Thanks to the popularity of the spice trade, the U.S. constructed a vast network of interstate superhighways that today are used to transport high volumes of email and fleets of J.K. Rowling body doubles. Follow the road back to its spicy roots with today’s deal: $12 gets you $25 worth of traditional Indian fare and drinks at Venky’s Spice House in Hilliard.
A clay oven, fresh ground spices, and a commitment to authenticity creates taste bud appeal in Venky’s culinary creations. The lunch ($5.99-8.99) menu is on active duty weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and offers a wide variety of combo meal options and more than ten vegetarian entrées. With the strike of the dinner hour gong, the menu extends its hydraulic arms to include 25 appetizers, a selection of house-made Indian breads, and desserts such as the pista kulfi ($2.99), pistachio-flavored Indian ice cream. Commemorate birthdays, bat mitzvahs, and hard-won pickle bowling victories with the chicken dum biryani ($11.99), the traditional Hyderabadi celebration meal and one of Venky’s signature dishes. Lamb and seafood also play starring roles, and the rose-flavored milk ($2.99) gives a meal a certain je ne sais naan. Venky’s red and orange interiors, soft lighting, and intimate dining room are ideal for evening dates, friendly dinners, and wooing unsuspecting acquaintances in order to pilfer their medical benefits.
Venky’s Spice House was reviewed i9n Columbus Alive. Five Yelpers give it a four-star average, and 82% of Urbanspooners recommend it. > * Venky’s is one of the top Indian restaurants in town. For one, it promotes dishes from a city (Hyderabadi) infrequently highlighted in Columbus. Secondly, even when Venky’s does whip up the ever-expected, familiar Indian foodstuffs, they’re inevitably more complex and nuanced than average. No wonder this place conducts such a steady stream of takeout business. – G.A. Benton, Columbus Alive