More Magazine heard about an Indian curry restaurant on the east side of town getting rave reviews on Chinese food websites, so we decided a visit to check it out. Upon entering Jackson Indian Curry, we were immediately greeted by a tantalizing aroma of fresh Indian spices and we knew good things were about to happen. Tucked in a small unit on South Jiangguo Rd., Jackson is a cozy space with 5 tables and a collection of stools to sit around 16 people. The restaurant is colorful, eclectic, not pretentious and puts you in a happy mood to eat. The Chinese and English menu consists of curries, pizzas, spaghetti, naan, salad and snacks. Drinks include soft drinks, beer, smoothies, fruit juices and masala tea (3 flavours; 28RMB). We wanted to try the naan bread but it was so popular the restaurant was sold out by lunch. We ordered a selection of curries. Each came with a dish of rice which paired wonderfully with the thick curry sauce. The Chinese lady owner/cook makes the curry paste every few days with imported spices. This really shows as you can taste a complex blend of fresh turmeric, coriander, cumin and cardamom seeds. The Butter Chicken (42RMB) had tender pieces of chicken in creamy tomato gravy. It was so good we couldn't stop eating it. The Chicken Vindaloo (45RMB) was also delicious, served with potatoes studded with chilies. The spice level was just right for Westerners and Chinese. It makes you sweat but not in a painful way, a very enjoyable heat. The Chicken Mughlai (42RMB) had a sweet, coconut milk flavor. The little bits of a sweet dried fruit were a delightful surprise. Their Chicken Tikka Masala (42RMB) packed a powerful punch of spices and the Vegetable Curry (39RMB) was fine, but didn&amp;rsquo;t have the wow factor of the chicken curries. Mango and banana smoothies (22RMB, 18RMB) were the perfect accompaniment to cool down the heat. Parking is hard to find, if you&amp;rsquo;re lucky you'll catch an empty spot on the side streets. The restaurant is non-smoking, which is all the better so you can enjoy the wonderful smell of spices. We were truly blown away by the curries, bursting with layers of flavor with every bite. If you want a taste of India, give Jackson a try. It's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
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