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Before they opened Jai Ho in the spring of 2010, Sathya and Sujatha Narayan, an architect and a realtor, respectively, had never owned a restaurant. But when they moved to Denver eight years ago from Vancouver, they noticed a gap in the Indian offerings on the local dining scene. Since they'd always dreamed of owning their own place, when this spot in an Aurora strip mall became available, they picked up the lease and got to work, outfitting the large space with ornate wooden partitions that divide the dining room into two booth-lined sections and a front-and-center lounge. That's where Bollywood now plays on the mounted flat-screens and drinkers sit on padded ottomans around low tables; the colored candles, twangy Indian music and spice-riddled air combine to create a heady atmosphere all through Jai Ho. And then there"s the mind-addling menu, which is rooted in the southern portion of the continent with specialties from Kerala, Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu (specifically Chettinad) that highlight such ingredients as coconut, pickled gongura (a native sorrel leaf) and mango, all stewed and combined with lentils, chicken, mutton or fish and packed with enough heat to make you break into a sweat. Those dishes are supplemented with a handful of northern Indian preparations -- paneers, samosas and tandoori chicken -- as well as a few Indo-Chinese offerings. While you may have trouble deciphering the menu's cryptic descriptions -- which aren't very helpful but are very amusing -- once your meal arrives, you'll have no trouble recognizing the overall excellence of Jai Ho's food.
Before they opened Jai Ho in the spring of 2010, Sathya and Sujatha Narayan had never owned a restaurant. But they noticed a gap in this city's Indian offerings and decided to fill it -- triumphantly. Jai Ho features a massive, mind-addling list of dishes rooted in the southern portion of the subcontinent, with specialties from Kerala, Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu that highlight such ingredients as coconut, pickled gongura (a native sorrel leaf) and mango, all stewed and combined with... More »
The first time I ate at Jai Ho for this week's cafe review, I spent several minutes staring at the menu. It was unlike any I'd ever seen: incredibly amusing yet borderline useless, with descriptions t... More »
The Jai Ho menu features some of the most useless — and hilarious — dish descriptions I've ever seen. "One of our signature dishes — many different stories for how the name came about, but who cares, we just eat it!!" sums up Chicken 65. JaiHo... More »
Until last year, Sathya and Sujatha Narayan had never run a restaurant -- but they saw such a gaping hole in Denver's Indian food scene, that they couldn't resist picking up an Aurora strip mall spot ... More »
First time at Jai Ho... Definitely not the Last! I and my wife just wanted to go out somewhere to have dinner and we though of Jai Ho... I'd rate this Indian restaurant in the Top 5 in town. Food variety was great, Prices were competitive. We orderd everything from Apetizers, South Indian snacks, Entree's to Drinks. There was no dish that disappointed us. All the food was delicious. The ambience was decent. and seemed quite hygenic too... An Improvement point would be: Faster service, I think they were short staffed today. It's a new place so i'm hoping it's going to grab more attention of the crowd. We'd definitely recommend Jai Ho...
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