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Clay Oven’s star shines in our Indian galaxy

by Robin Garr » Wed May 12, 2021 9:25 am

Clay Oven’s star shines in our Indian galaxy

Clay Oven's Seekh kebab, the traditional South Asian ground lamb on a skewer, needs no more accompaniment than quick-seared onion and green-pepper strips.

Let us take a moment to mark the virtual extinction of the all-you-can-eat buffet. Rendered terrifying by the pandemic and images of contagious hands dipping into communal pans, the restaurant buffet has all but disappeared from our lives.

I for one won’t mourn it much, with a solitary exception: I miss Indian restaurant buffets, and you should, too. My reasoning on this is simple: A lot of people are still discovering Indian food, and the buffet makes it easy. Even if you don’t know the difference between aloo and bhindi (all right, potato and okra), you can learn a lot by grazing the buffet. Try a little taste of this, a dab of that, and before long you’ve gotten to know the cuisine.

We can’t do that now, and won’t for the foreseeable future. But we can still toughen up, head for a good Indian eatery like Clay Oven in Middletown, and figure out how the menu works and what to look for while the buffet remains under wraps.

I hadn’t been back to Clay Oven since I reviewed it in 2013, shortly after its arrival. It was good then, but I’d rate it as an even brighter star in the Indian-restaurant galaxy now. Everything we tried was well prepared and delicious.

So let’s have a look at that menu. As a pandemic precaution, by the way, they’ve placed the extensive menu under the glass cover on every table. The menu reads “aromas of the Himalaya,” and the restaurant websites add, “Louisville's very own source of authentic Indian and Nepali cuisine.” Clay Oven’s Facebook page, on the other hand, promises “exceptional Indian dishes from all regions of India.” It appears to me that it’s both: The basic dishes of the Indian canon are included for sure, but you can also choose regional dishes focused on India’s mountainous North.

Absent the buffet, it’s not a bad idea to look over the menu online before you go. It looks complicated, with its front and back both covered with three columns of dense, tiny type. But spend a little time with it and you’ll see that it breaks down into simple categories that are easy to understand. ...

Read the complete article on LouisvilleHotBytes,

You'll also find this review in LEO Weekly's Food & Drink section today.

Clay Oven Indian Restaurant
Eastgate Shopping Center
12567 Shelbyville Road

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