Pari Indian Cuisine - Chesterland, OH (Cleveland)
Pari Indian Cuisine is a hidden gem in the Cleveland 'burbs, especially if you're on the hunt for authentic Indian food. There aren't very many places I haven't been considering I'm in Cleveland just about once a month. I was surprised I had never been to Chesterland (pronounced Chester-lyn from what I can tell), but I'm so glad I ventured out there. Pari is relatively new, opening up sometime late last year. If you're looking for an authentic and delicious dinner filled with flavor, this is the spot for you.
My friend and I were excited to try a new adventure, especially with Indian food. I've been to a couple of Indian food places in Cleveland, but this is the first one I actually wanted to write home about. We both ordered the shrimp and scallop because we were in the mood for seafood. I got the korma while she got the curry version. We asked what the difference was between the korma and the curry. Although a korma is a curry, the spices and base used are different. The korma was milder and was more of a tomato based sauce. It was milder than the curry, which suited me just fine. But even my friend liked both the korma and the curry even though she favors more spice. It smelled fantastic and I couldn't possible eat all of it. That worked out because it was even better the next day when I ate it in my hotel room. I'm totally going back and bringing as many people with me that will try a new adventure.
Of course we couldn't just have curry. I've loved samosas since the first time I tried some at this random Indian place in Gainesville, FL. And every samosa I've had since then has tasted a little different. It's a cross between an eggroll and a dumpling with Indian spices mixed throughout. I liked the samosas at Pari. They were perfectly fried and had a nice mild flavor. As with most samosas they were served freshly fried and hot so it's a good idea to sliced them open and let out a little of the heat before you take a big bite. And take advantage of dipping them into any sauces they serve.
No korma or curry would be complete with rice and naan. I am addicted to the naan. We shared an ordered of buttered naan and it was pure naan heaven.
Definitely give Pari a try if you're in the east Cleveland suburbs. Chesterland is about 20 minutes directly east from Mayfield Heights off Mayfield Road. It was such a pretty drive too, one that makes you forget you're in a big city.