Indian Jewel Review

Apr 12

Indian Jewel

6711 Airport Hwy Ste 2
Holland, OH 43528
Phone: (419) 865-9500
Web: Facebook Page

I’ve attempted to make Indian food at home (in the Crockpot!) and we have never liked anything I’ve made.  But I WANTED to like Indian food, so I decided that we were going to check out the Indian Jewel of Toledo and give it a try from people who know what they’re doing.

Atmosphere/Overall Appearance

The Indian Jewel doesn’t have a website, but they do have a Facebook page and I am really glad they do, because had I not seen pictures on the inside, I honestly don’t know if we would have stuck with the plan.  It is in a small shopping plaza off of Airport Highway and from the outside, it leaves a lot to be desired.  But once you walk in, it’s hard to believe you’re in the same place.  It’s small, but the tables don’t feel crowded, and the décor is very nice.  There are statues and paintings on the walls, and there are also statues for sale throughout the restaurant.  They play Indian music which also adds another nice touch.  The chairs are white padded leather on rollers.  I found this kind of amusing, but it was nice for when Eden threw her shoes on the floor.  When we first walked in, Eden said “I don’t like how this smells!” which was a harbinger for the night to come, at least for her, but I thought it smelled awesome.  You could smell the curry right away.  Yum!

The Food

Chicken Vindaloo

A friend of ours (hi Rob!) had recommended that we try Tandooi chicken, and said that it was a good bet for Indian food newbies.  Neither Josh nor I have ever been to a real Indian restaurant before, so Josh ordered that, and I ordered Chicken Vindaloo, which is chicken and potatoes marinated in vinegar and a spicy sauce.   They do not have a kids menu, so we ordered Eden lentil soup.  More on that later.  Our waitress brought us a basket of chips with a sweet dipping sauce and an onion, tomato, and what I think was cilantro mix.  Our waitress told us the name of the chips, which I now forget.  If anyone knows the name, please tell me now because I need those chips in my life.  She could have just made that my meal and I would have been happy.  We also had a salad with lettuce, carrots and chick peas.

Josh’s Tandoori chicken tasted like a very well spiced grilled chicken.  It was definitely a good suggestion and a good start for people who aren’t really familiar with Indian food.  It also came with mixed veggies at the bottom of the bowl.  My Vindaloo was so, so, so good!  It came in a nice rich sauce and had just the right hint of curry without it being over powering.  It came with rice and the combo of the rice, chicken and sauce was perfect.  I really liked it a lot.  Everyone said that we needed to try naan bread, so we did, and please don’t leave me nasty comments, but I didn’t think it was all that awesome.  It tasted like grilled bread. Did I miss something? Josh loved it, and had to fight off Eden for the last morsal. As usual, Eden won.  Eden’s lentil soup got left on the table.  The soup was good, but very spicy.  Eden kind of hated it.  We dipped the naan bread in it for her and she spit it out in my hand.  Parenthood is so glamorous, no?

Tandoori Chicken


Kid Friendliness

As I mentioned above, Indian Jewel does not have a kids menu.  While I certainly wasn’t looking for Kraft mac and cheese, I was hoping for something that would be a middle ground between “traditional kids food” and what we ended up getting.  Eden loves soup, so that’s what we got her, but even at that, it wasn’t something that I think most kids would eat.  She ended up eating chips and the naan bread and we got her some soup from Panera on the way home.  I didn’t get a vibe from the waitress or other staff that kids weren’t welcome there, but the menu does make it a challenge to take your child to Indian Jewel unless they are fairly adventurous in their eating.  The entire meal also takes a while because there are a lot of different parts, so if you have impatient kids, you might want to reconsider.  Eden was a little antsy that night anyway, so it made for a long evening.

Wait Staff/Service


I had heard going in that the service was very slow and that you should prepare for a time investment.  I think that is a valid statement, but part of the reason it is slow is that they bring your food out in courses.  You get chips, then salad, then entrees and they give you ample time to enjoy each course.  I think there is a lot to be said for that kind of dining, so I didn’t mind the wait.  Our waitress was very nice and willing to answer any questions we had.

Overall Impressions

The restaurant itself, the food and the service were excellent.  We really enjoyed our meals and would gladly go back again.  I do think that if you are going with your family, it’s a challenge because of the lack of kid options and the length of the meal.  This would be a great place to go for a cheapish date night or a dinner out with friends.  It feels like a food experience rather than just a quick meal.  I really mean it when I say that you have to look past the outside, because it’s not a place you would expect to have good food from the street.  That is one of the best parts of this experiment for me, is getting outside my comfort zone and trying places that I might have avoided before because of how they looked from the outside.  If you like Indian food, or if you want to give it a try, you should totally go to Indian Jewel.

And now, a request for help…..

So, my list of places to try is pretty short right now, and I need some help from you guys.  Please, either in comments or by using the contact form, tell me about the best place in Toledo to eat.  Who as the best wings, hummus, burgers, fajitas, etc in town?  What am I missing out on?  I really want to know, so spill it!


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  1. Josh Baltzell /

    Mmmmm… Indian food.

    I don’t think I have been there, I have been to the one on Reynolds named Masala though. That one was good.

    Here’s a couple of places I suggest: Domo and Rockwell’s (Buy the gift card first because it is super expensive.)

  2. Great choice on the Tandoori. I’m pretty sure when I ate at that place, I got that, and it was quite good. But the vindaloo sounds great as well!

    Yeah, I’m way less into bread now, so I probably wouldn’t even bother with the naan the next time I eat Indian food. But people do like it.

    You should do a review of New Empire… it was our favorite Chinese place when we lived near Airport Highway. Maybe you guys ate there when you lived in the same area?

  3. Josh Baltzell /

    PS: Yes, it is just grilled bread, but I could eat it like it’s my job.

  4. Rebecca /

    I am totally with Eden. The one reason I don’t like Indian food is the smell of curry makes me gag.
    In terms of restaurants, when we’re up visiting mom and dad we like to hit places like Poco Piatti or Swig, which you could take kids to, but they aren’t specifically kid friendly, or Koral Hamburg, which absolutely is.

  5. Jen @ Toledo Food Tour /

    I’m glad someone agrees with me on the bread!

    Rob, I’ve been to New Empire before (for work, I think) but I don’t know if Josh has. I remember liking it and the decor was cool too.

    Rebecca, where is Koral Hamburg? I don’t think I’ve heard of it before. Also, Poco Piatti is one of my favorites. I’m hoping to convince my friends to go there for Mom’s Night this month.

    • Rebecca /

      It’s in Waterville. Take 475 down through Perrysburg, cross the river and take that first exit- head the opposite direction from the hospital. I think you just follow the road into Waterville and it’s pretty much in the center of town. It’s cash only, though, just a warning.

    • Angie /

      I will totally go to poco piatti with you!

  6. Emily Jordan /

    Best fajitas in the area (actually, the best Mexican food in the area, all around) are at El Vaquero in Perrysburg! YUM!

    It’s fun reading your reviews. :)

    • Jen @ Toledo Food Tour /

      It’s funny you say that, Emily because I just had their fajitas a few weeks ago and I wasn’t a big fan! Maybe I’ll have to try it again.

      Glad you like the posts… this has been a total blast to write.

  7. Emily Jordan /

    I am shocked!! LOL Seriously though, we are HUGE El Vaquero fans in our house. I’d love to see a review. :)


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