Guru India Restaurant in northern Kentucky is one of our all-time favorites! Give it a try for flavorful korma, saag, and more!
Any time we're in northern Kentucky or Cincinnati area, we feel the pull.
The irresistible call of the korma, the naan, the saag — you get the idea.
Guru India Restaurant gets a lot of love in our family. For some of us, it's actually the first place we ever tasted Indian food. For others, it's the place where the flavors we already loved were perfected.
In fact, it's so good that we have a difficult time making up our minds to try other places. (Although, of course, we sometimes do! That's how we landed on Hofbrauhaus in Newport and Siam Orchid in Bellevue.)
But, yes, Guru is one place we keep returning to — and bringing our friends to discover. Here's why!
The Spice Level
Besides the fact that the food is just fantastic, the spice level gets a special shout-out from us.
As at most curry-serving restaurants, you can specify your preferred level. At Guru, the range is from one to six.
For us, the spicier the better — and, at some restaurants, we find it's still not enough. At Guru, however, the hottest spice level is actually HOT! We cheer for Level 6!
(That said, if you're not a huge spice fan, fear not. The Level 1 is so mild that even the most cautious eaters we've ever taken were fine with it.)
The Menu at Guru India Restaurant
Especially with rice and a side order of naan, a meal here is very filling. Most curries re-heat well, so having some left over for lunch the next day is a nice bonus if you prefer smaller portions.
Sometimes we start by ordering a mango lassi. The one they serve at Guru is fabulous. This sweet yogurt-based drink is a great partner for spicy food.
Whenever we bring someone along who hasn't tried Indian food before, we often recommend the chicken tikka masala.
Our tried and true favorites are:
• Malai kofta, a vegetarian dish with a spiced tomato sauce, nuts and raisins
• Navratan korma, a vegetarian dish with a spiced tomato sauce, paneer (a soft Indian cheese), cashews, and raisins
• Saag in any variation. Saag is a creamy spinach dish that can be found on the menu in many different combinations: cooked with either chicken, chickpeas, potatoes, mushrooms, vegetables, eggplant, lamb, or seafood.
We always get naan (flatbread). The bread is large enough to share, so we usually need at least one or two orders for the table. There are variations on this too. We love the garlic naan, but for something special try the paneer naan (cheese bread)!
For a better look at the menu, or to order online, visit their website.
Shopping at the Restaurant
There's a small grocery store section in Guru India Restaurant.
This is helpful if you've reached the stage of wanting to try Indian dishes in your own kitchen — especially if, like us, you normally don't have good access to Indian restaurants.
There's still something uniquely delicious about the meals at Guru, but I'm really happy I can re-visit those wonderful flavors in my own cooking.
If you're passing through northern Kentucky, I highly recommend Guru India Restaurant! In our experience, it's cuisine that wins everyone over.