an abundance of pickles and
chutneys (the "sine qua non" of Indian food) to your table within minutes.

Perhaps most noticeable about Jyoti is the value. This is good quality Indian food (some menu items outshine others) at wonderfully reasonable prices (appetizers range from $1.25 to $5 and main courses from $8 to $15).

The decor (like the service) is pleasant and unassuming. Indian artwork, puppets and decorations hang against walls of exposed brick.

Between the food, the service, the atmosphere and the obliging acoustics, it is hard to resist the temptation to linger over a soothing combination of curry and conversation.

-- Catrin Morris