There are fancier Indian restaurants in Seattle and, lord knows, there are nicer parts of the Ave than this gritty stretch near 50th. But sally forth anyway. Jewel of India is the most delicious Indian restaurant in town. The spices are bold and balanced and fragrant, the sauces are robust, and some dishes are luxuriously creamy without tasting blandly fattening (like some better-known places that will remain nameless). The weekend afternoon buffet is lavish—big cubes of paneer cheese, hunks of meaty butter chicken, kofta balls in korma sauce—and the evening entrées are even better. (Jewel of India, 4735 University Way NE,, 11 am–10 pm)