My girlfriend wanted to try somewhere different and exotic for dinner so we decided to visit the Jambo Grill and Paan House. It's located on East Kingsway just west of Joyce and we found parking to be a bit of a challenge but it's worth finding a spot!
The restaurant is nicely decorated with a variety of wood carvings and a couple of African murals on the walls. The staff are dressed in African apparel (dresses for women and shirts for men) which enhances the experience.
The restaurant offers a good selection of East African/Indian food. We chose a couple of items, the African Chili Chicken and the Lamb Lollipops entrees to share and we both ordered alcoholic beverages. I had an African beer and my girlfriend chose a lime and cucumber cocktail.
Our drinks took a few minutes to get to our table as we were there during a busy period and the staff had their hands full. However, they did arrive and we watched with interest as a variety of mouth watering dishes were served at tables around us. Soon enough our entrees arrived. For most of the entrees you get a choice of 2 sides so we chose the Masala potatoes and the Pili Pili corn with the lamb and naan bread for the chili chicken. The lamb lollilops were absolutely delectable, marinated in yogourt and tandoori spices they were very flavorful and tender. The masala potatoes were a bit spicy but nice and the pili pili corn had a sweet flavor but also some spicy heat too. The African Chili chicken came with a fair amount of sauce, red and green peppers and a reasonable amount of chicken, However, we found the offering to be very spicy and hot, probably a bit more extreme than we would like. The dish was tasty and we noticed that the heat increased the capabilities of our taste buds as we both noticed the flavors of our beverages were enhanced.
The staff are friendly and service is generally good. The only thing holding me back from a higher rating is that a menu that ranked dishes in terms of how spicy they were would have been helpful.
We look forward to returning and trying some of their other offerings!
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