Table Talk: Aab India

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Grandview Avenue has plenty of restaurants and certainly a diversity of cuisines. But no Indian - until last Saturday.

That's when Aab India Restaurant opened in the former Thom's on Grandview space, 1470 Grandview Ave. General manager Sobha Dillon, son of founding chef Avtar Singh, is confident in the cuisine and location, which has been a revolving door of restaurants over the years.

"We are 110-percent different" than other Indian restaurants, Dillon said. While Aab's menu might look familiar with dishes such as chicken tikka masala, saag paneer and lamb korma, technique separates Aab from other restaurants of its kind, he said. "The taste is different."

Lunches are in the $7 to $8 range, while most dinner entree prices are $10 to $16. The restaurants seats 94 and has a full liquor license. An upstairs dining room will remain unused until Aab gets on solid footing, Singh said.

There's no shortage of restaurants along Grandview Avenue, including those with a more established history, such as Spagio, Trattoria Roma and Figlio, and more recent additions, such as Z Cucina and Mazah.

Dillon, however, notes there are no Indian restaurants in the immediate area. The closest ones are in Mill Run near Hilliard and the Campus area.

Local retail analyst Chris Boring of Boulevard Strategies agrees. "I think that Indian cuisine is the perfect complement to one of the region's best restaurant rows," Boring said. "My belief is the more the merrier."

Aab, meaning water, is a white tablecloth eatery that has roots in Cincinnati. Avtar Singh and his brother Jessie founded their first restaurant, Ambar, in 1994. Since then, they've opened four more in the Cincinnati area and all go by different names.

Aab is open for lunch and dinner hours daily, but closes its doors between 2:30 and 5 p.m. For more info, call 614-486-2800.

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