7743 Tylersville Rd.
West Chester, OH 45069
Sun – Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mon – Thurs: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 3:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Lunch Buffet: $7.99
Weekend Lunch Buffet: $9.99
Appetizers, Soups & Salads: $3 – $6
Entrees: $8 – $13
Dessert: $2 – $3
We were excited when we saw an advert in one of the local coupon magazines in the mailfor a new Indian & Pakistani restaurant, Chaska Grill, that had recently opened up nearby. When we realized where it was – in a shopping center by a Big Lots less than 5 minutes from our house – our enthusiasm died a little bit and we decided we’d go there eventually.
The particular spot Chaska Grill occupies has been at least 3 different Indian Restaurants in the last 5 years, all of which have been good but not as good as Raja down the street (I believe Raja India is owned by the same people who own Akash downtown on 6th Street – exact same menu and I’ve seen the same staff at both locations). So, we weren’t really in any hurry to go try Chaska, but we did intend on going eventually. I wished it success but didn’t have high hopes for it – at least not at first.
Having a One Clean Plate staff meeting presented a good opportunity to give them a try – which we did on a Saturday for the lunch buffet. Since that initial visit, we’ve been back twice (in one week!). It’s so good that I could eat there every day – trying something new each time, of course.
There was a good crowd but still several seats available so we were allowed to pick any table we wanted. The interior decorating and ambiance is much nicer now than it used to be. The walls are a deep red with black and white accents. Unfortunately we wandered in toward the end of the buffet, so they were not bringing more food out. Despite that, there was still a good amount left and we filled up on two plates of food each. We tried everything served at the buffet, which included Chicken Tikka, Chicken Tikka Masala, Biryani, Saag Paneer, Nan and Vegetable Pakoras among many others. When we got there there were only two Chicken Tikka left, so I didn’t get any. Tea and Coffee were out too for anyone to take what they wanted.
The food at the buffet was all very mild, no spiciness to any of it so everyone can enjoy it – I know not everyone likes their food at a 6/6 or 10/10 spiciness like us – and all of it was full of flavor. The food has an element of home-style-ness to it with it’s unique flavor and large chunks of vegetables instead of the common finely ground or minced vegetables. Like I mentioned, each of us had two huge plates of food each it was so delicious.
Our Chicken Tikka Masala, for example, instead of simply being a smooth tomato & yogurt sauce with cubes of Chicken Tikka (seasoned chicken cooked in a tandoor oven or grilled), the chicken was very juicy and the sauce had nice chunks of onions and peppers (we ordered it spicy, and they made it visually and flavor spicy) along with the usual seasonings. The Chicken Tikka at many restaurants is hit-or-miss, often it gets cooked way too long and is burnt, dry and tough to chew, and each piece we had at Chaska for the buffet was perfect. They were well seasoned, cooked perfectly and very juicy.
The Saag Paneer (homemade cheese cooked in spinach and cream) was pretty standard as far as consistency goes, but flavor-wise it had some of the best seasonings of all the Saag Paneers we’ve had in a long while.
When one of the older women dressed in a sari noticed our lack of Chicken Tikka and Nan, she brought out a big plate of Chicken Tikka and a smaller plate of six or so quarter-slices of Nan to our table. We quickly ate up the Chicken Tikka she brought out, feeling completely stuffed by the time we were finished.
I have a feeling that we’ll soon get to know the owners as since that fateful first visit, Adam and I have returned twice and will likely return again very soon. The couple of people there we have talked to have always been very friendly. The restaurant is kept very clean, including the buffet, and flowers add a colorful finishing touch to each table.
On one of our return visits we decided to spring for an appetizer, the Mixed Platter, which is a sampling of all their appetizers: 1 Vegetable Samosa (deep fried potatoes and green peas in a pastry), 1 Keema Samosa (deep fried spiced beef in a pastry), 5 Vegetable Pakora (vegetable fritters), 2 Paneer Pakora (Paneer cheese cubes lightly battered and fried), and 2 Chicken Pakora (boneless chicken strips seasoned and fried.) All of them were delicious, but the Paneer Pakora and Keema Samosa were our favorites. First of all, deep fried cheese – I don’t need to say more. Second, savory herbed ground beef deep fried in a lightly buttery pastry. Oh, yes, it was fantastic.
Each of our visits to Chaska has been pleasurable and tasty. If you’re in the area – well, even if you’re not – it’s definitely worth trying. The unique flavor of their food sets them apart and is way above most other Indian restaurants in the area. I would especially suggest trying the Mixed Platter appetizer as it was delicious and it’s just too hard to pick between the appetizers – so simplify and get a little of all of them. They also have an interesting Mixed Grill we plan on trying soon which consists of Chicken Tikka, Beef Sheesh Kabob, Chicken Boti and Fish Tikka along with nan and rice.
What’s your favorite Indian Dish & Restaurant?
Verdict: A Welcome Addition to West Chester
Chaska Grill is a nice mixture of traditional Indian, Pakistani and British-Indian food in a warm setting with modern colors and traditional accents. The lunch buffet is completely worth giving a try as they have several options to pick from. Otherwise, they have a great menu with something for everyone: Chicken Tikka Masala for the adventurous, Lamb Rogan Josh for the very adventurous, and chicken nuggets with fries for the stubborn eater who got dragged along. If you’ve got the $5.50 to spare we highly suggest trying the Mixed Platter appetizer so you can sample a little of each appetizer offered.
Despite the older shopping center it resides in, Chaska Grill is a shining star. It’s clean, nicely decorated and the family that owns it is very friendly. Parking is not a problem as, like I mentioned, it’s in a shopping center so there are lots of spaces available. Prices are about average for an Indian/Pakistani restaurant.